Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

May 19, 2012 10:16 am

Have your pineapple pancakes and eat dessert too

pineapple pancakes
If you can dream up a dessert, there's a good chance you can make it into pancakes for brunch.

As a chef, I try to keep things seasonal and creative and with brunch, I really get the chance to show a playful side to my cuisine. For this pancake recipe, I was inspired by a trip I took with my family years ago to the Caribbean. I remember having my first pineapple upside-down cake in Jamaica, and I was blown away by how delicious it was. I took that idea and applied it to breakfast, and we got a great response. Like all of the dishes at Moderne Barn, we’re using the same high-quality ingredients – but on the weekends we’re serving them with a lighthearted twist.

Servings: 3


For the batter
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
6 cups milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the pineapple
2 pineapples
1 cup Meyer Rum
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick, cut in 1/4 segments
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the pancake batter: 

  1. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar) together. 
  2. Fold in wet ingredients (vanilla extract, eggs, milk, butter), and mix until smooth. 

For the pineapple: 

  1. Peel and core pineapple, slicing into 1/2 inch circles. 
  2. Place butter in sauté pan with the cinnamon stick. 
  3. Melt the butter until it turns brown. 
  4. Add pineapple and Sauté on both sides. 
  5. Deglaze pan with Meyer rum. 
  6. Add brown sugar and stir. 
  7. Remove pineapple and set aside to cool. 

To assemble: 

  1. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat. 
  2. Using a 3” ring mold and a 4oz ladle spoon, pour pancake batter into the ring mold. 
  3. Add cooled pineapple to each ring mold. 
  4. Cook until pancake bottoms are golden brown on one side. 
  5. Flip the pancake and remove the ring mold. 
  6. Cook through, and transfer to a plate. (Moderne Barn serves 3 pancakes per plate). 
Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
30 minutes
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