Chef John's Pineapple Upside

This iconic American dessert looks like a simple, rustic fruit cobbler when it comes out of the oven, all browned and bubbling, but a few minutes later, when it's turned over and that gloriously caramelized surface is revealed, it becomes so much more.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in brown sugar, pineapple juice, and dark rum. Cook over medium-low...


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
  • 1/2 small fresh pineapple - peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cold milk

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