Since coming back from a trip to Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro in Panama’s Caribbean north, I have been instilled with the inspiration of the Caribbean!
Such gorgeous flavour combinations emanate from that part of the world, and whilst, of course, each island and nation of the Caribbean has its own particular dishes and styles, there are many foods and tastes that cross all borders and are very common in the area.
Of course, pineapple is indubitably a Caribbean staple, and as we always have a ton of them kicking around in our fridge I thought where better to start than there?
Although there’s a definite knack to this sauce, it’s not too difficult and can be made quickly.
As much pineapple as you like!
1/4 cup coconut oil + reserve
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup rum
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + reserve
a pinch of nutmeg
In a griddle pan, place a little coconut oil from the reserve and lay the pineapple slices down to grill. You can also do this on an actual grill / BBQ
In a separate pan over a medium-high heat, stir together the coconut oil and brown sugar with a whisk. Stirring is key for this recipe; don’t stop stirring!
When the mixture starts to clump together (after a couple of minutes), pull it off the heat and add in the cinnamon, nutmeg and the rum
Stir gently with the whisk, return to the heat, and keep stirring. It should smooth out while this is happening
(Don’t forget to turn over your pineapple)
Your sauce will start to bubble and froth; this is good. Keep stirring, and smell in that delicious rum as it boil off, leaving you with a smokey rum flavour
Keep stirring with that whisk until your sauce starts to thicken up; remember that it will thicken more when it cools, so don’t let it get too solid. If you do, the coconut oil will start to separate and you’ll have hard caramel
When the sauce is the correct thickness, stack your grilled pineapple, dust with cinnamon and drizzle on the caramel sauce
Eat, eat, eat!
A little of this dessert goes a long way – especially when paired with a vanilla bean vegan ice cream!
Keep an eye out for many more Caribbean recipes in the next few weeks. There is much more great food to be had!