My dad once told me of a dessert in which he had indulged, once upon a time in Mexico. A simple dessert, but one for which he could not keep the enthusiasm out of his voice.

After years of hearing about this mythical concoction, I decided to bring it to life. The method of simmering a can of condensed milk until it caramelizes turns out to be pretty popular. It takes a whole (2 to 2.5 hours), but it’s super easy and comes out like dulce de leche. So, really good. Also, this dessert is really good. The citrus of the pineapple cuts the sweetness of the caramel and a dusting of salt just brings out all the flavors. Simple and sweet.

 

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Ingredients:

1 can condensed milk
1 fresh pineapple
fleur de sel (optional)

 

 

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Remove the label from the can of condensed milk and place the can in a pot. Cover with water. This is important, make sure that the water completely covers the can at all times.

Bring the water to a simmer and let the can simmer for approximately 2.5 hours. Make sure to check the water level every once in a while and top it off. If the water ceases to cover the can you risk an explosion of molten caramel. Not fun.

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Towards the end of the cook time, break down your pineapple. Cut off the ends and then cut off the hard pineapple skin. Core, if you please, and then cut the pineapple into slices.

 

 

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When the caramel has finished cooking, carefully remove the can from the water (I highly recommend tongs for this job) and let rest. It will be extremely hot. It you want to speed up the cooking down process, put the can in a bowl of ice water.

When the can has cooled, remove both ends of the can and slice out the caramel, kind of like canned cranberry jelly at Thanksgiving.

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Place a slice of pineapple on a plate and a slice of caramel on top of it. If you are a salty caramel person, then sprinkle some fleur de sel over the the whole shebang. I garnished with some white chocolate flakes. Mostly because it’s pretty. Also, the caramel is pretty darn fantastic with strawberries as well.

 

 

Pineapple with Condensed Milk Caramel
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • fleur de sel (optional)
Instructions
  1. Remove the label from the can of condensed milk and place the can in a pot. Cover with water. This is important, make sure that the water completely covers the can at all times.
  2. Bring the water to a simmer and let the can simmer for approximately 2.5 hours. Make sure to check the water level every once in a while and top it off so that the can stays covered.
  3. Towards the end of the cook time, break down your pineapple. Cut off the ends and then cut off the hard pineapple skin. Core, if you please, and then cut the pineapple into slices.
  4. When the caramel has finished cooking, carefully remove the can from the water and let rest. It will be extremely hot. It you want to speed up the cooking down process, put the can in a bowl of ice water.
  5. When the can has cooled, remove both ends of the can and slice out the caramel, kind of like canned cranberry jelly at Thanksgiving.
  6. Place a slice of pineapple on a plate and a slice of caramel on top of it.
  7. If you are a salty caramel person, then sprinkle some fleur de sel over the the whole shebang.