Monday, September 13, 2010

GD cooking class - fresh pineapple + pineapple chili popsicles

Lots to learn today!!

We'll start by learning how to prep a fresh pineapple and then we'll turn that pineapple into a delicious, sweet treat with a little kick! 
And healthy too!  Only 65 calories a pop, this is a great way to enjoy your sweets and still fit into that bathing suit :)

Prepping a Pineapple
1 fresh pineapple, smelled at the base to see if it's sweet and ripe
Sharp, serrated knife

Begin by chopping off the top and bottom.

Stand the pineapple up and carefully slice off the hard, outer layer.

Slice into quarters.

Stand each quarter up and slice off hard core.

Slice each remaining quarter in half, lengthwise, and dice into large cubes.

Store in a tupperware in the fridge and use within 3-4 days.

Now, let's do something with that yummy fresh pineapple!

Pineapple Chili Popsicles
Makes 9.
1 fresh pineapple, cubed
3/4 cup pineapple juice
Juice of one lime
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
9 bathroom cups, wax-lined
9 popsicle sticks

In a food processor, add 3/4 of the cubed pineapple.

Add pineapple juice, lime juice, sugar, and chili powder.
Blend until smooth.

(I accidentally blended before adding the chili matters not!)

Chop the remaining quarter of pineapple cubes and fold into blended mixture.

Pour into the cubs and insert a popsicle stick.  (Or plastic spoon, if you find that you look in your craft closet and you are out of craft sticks :( )

Freeze until solid, peel off paper cup and enjoy!!


  1. Hey! I think I know you through Hannah and Justin. :)

    Question: your recipes look amazing---so do you know what I should do with this 'young coconut' covered in plastic wrap I bought on a whim the other day?! I'm clueless.

  2. Hey! Yes, we know Hannah and Justin and I am a blog stalker of yours :)
    Young coconut....tricky! Honestly, I wouldn't do much to it...gotta showcase the flavors. So, what I'd do is shred it to use maybe as a topping for a mango sorbet with a bit of local honey? Or fold into fresh tapioca pudding, or into a light milk shake of sorts. Or I LOVE curry but that might diminish the excellent flavor....but I am a sucker for a really spicy homemade curry with lots of coconut.
    Let me know what you do with it!


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