Pastel de Pina
Though "pastel" translates into "pie", this is more of a tart with a lattice top. The pineapple filling is cooked until thick, sticky, and jam-like, the flavor intensifying and acquiring caramel notes as it simmers. It peeks out glossy and golden from the lattice screen that presses it against a crisp layer of buttery crust.
Pina Colada Cupcakes
The base of these treats is a moist vanilla cake that's studded with diced pineapple and flavored with rum and coconut. Each cupcake is topped with a coconut cream cheese frosting (that also contains rum, of course). This two-bite dessert really tastes like a sip of the tropical drink.
Rum-Glazed Pineapple with Toasted Coconut and Vanilla Ice Cream
Something magical happens when pineapple hits the grill. Here, the fruit is glazed with a mix of brown sugar, spiced rum, butter, and vanilla, then grilled until browned with some light charring. Finish off this simple dessert with some vanilla ice cream and toasted coconut.
Pineapple-Dulce de Leche Torta
This is a bit of a mash-up of recipes. It begins with torta chilena, a Napoleon-like Chilean dessert that features layers of puff pastry glued together with rich dulce de leche. Our version takes that dulce de leche and combines it with pastel de pina, a Nicaraguan pineapple-jam treat. The end result is a large, rectangular sheet of pastry spread with pineapple that's been cooked down until deep golden, then topped with a lattice crust. Beautiful, and addictive.
Red Banana Pineapple Bread
This recipe calls for the red banana, a smaller and sweeter variety than the common yellow Cavendish banana. The red banana is paired with another tropical fruit, the pineapple, which does double duty by adding flavor and moisture. The final twist on traditional banana bread is the addition of ground ginger, which adds a spicy kick.
Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca
Agua Fresca is a hot weather Latin American tradition, usually sold from giant glass vitroleros perched atop restaurant and market countertops. Here we've used pineapple and jazzed it up with a few sprigs of mint for a light and refreshing beverage that's reminiscent of a Pina Colada, but much lighter.
Spicy Pineapple and Tequila Sorbet
Inspired by a bad pineapple margarita, our Scooped columnist and soon to be New York editor, Max Falkowitz, created this recipe for spicy pineapple and tequila sorbet. He roasts chunks of fruit to bring out their sweetness, then adds tart, tangy aleppo chile. Though you could make this booze-free, the tequila brings in a nice subtle, vegetal complexity.