Jul 13, 2011

Sassy Pineapple

Fizzy Pineapple

Just a quick recipe to show you how we like to eat our pineapple here for dessert. Well, recipe is a big word.

Most of my recipes have a common denominator: savoriness. With one exception, and that is fruit. Huge chunks of fresh and sweet fruit that have a cheerful explode-in-your-mouth juiciness to them make me really happy.

Pineapple -or ananas as we call it- is one of those fruits. Pineapple lends itself perfectly to savory dishes, that aside, but we like to eat it sprinkled with a mint sugar that’s infused with the warmth of cinnamon and the zing of chilies.

When you add flavors like that to your fruit, you create a whole new and interesting dimension to it. A genuine flavor-bomb that will be the perfect ending to any summer dinner, be it BBQ, buffet, pizza, or a simple sandwich.



1 ripe pineapple
3 to 4 tbsp sugar (or castor sugar)
1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp dried chili flakes
handful fresh mint leaves



I prefer to use a cinnamon stick for this that I grind with my mortar & pestle. It makes me feel like a witch.
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Add the dried chili flakes. The chili really makes the flavor of the pineapple pop.
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Add 1 tsp sugar and start grinding.
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Until you have a fine powder.
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Fresh mint goes perfect with pineapple.
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I’ve added a good handful of mint leaves and 2 more tbsp sugar. Now, mash the heck out of it.
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And keep mashing. It’s therapeutic.
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Finally you end up with a wicked green sugar that smells heavenly.
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Remove the pineapple skin.
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Remove the core and cut it in thin slices.
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The blue nail polish looks horrible, at least I think it does, but my son adores it. The things we do for love, right? I’m a sucker.

Sprinkle the mint sugar over the pineapple and garnish with mint leaves. This is so tasty.

Fizzy Pineapple

Sassy Pineapple
    1 ripe pineapple
    3 to 4 tbsp sugar (or castor sugar)
    1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp dried chili flakes
    handful fresh mint leaves
    Use a mortar and pestle to grind the cinnamon stick. Add the dried chili flakes, one tbsp sugar, and keep mashing until you have a fine powder.

    Add a good handful of fresh mint and the remaining sugar. Mash it until you have a beautifully green sugar.

    Peel the pineapple. remove the core and thinly slice it.

    Sprinkle the sugar all over the pineapple and garnish with some mint leaves.
Meal type: dessert
Servings: 4
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    1. 1

      those pineapples are already delicious..i bet they become more tasty!

      peachkins on Jul 13, 2011 @ 10:21 am Reply
    2. 2

      Wow, we call it ananas in Hindi too !! Sounds like a terrific combination of flavours !

      Arch on Jul 13, 2011 @ 1:20 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Wow… what an interesting flavor combination.  I love pineapple and I have an abundance of mint growing in my herb garden.  Looks like I’ll be making this very soon.  :)

      Andrea on Jul 13, 2011 @ 1:46 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Pineapple lends itself well to spice, love the idea of sweet-hot, reminds me of the chili infused chocolate you find everywhere now.  Creative idea here.

      Judy on Jul 13, 2011 @ 2:00 pm Reply
      1. Haven’t seen any chili infused chocolate over here yet or I would have been all over it like a cheap suit! 

        ps: mango and chili is also a great combo.

        Kay on Jul 13, 2011 @ 2:41 pm Reply
    5. 5

      wow!! we do have something similar like this in Indonesia minus the cinnamon and mint and yes more chilli. Usually the street vendors sell it along with cut pineapple, guava, mango, watermelon and seasonal fruits. Great recipe!  

      Nathania on Jul 13, 2011 @ 6:08 pm Reply
    6. 6

      I can feel the citrus tastebuds going in my mouth…
      I have never seen pineapple in this light. The spicy and sour….hmmmm yum!
      Thanks for the recipe.
      PS. I so enjoy your photos

      Ana le Roux on Jul 14, 2011 @ 7:31 pm Reply
    7. 7

      I bet if you grilled the pineapple first it would be even better! I can’t wait to try it!

      Betsy on Jul 18, 2011 @ 1:25 am Reply
    8. 8

      YUM!  I made this over the weekend, as it reminded me of something I had from a street vender in Thailand.  It was very good, with a great kick. My non-fruit eating husband loved it.

      I decided I am more of a “modern” witch and opted for my mini food processor after my micro-sized mortar and pestle failed to get the job done (ie, I lost patience as did my toddler!)  It turned out to be great time saver. 

      I had some left over paste and decided it would be a great addition to my mojito- it was!  

      My family loves “Hawaiian” pizzas with ham and pineapples, I think I’ll add this paste the next time we make it.  

      I wonder what else I could use it on……

      Thanks for inspiring!


      Erin on Jul 26, 2011 @ 5:20 am Reply
    9. 9

      This is pure genius. So simple yet adds the perfect punch. It is fresh, spicy, and delicious. Thank you for taking pineapple to the next level!

      Kaylin on Oct 7, 2012 @ 3:54 am Reply

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