Candied Pineapple Slices

Candied Pineapple Slices 2Here is a Gr8 idea for a gift or garnishing a cake or serving alongside ice cream for dessert. This is one of those recipes that is versatile AND…BONUS…EVERYONE will love these!

I decided to make Candied Pineapple to put on top of the Pineapple Rum Cake that was the dessert for Kyle and Joel’s Margaritaville Gr8 Dinner. There were leftovers so each couple got some in a little plastic gift bag just for a snack!Candied Pineapple Slices 1

These are not difficult, but if you don’t have a dehydrator (I don’t), then the oven time could be lengthy. So make sure you are going to be home. Candied Pineapple Slices 3

Candied Pineapple Slices

Ingredients:

  • 1 large fresh pineapple
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar

Directions:

  1. Peel the pineapple, remove the eyes, then slice in about 3/8″ slices. (You don’t have to be super accurate, but you want the slices thicker than 1/4″ and not quite 1/2″.)
  2. Stir together the water and sugar in a large pot (I used my Dutch oven) over high heat. (If it doesn’t look like this will cover all the pineapple, then add another 1/2 cup of sugar and one cup of water.)
  3. Bring the sugar water to a rolling boil.
  4. When the water is boiling, carefully add the sliced pineapple and bring the syrup back to a simmer.
  5. Cover and simmer for 50-60 minutes until the fruit is translucent.
  6. With a slotted spoon remove the pineapple rings from the syrup and place on a cooling rack placed on top of a baking sheet to drain. Do not overlap the slices.
  7. If you have a dehydrator, then follow the directions to dry the rings.
  8. If you are using your oven, preheat to 200ºF.
  9. Place the pans with the racks of fruit into the oven to dry. In my oven this took 6 hours; but I live in a humid environment, so it may take less time in your oven. Check the fruit occasionally to see if it is done.
  10. Sprinkle slices generously with granulated sugar.
  11. Now try to keep your family from eating them all up before you serve them!

Adapted from Dumbledore’s Vegan Army.

Gr8 Do-Ahead Tip:

Store slices separated by waxed paper or parchment paper in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Gr8 Tip for the Leftover Syrup:

Don’t toss that sweet, pineapple-y syrup you’ve just made! Use it to brush onto your cake layers or use it instead of simple syrup in a tropical cocktail.

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