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Honey Roasted Pineapple Cupcakes

Honey Roasted Pineapple Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1/2 fresh pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup Wildflower honey, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 large eggs

Honey Pineapple Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon Wildflower honey
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup
  • 14 pineapple wedges

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cupcakes: Remove rind from pineapple, slice and cut into wedges.
  3. Put 2 tablespoons butter in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan and place in oven 2 to 3 minutes, until melted. Remove from oven and add 1/4 cup honey; stir. Place pineapple wedges in a single layer; return pan to oven. Roast for 10 minutes, turn wedges over and roast an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from oven to a cooling rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  5. Remove 14 wedges from pan; set aside.
  6. Measure 2 tablespoons of pineapple syrup from pan; set aside.
  7. Place remaining pineapple and syrup in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Place 3/4 cup of pineapple mixture in a liquid measuring cup. Add ginger and buttermilk; set aside.
  8. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  9. In a mixing bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter until fluffy; scraping sides of bowl, as necessary. Add 1/4 cup honey; mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition. Add half of the reserved dry ingredients to the butter mixture; mix on low until just combined. With mixer running on low, slowly add the buttermilk mixture. Add remaining dry ingredients until just combined. Fill paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove to wire rack; cool.
  10. Frost with Honey Pineapple Whipped Cream, if desired.
  11. Honey Pineapple Whipped Cream: In a mixing bowl, combine whipping cream, honey and syrup. Beat until peaks form. Spread or pipe onto cupcakes. Garnish with pineapple wedges.

Yield: 12 to 14; about 1 cup whipped cream

Recipe and photo credit: National Honey Board - nhb.org


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