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Caramelized Pineapple with Hot Chocolate Sauce

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

There’s no other way to put this: these are fruit kebabs. I know how this sounds, but that’s not how they taste. Now that we’ve got that over with, I’ll go on: these skewer-threaded chunks of pineapple are sprinkled with sugar and blitzed on the grill or under the broiler till that absurdly yellow, tropical-sunshine flesh is scorched a deep, golden brown. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there is more. You make a thick, dark coconut-rum-deepened chocolate sauce and dip the pineapple into it as you eat (Malibu is coconut-flavored rum). For hygiene’s sake, and it’s not often you’ll hear me saying that, it might be wise to give each person their own little bowl of molten chocolate sauce for repeated, fondue-style dunkings, though you can simply stick a ladle in a big bowl of the stuff and let everyone spoon the sauce over the pineapple, on their plates, as they eat. To make this less a backyard grill-fest, however, you can forget the bamboo skewer element and simply sugar and broil pieces of pineapple and serve them up to be eaten relatively elegantly, with knife and fork, a pitcher of hot chocolate sauce on the table alongside.

Serves8

Cooking Methodbroiling, grilling

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Equipmentgrill

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturechocolatey, rich, sweet, tangy

Type of Dishchocolate dessert, dessert, fruit

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe pineapple
  • Approx. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Demerara or granulated brown sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids
  • ½ cup Malibu or other rum
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. 14 bamboo skewers soaked in cold water to stop them catching fire in the heat of the broiler or grill

  2. Preheat the broiler or grill. Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple and, working vertically, slice the skin off the fruit. Cut into quarters and then into about three pieces again lengthwise so that you have wedges of pineapple. Cut out the woody core and thread the wedges onto the soaked bamboo skewers lengthwise and arrange these in a shallow dish.

  3. Put the chocolate, broken up into pieces, into a thick-bottomed pan along with the Malibu and melt over a low heat. Then, stirring, pour in the cream, plus any juice that has gathered from the fruit. When the sauce is thick, smooth and hot, pour into a bowl with a ladle, or enough little bowls to give one per person.

  4. Lay the pineapple kebabs on a sheet of foil and either broil or grill the pineapple, thickly coating it with Demerara sugar first, until it caramelizes and scorches in the heat.

  5. Take from the broiler or grill and lay them on a large plate and let everyone take them as they want, dipping the pineapple skewers into the hot chocolate sauce as they eat.

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