Pancake Friday: Pineapple UpsideDown Cake

21 02 2014

When I was in San Diego on Sunday morning, I did a quick Yelp search for the best brunch. I was contemplating a few places, until I saw a review that mentioned a Pancake Flight.

IMG_2117I didn’t need to see any more. I was headed to Snooze, an AM Eatery.

Snooze is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego. I didn’t realize it at the time, but it is right next to D Bar, where I met up with my SOAS teammates and got my picture take with the (celebrity) head chef, Keegan Gerhard.

Keegan Gerhard

No, I didn’t challenge him to a bake off. 🙂

I digress- we’re here to talk about PANCAKES!

Snooze offers quite the variety of pancakes- check out their menu– and I had a tough time deciding which I wanted. The Pineapple upside down cake came highly recommended, so I included that in my order, along with a cinnamon roll and caramel apple pie. I could hardly wait for them to arrive!


There was a little mix up in the kitchen and I got the pancake of the day (oatmeal chocolate chip) instead of the cinnamon roll, but I was too hungry to send it back. I could go for a little chocolate anyhow:-) The other two were just as I had ordered and OH SO GOOD! It seems like the chef at Snooze focuses on having a really good buttermilk batter, to which he/she can make tiny additions to blow it out of the water. The caramel apple had slices of apple on top, a caramel sauce, and this outta control marscapone whipped cream. The pancake that stole the show though was the pineapple upside cake.

pineapple upside down pancake snooze

The pancake had these tiny pineapple chunks that were mini versions of what you’d get in the can- they didn’t seem to be the “crushed pineapple” though. The pineapple was complemented by the cinnamon butter and creme anglaise on top. YUM.

As I sat and enjoyed my delicious breakfast, I couldn’t help but to think back on a pancake I had made before my trip:

IMG_0919It was my own version of pineapple upside down cake! Sure, I didn’t have the compound butter or the creme anglasise (um, but definitely want to next time!) but I thought my pancakes tasted pretty darn good.

I caramelized the pineapple with some brown sugar and butter (and probably would have added some rum to set on fire if Bill had been around)- which I think took these to the next level.


My recipe is a little involved (and because I didn’t take good notes while I was making them over a week ago)- so feel free to make additions/changes as necessary. I think I’d make some swaps next time- i.e. use crushed pineapple in the batter rather than cutting the chunks, and use more pineapple juice.

Brown sugar + Pineapple is an EXCELLENT combination!



Dry Ingredients:
1/2 cup cake flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup dry oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
dash of cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:
1 individual serving of pineapple Greek Yogurt (I actually used the Publix brand that had the stir-in fruit)
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup milk + more if batter is too thick
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 TBS honey

Other additions:
1/2 cup chopped pineapple cubes (or more)- to be stirred in to the batter
1 TBS Brown sugar + 1 TBS butter warmed in a saute pan. When it is a goopy mixture, stir into the batter.
For the topping:
Sauté 1/2 cup pineapple chunks with 1 TBS butter and 1 TBS brown sugar



Three for Thursday

18 08 2011

I need to get me a spoon like Chloe’s to eat my Overnight Oats in a Jar (OOIAJ)! Though I don’t have a special spoon, I do have a favorite bowl I like to eat from:

My “Life’s a Beach” Bowl! I painted this myself several years ago at Color Me Mine. The only problem with it is I can’t stick it in the dishwasher 😦

Speaking of the beach, I promised you a recipe today from my trip home to Jersey.  Well, I’m not going to give you just one recipe, I’m giving you THREE, from the yummy dinner my mom made while I was home.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! Hooray for mom’s cookin’!

Turkey Burgers with Fresh Pineapple Salsa

(Adapted from Reader’s Digest)


12 ounces ground skinless turkey breast
1 apple, peeled and shredded (original recipe calls for Granny smith)
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
Pineapple salsa (Recipe below)
Gouda cheese, for on top of the burgers
Hamburger buns (we used Arnold’s Thins)

How to:

Mix turkey, apple, and breadcrumbs in a medium bowl until blended.

(Photo courtesy of Mom)

Divide into burger patties. Place burgers on a plate, cover and put into freezer until chilled, about 20 minutes.

Grill until browned, about 8 minutes on each side.

Top with cheese, guacamole, and Pineapple Salsa. Enjoy!

Pineapple Salsa


2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
1 mango, peeled and finely chopped
1 small red onion, minced
2 TBS finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp vegetable oil

(Photo courtesy of Mom)

How to:

Combine pineapple, mango, onion, cilantro lemon juice and oil. Cover and set aside. Serve on top of burgers. Or with chips. Or just eat straight. It’s that good. 🙂

Black Bean and Mango Salsa

(From Kraft)


1 envelope GOOD SEASONS Italian Salad Dressing Mix
1 can (16 oz.) black beans, drained, rinsed
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn, thawed (OR FRESH works too!)
1 cup chopped ripe mango
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup lime juice

(Photo courtesy of Mom)

How to:

Combine all ingredients until well blended; cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Serve with chips. I also put it in my salad!

Question of the day: What’s your favorite kind of salsa?