This week I wanted to make something with crushed pineapple. I somehow ended up with a huge can, so I’m going to split it up into several dishes. But the first recipe I had kicking around was for these dessert bars.

This is Quick Pineapple Dessert!

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From Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers, Dessert Edition, 1963

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 1 cup flour
 1 cup brown sugar
 1 tsp soda
 ½ tsp salt
 1 egg
 8 ½ oz canned crushed pineapple, undrained
Topping
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 ¼ cup chopped nutswe used pecans

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Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix, pour into greased 8x10 pan. Sprinkle topping over the surface. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (Our bars took 25 minutes) Bars should be browned around edges. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Ingredients

 1 cup flour
 1 cup brown sugar
 1 tsp soda
 ½ tsp salt
 1 egg
 8 ½ oz canned crushed pineapple, undrained
Topping
 ¼ cup brown sugar
 ¼ cup chopped nutswe used pecans

Directions

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Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix, pour into greased 8x10 pan. Sprinkle topping over the surface. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (Our bars took 25 minutes) Bars should be browned around edges. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Quick Pineapple Dessert

The bonus with this recipe was that it was really simple, so I could have Alex help me.

She has been kicking around lately and getting a little bored, especially when it’s raining outside.

But she was excited about making these. She loves canned pineapple. Fresh pineapple, not so much.

These came together really quickly, and we were able to shove them in the oven so she could run off to play Calico Critters virtually with her cousins.

The recipe said to bake for 30 to 40 minutes, but at about minute 25 they started to smell like they were done. I tried to resist it and let them bake for longer, since I wasn’t sure of what the texture should be, but I was only able to hold out until minute 27.ย  I wasn’t willing to go any longer.

They seemed to be done, and the brown sugar made them extra springy and sticky. But they smelled amazing.

“Oh man, what smells so good?”

“Come and test it.”

“Only if I get ice cream and a cherry.”

“What do you think? You look a little stunned.”

“It’s perfect. It really aligns with my plan to gain 50 pounds during the pandemic.”

The Verdict: Delicious

From The Tasting Notes –ย 

An interesting, chewy brown sugar bar that is a cross between a cookie and coffee cake. I might have overbaked it just slightly, and I wonder if it is supposed to be more pudding-like and less like a bar cookie. Either way, it is excellent with ice cream and whipped cream. While I was mixing these together, I wondered if the end result would be like pineapple upside-down cake, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was more like a brown sugar cookie than anything. If you love the taste of brown sugar and pineapple, make sure you make these this weekend. And then send me some more, because my kids ate all of mine already.

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