More often than not my meal planning starts with looking at recipes, then going to the store to purchase what is needed for that particular dish. Much less frequently I start with the thought “What should I do with this ____ that I have left over.” Dessert the other night was a case of the latter.
For my wife’s birthday I made a beautiful Heirloom Tomato Torte, which used one frozen puff pastry sheet as the base. The thing is, the Pepperidge Farm pasty I bought for that came in packs of two sheets. With my in-laws coming over for dinner the other night I decided to see what I could make that used the one pastry sheet I had left over so it wouldn’t go to waste.
With that one goal in mind I browsed through the dessert recipes on the Pepperidge Farms site hoping to find something that both looked interesting AND was simple to make. The Grilled Pineapple Tart that I found seemed to fit both those criteria.
As what seems usual for me in the kitchen ‘simple to make’ does not always equate to ‘quick to make’. In truth this was pretty easy to put together, just took much longer than I anticipated. As dinner that night was on a day Anthony had a cross country meet, I had made soup in the crockpot so I didn’t need to fuss with the main course when the meet was over. When we got home from what turned out to be a great race I quickly cut and grilled the pineapple, then thought I had plenty of time to relax before my in-laws arrived. In retrospect I should have done a bit more of the prep work on dessert – toasting the coconut as well as defrosting and then rolling out the pastry sheet – before they arrived. As it was I started those tasks as they walked through the door, and then found myself standing at the kitchen counter scrambling to put dessert together as they were chatting before dinner.
That said don’t let my poor time planning discourage anyone who might want to try this. It was easy to make, looks beautiful, and tastes delicious. You just need to do a bit better planning so making it doesn’t interrupt your meal (or the time you want to spend visiting with your guests). I’ll leave you with one more photo both to tempt and encourage you to tackle this.
Recipe: Grilled Pineapple Tart