Pineapple Angel Food Cake
This recipe is not original. I picked it up years ago at a Weight Watcher’s® Meeting in Atlanta. It’s been posted many times on social media. Just in case you’ve missed it, here is a hasty tasty dessert that is made a smidgen healthier by adding fruit. Enjoy!
Pineapple Angel Food Cake
1 angel food cake mix
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Empty the contents of the cake mix into the bowl of your mixer.
Add the entire can of crushed pineapple to the mix.
Stir on lowest speed to combine for 30 seconds.
Increase speed to high and whip for one minute. Set a timer. It’s important not to overbeat.
Pour into a large Bundt pan or tube pan (or you may use two smaller tube or loaf pans) until 2/3 full. Don’t overfill.
Place in the center rack of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick tests clean.
Remove from oven and cool, upside down, for one hour.
Run a knife gently around the edges and remove cake from pan.
Invert cooled cake onto a plate.
That’s it. If you keep a box of angel food cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple in your pantry, you’re ready for a quick and easy dessert.
It’s no secret I’m a fan of the Vitamix and believe it’s worth every penny of its price tag. I’ve been using one for twenty years now, and I’ve made many combinations of drinks with it (whole juice, not extracted juice, is much better for you). One recipe is my go-to morning drink, and this is it.
Pineapple Orange Juice
Ingredients 1 cup fresh pineapple (include core)
1 organic orange, peeled and quartered
1 dried prune (For sweetness. You won’t taste it, I promise!)
½ cup water
1 cup ice cubes
Place all ingredients in the Vitamix container (ice goes in last). Process on Variable Speed 1, stepping up to 10. Then High Speed until blended, approximately one minute. Makes 2 8-oz glasses or 4 4-oz glasses.
It’s a great way to start your day with vitamins and fiber. Good morning!
It’s Thanksgiving week. Here by request is a repeat of my cranberry sauce recipe. It’s easy and so much better than canned, so give it a try. Happy Thanksgiving!
The tart cranberry is delicious and healthful. Unfortunately, the cranberry is overlooked except during the holidays yet is good any time of the year. But don’t open up a can of jellied cranberry sauce–make your own! In less than 30 minutes, you can have homemade cranberry sauce. You can store it in the refrigerator in a mold or in the serving bowl–your choice. Molds are impressive but not necessary. Here’s my Hasty Tasty version:
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Process until smooth.
Serve or store in the refrigerator.
Hasty Tasty Cranberry Sauce
- Combine brown sugar and juice of an orange (reserve zest) in a 2-quart sauce pan. Add cranberries.
- Gently heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for fifteen minutes or until berries burst.
- Remove from heat. Stir in zest of orange and grated ginger.
- Carefully tranfer contents to the Vitamix or a food processor. Cover.*
- Beginning with the lowest speed (Vitamix variable speed 1), process cranberries to desired consistency. Just pulse a few times for a chunkier sauce.*
- Carefully pour sauce into a mold or a serving dish, cover, and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour. Overnight is better.
*Processing the sauce is optional. Cranberries taste great either whole sauce or pureed.
Yield: 1 pint cranberry sauce
Variations: add your choice of seasonings in place of the grated ginger, such as cloves, cinnamon, or even jalapeño pepper!
By now you know I’m a fan of the Vitamix. I use it at least once a day and consider it worth the investment (yes, it’s a bit expensive). I make whole fruit juice every morning to ensure we get our daily serving of fruit. To keep from getting in a rut, I vary the “recipe” or fruit combinations. I now have a new favorite: Cherry Pineapple. Yum!
Here’s how I make it. In the container of my Vitamix I add ¼ cup water, ¼ of a fresh pineapple (include the core), 2 prunes (for sweetness–you don’t taste them), and 10 frozen cherries. Process on Variable Speed from 1 to 10 then switch to High speed. It takes less than a minute and yields 1 eight-ounce glass or 2 four-ounce glasses of juice. Try it!