Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pineapple Upside Down Pudding

In one of the Neels novels that I've recently read, the family has "pineapple upside down pudding." Sorry, I forgot to take a note of which book (which probably means that it is one that Betty Kiera has reviewed). I can't imagine pineapple upside down pudding as anything other than what we Yanks call pineapple upside down cake. I totally agree that my offering is not as pretty as those made with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries, but that's fine, I loathe and despise maraschino cherries, and I didn't have a can of pineapple rings handy. Besides, the chunky pineapple is easier to eat, and yes, I ruined my dinner.

Betty Debbie's Pineapple Upside Down Whatever

1/2 cup butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained
1 prepared cake mix (yellow or pineapple - yes, they make pineapple cake mix)

Melt butter in a 9 x 13 pan. Evenly sprinkle brown sugar then pineapple chunks. Pour cake mix over the top, then cook for about 45 minutes at 350'. Let cool for 5 minutes, then carefully flip over onto pan or plate.



  1. FYI, pudding usually means any kind of dessert, not just what we Americans think of as pudding, a custardy-kind of thing. My mother is from New Zealand and calls all desserts pudding, even when it's Jello! Or fruit salad, or cake, or pie.......

  2. Oh, but Jell-O is a "jelly" in the UK (I'm having a hard time expunging images of "jellies" that one purchases from the personal hygiene aisle).

    But yes, pudding is synonymous with dessert -- to ask after dinner "What's for pudding?" is not as silly as it sounds.

  3. Glad you're back, Betty Magdalen, have you been away or just busy?

  4. I have fond memories of making this at girls camp in a dutch oven.