These tropical inspired bars highlight the rich sweetness of guava paste by nestling a big slab between a layer of shortbread and a crunchy oat topping.
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It may have been the '80s entertaining scene or remnants from my mother's childhood, but I remember in candid detail some rather outré desserts being served at parties at home. "Merengón" was a popular one—the large version of Floating Islands, filled with some tropical fruit-based sorbet, as was Baked Alaska, and other icebox cakes that looked exotic and kitschy. For some reason, most of these recollections take on a fading yellowish hue in my mind, like old photos in an album.
Combined with a base of oats there is dried mango, candied pineapple and papaya, fatty macadamia nuts, pepitas, coconut flakes, banana chips, and Brazil nuts. The dressing for the granola is a mixture of agave syrup, olive oil, and coconut sugar. The result is a crunchy, sweet breakfast (or ice cream topping) that is rich and flavorful. It's meant to transport you to the tropics, not the yoga studio.
Coconut, macadamias, Brazil nuts, banana, mango, pineapple, papaya: this granola puts a ton of tropical flavors into one bowl.
I love pineapple in most any form, but if I had to pick, I'd say roasted pineapple is my favorite preparation. This week's pie, which is actually a tart, is designed to highlight the sweet, concentrated flavor of roasted pineapple by layering it with a cool, subtle vanilla cream, a crumbly coconut crust, and a layer of crackly brûléed sugar on top. It's basically an awesome, tropical crème brûlée, reminiscent of a pina colada, in tart form.
This is basically an awesome, tropical crème brûlée that's reminiscent of a pina colada, in tart form.
Here at the Serious Eats World Headquarters we rejoice the end of March for many reasons; "Hello, Spring weather!" and "Hallelujah, the return of ice cream" are certainly major contenders. But mid-March is also the beginning of a glorious season. That's right, folks, we're talking about pineapple season! Here are 7 of our favorite pineapple inspired recipes.
These pocket sized Coconut Cream Jar Pies from Handheld Pies are not exactly like the slice you'd find at your local diner, and the fact that it comes in a jar is only the beginning.