Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Heavenly Cake - Caramelized Pineapple Pudding Cakes


Brown and yellow spangled, slightly mangled, caramel-y chew, sweet puddin' cakes.

"First try my cake!" Chavi said. I thought the fly swatter added just the right touch...

In all honesty, my heart was not in it in this one. I was a bit overwhelmed by this recipe and just started work after vacation. I was puckered out. I took a bit of a short cut with this brioche. Since enriched bread is not helped as much by a long slow maturation of the yeast anyway and we are glomming on to this lots of other goo I decided to skip all of the refrigeration and shaping steps. I did do the soaker for an hour or two and then just mixed it all together to form a very battery type dough.

I gave it one good, long, rise for about 2 1/2 hours.

Pop em in the toaster. A dairy bread must have a known shape to comply with kosher laws. Brioche is the perfect example. Thus, I did not make it into a standard loaf. I covered the top with tinfoil 3/4 of the way through. Only the bottom got a little burnt.

Cut these up before I went to work. They were perfect when I got home.

creme anglais and brioche ready to cool.

I made the second caramel in a sauce pan, poured the pineapple in and then poured it all into this tinfoil to toast.

The bottom caramel, on the other hand, became these lovely little frisbees.

I did not even attempt to make a swirly pattern...

It looks like the caramel turned out pretty much rock hard like everyone elses. Some of it was more like taffy though. We had spaghetti and meat sauce tonight so we will have to wait until tomorrow to taste them. I'll try to update the post when we do.

-Update. These taste outrageous! Really delicious and worth the effort.


  1. LOL! Your little girl is so adorable...esp her expression holding the caramel! She's happy with the caramel candy! "D

    I don't quite understand the diary bread with the shape though..why is it diary bread has to be a certain shape for the kosher law? Just wondering...

  2. ב''ה

    Faithy, we are not allowed to mix meat and dairy products together. We also have to wait 6 hours after eating meat to eat dairy again. So, that means two sets of dishes, two sinks, two ovens (this is why I use the toaster for dairy) etc. Since bread is a staple for both meat and dairy meals, if dairy bread had a normal shape we would come to eat it by accident with meat. We therefore only make dairy bread with a special shape.

  3. Your girls are so cute! Love the flower pot and fly swatter spatula. Caramel frisbees! You could have put them on a stick and had those expensive See's Candy suckers. I bet they would have tasted exactly the same. Your brioche is lovely. Can't believe you made it after vacation.

  4. Oh...now i understand. Thanks for telling me so. sorry for being ignorant, but can i ask one more silly question? Why can't mix meat and dairy products together?

  5. You really are determined. I could not have accomplished Rose's recipe after coming back from vacation. Your daughter looks too cute holding the hard caramel. You loved the dessert!!! I would bake Rose's brioche again but that is where I would stop. I think you did a wonderful job and love your idea for using a muffin pan to make the individual pineapple desserts.

  6. ב''ה

    Faithy, not mixing dairy and meat is a biblical Jewish tradition. You can read more about it if you're curious.


  7. Thanks Mendy for the link! I'll read up now. :D

  8. Your daughter looks so cute with the caramel!