9 March 2010

Deanna In The Kitchen: Pineapple Slice

Silvermoon Dragon from Dragon Musings just celebrated  her two year blogoversary.  To celebrate, she decided to hold a blog event called Kids in the Kitchen.  I think this is a great idea.  Our children get their eating (and hopefully, cooking) habits from their parents so it's very important to teach them the good and the bad about food and ingredients.

My 3 year old, loves to help out in the kitchen.  Actually she gets terribly upset if you start without her, especially when it comes to making cakes and sweets. Since my son, was born, much of my attention has been on him, so I do like to have some private mum and daughter time.  We mostly spend this time, doing art and craft and of course, cooking and baking.  Yes, it does take a little longer and yes, it is messier but spending precious times together and coming up with delicious results stay with you in memory and heart long after the mess and dishes has been cleaned up.

For the Kids in the Kitchen Blog event, we made pineapple slice together.  Deanna loves to sitr and mix, so that was her job.  The only problem is that she likes to taste everything while cooking.  I have to stop her most times or else there won't be any ingredients left.  

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 185g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300ml thickened cream
  • 440g can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup custard powder
  1. Preheat oven 180c.
  2. Grease a 19cm x 30cm pan. Line base and sides with baking paper, extending 2cm above sides of pan. This will make pulling out the slice easier.
  3. Combine coconut, sugar and flour in a bowl. Add butter and vanilla. Mix to combine. Press over base of prepared pan.
  4. Cook in oven for 15 - 20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely in pan.
  5. Meanwhile make the topping. In a saucepan over a medium heat, combine the pineapple topping ingredients. Keep stirring until mixture boils and thickens.
  6. Pour evenly over the cooled base and spread evenly. Refrigerate until set.
  7. Beat cream until firm peaks form and spread over set topping.
  8. To serve, lift the pineapple slice from the pan and cut into squares.

Bon Appetite,


/* */ Anna said...

Gorgeous post. and the slice reminds me of my grandma. very nostalgic.thanks @pandas_4

/* */ Dinners and Dreams said...

Beautiful girl and beautiful cake.


/* */ SilverMoon Dragon said...

Oh, we're are too jealous for words! Miss Four is very put out that Deanna gets to sit on the benches, and I have have serious kitchen envy. Oh, those benches, the red and silver!

Thanks so much for entering, and she is gorgeous ;)

/* */ Ange said...

She is gorgeous & I love that she is sitting on the bench helping out, is that normal or just for the photos? I love cooking with my 3 yr old Chloe too & ditto on the tasting along the way

/* */ penny aka jeroxie said...

So cute and how nice to do it together! This is such a great idea :)

/* */ Caroline said...

your daughter is so adorable! It's always fun when kids want to help out in the kitchen. Lovely looking cake, something I want bake since my family loves pineapples.

/* */ ♥¸¸.•*¨Skip to Malou¨¨*•.¸¸♥¸ said...

awww so adorable! moments like these are PRICELESS! I miss those days when my daughters are this little too! Time goes by fast, so enjoy them!

/* */ Cherrie Pie said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments of my daughter.

Silvermoon dragon, thanks for holding this blog event. It was a great idea.

Ange, she does sit on the bench when she helps out. LOL. Probably not a good habit to get her into :p

Caroline, definitely, make this. It's yummy.

Malou, I definitely am trying to spend more timewith them :)

/* */ Jamie said...

Oh she is gorgeous and the pictures of her baking are too cute! What fun she must be to bake with! I love it!

/* */ Tangled Noodle said...

You have an adorable sous-chef! 'She likes to taste everything while cooking . . .' [LOL] Already she's got the number one rule of cooking down pat - always taste before you serve. This pineapple slice looks so scrumptious!

/* */ Sunday said...

She looks like she's having so much fun baking that! The slice looks delicious too. Beautiful little girl you have :)

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