This year we did something a little different for Christmas in the Hicks-Burch family. Most of us were the walking wounded this year or really pressed for time (those of you with pre-schoolers will understand that one!) This was the year the family would gather on Christmas Eve and Tall & Handsome and I would be home Christmas Day.
So Mom and I talked and she was really in agreement for catering out for Christmas Eve and giving it the “homey” touch with the desserts. And, that’s exactly what we did.
It was a surprising and astounding success. I wouldn’t be surprised if we take that approach again.
My contributions were my Orange Dreamsicle Pound Cake and a Pig Pickin’ Cake (recipe to soon follow). Christmas Day T & H and I decided to continue with new traditions and I made a big pan of baked ziti (recipe to also soon follow).
But, on Christmas Eve morning a crisis was averted when I discovered a kitchen hack while making my Pig Pickin’ cake. I needed 20 ounces of crushed pineapple. T & H had already gone to the grocery a day or two before and he said things were really picked over. He purchased three small cans of what he thought were crushed pineapple.
Well, when I went to the pantry to gather up the supplies for my cake, imagine my panic to discover I had cans of pineapple chunks!
T & H suggested using the blender on them, but Doubting Thomas here had to verify that with the true authority – the internet!
So, here is my Christmas Kitchen Hack for you:
How to make crushed pineapple with pineapple chunks, tidbits or rings
1. Place your available pineapple in a blender with some of the liquid. You will have to adjust the amount of liquid because you won’t need all of the liquid in the can. It’s easy to gage the proper amount of liquid. You don’t want it too “soupy”.
2. Pulse the pineapple until the texture resembles crushed pineapple.
3. Pour into a measuring cup until you have the required amount of crushed pineapple.
I used mine in the icing for the Pig Pickin’ cake and it was perfect and the cake was a hit.
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