Pineapple, juicy yellow fruit that most of us love was once so expensive that it was considered a sign of opulence and grandeur. The rich and affluent used to throw dinner parties and display it like a centerpiece. I enjoy pineapples a lot. Everyone who has ever tried this fruit knows that pineapples are like a deadly dame. The enzymes in the fresh fruit dissolve the top of the tongue, cheeks, and lips. However, it is a nefariously delicious fruit. It is similar to sweet pain. When I visualize myself teleported in the 17th century, I see myself as a stealthy ninja, stealing the delectable fruit from all those parties and wolfing it down. It is hard to imagine the wearying wait. Or, I would probably be conning people to get my hands at the intoxicatingly aromatic fruit. 

Thanks to industrialist James Dole, pineapples are no longer a coveted luxury. The evolution of pineapples from an opulent commodity to an easily accessible fruit is the second-best gift that humanity has received after Prometheus gave the gift of fire to us. 

Although Dole pineapples are available all over the USA, I think the best pineapples I ate was in Hawaii itself. Dole pineapples are cultivated in Hawaii and shipped off all over the world and to other states in the US. The availability of freshly produced fruit probably added to the charm. I have been enjoying pineapple juice since I was a kid. However, the pineapple juice in Hawaii tasted nothing short of Ambrosia itself. I remember eating so many pineapples, that not even Hawaii’s shaved ice could numb the pain on my tongue. The pain was worth every chunk of pineapples. 

And as they say no gain without pain. The pain sensation from eating pineapples deters people so much that they relinquish their share of the fruit to me. I, under the guise of helping them enjoy their share of fruit and enjoy reverence in their eyes for my altruism.  

More Pineapple for Kriti. Yay!!!

Yesterday, when I saw my fruit vendor selling pineapples my reflex action was to ask him to juice it so that I would enjoy the drink instantly. Thankfully better senses prevailed. Owing to the pandemic, enjoying freshly squeezed juice in the market is a luxury we can no longer afford. I bought a pineapple home. Peeling a pineapple is not for the faint-hearted. After some painful cuts and scratches, the pineapple was peeled and ready to be eaten. As I took the first bite I realized, the fruit was as sour as a lemon. With a heavy heart, I started rummaging my brain for ideas. The logical step in these situations is to grind the fruit with sugar and mix cream and make ice cream. But when I opened my refrigerator, it was already stocked with my previous experiments of mango ice cream.

As I was closing the door, I noticed a box of vanilla ice cream. It dawned on me that the perfect dish would be pineapple streusel served with vanilla ice cream on the top. I mixed a tablespoon of corn starch and two tablespoons of sugar in the chopped pineapple and spread it into a baking dish. For the streusel, I used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour in an attempt to make it healthier. I mixed 3/4th cup of granulated sugar into one cup of Whole purpose flour and added chopped butter in the mix. I used a fork to mix the cold butter. This process renders a crumbly mixture to the streusel. This was the first time I tried my hand at making the streusel. I am glad I followed the recipe to the last dot, or the streusel dough would have ended up as a cohesive dough. Although I enjoy cookies a lot, I was attempting a different dish.

I spread the toppings evenly over the pineapple in the baking dish. I put it into the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (around 175 degrees Celsius) and waited. What I didn’t foresee was that the wait would turn out to be maddening as after 20 minutes or so, the whole house was full of pineapple aroma. 

Streusel dough spread as toppings on pineapple

I had to wait another 10 minutes before taking it out of the oven. The top looked a little charred, but when I tasted it, there was no hint of it. I served myself a generous amount with ice cream on top. The ice cream was cherry on the top.

Another experiment successful!!!