Sorry to be posting this a tad late. I was going to do it yesterday, but fell into a deep REM-state coma all afternoon, so you're getting it today! Truth be told, I haven't made this recipe yet, but I'm currently staring at the picture of it and I'm salivating. SO, it's gotta be good, right?? Check it out.

(Courtesy of 2010 Ultimate Desserts mag.)
PREP TIME: 40 minutes      STAND: 15 Minutes
BAKE TIME: 25 minutes      OVEN: 350ºF
Makes 6 Servings

• 1 8-ounce can pineapple slices (juice pack), undrained
• 1/4 cup dried apricots, quartered
• 1/4 cup light rum
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 3 Tbs. butter
• non-stick spray for baking  Use butter - it's healthier.
• 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup flaked coconut
• 2 Tsp. baking powder
• 1/4 cup butter, softened
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1 egg
• Maraschino cherries (optional)
• Whipped cream (optional)

1. Drain pineapple well, reserving 1/3 cup of juice. Set pineapple aside. In a small saucepan combine the reserved 1/3 cup juice, dried apricots, and rum. Bring just to boiling; remove from heat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, reserving both the liquid and apricots. In the same saucepan, combine 1 Tbs. of the reserved liquid, the brown sugar and the 3 Tbs. butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.

2. Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly coat six 10-ounce ramekins or custard cups or 1-cup fluted tube pans with spray for baking butter. Spoon brown sugar mixture evenly into prepared dishes. Cut each pineapple slice into six pieces. Arrange pineapple and apricots on top of brown sugar mixture; set aside.

3. In a small bowl, stir together flour, coconut and baking powder; set aside. Measure remaining reserved liquid; add enough water to equal 2/3 cup total; set aside.

4. In a medium bowl, beat the 1/4 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until combined. Alternately add flour mixture and the 2/3 cup liquid to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.

5. Carefully spoon batter over fruit in dishes. bake about 25 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in dishes on wire racks for 5 minutes. Loosen cakes from sides of dishes; invert cakes onto six dessert plates. Spoon any brown sugar mixture remaining in dishes onto cakes. Serve warm. If desired, top with cherries or whipped cream.

PHOTO TO COME NEXT WEEK! That is when I'll have time to test this recipe and I'll share my photos when it's all finished! - I don't want to show you the magazine photo yet for fear of high expectations. ;)


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