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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kulinarya February–Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Chocolate Pan de Sal

This month theme is Aphrodisiac Filipino Food in the celebration of Valentine’s Day.  Our lovely host is Pia.  I was difficult for me to figure out what to make.  I wanted to make something with seafood but a few people (The daughter) is allergic and another (The Husband) just won’t eat it.  I settled for making a dessert. 

I knew that chocolate was an aphrodisiac food.  That is probably why people love them so much.  I know I crave them on a regular basis.  What I didn’t know is that pineapple was one too according to the Gourmet Sleuth.  I was craving pineapple upside down cake for a good month to a month and a half.  I took advantage of the theme to fulfill my cravings. 
I initially made the Chocolate Pan de Sal since I had to make some Cheese Pan de Sal earlier that day. 
Chocolate Pan de Sal
1 Cup of Warm Water
3 Tsp of Yeast
1 Tsp of Sugar
4 Cups of Bread Flours
4 Tbls of Butter
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1 Tsp of Salt
Milk Chocolate pieces
  1. Bloom the yeast in the warm water and the 1 tsp of sugar in your mixing bowl.
  2. Once it starts to bubble, add the rest of the ingredients and mix at a low speed.
  3. Increase the speed to a medium speed until it is well incorporated and slightly elastic.
  4. Remove from the mixer and let it rise for about 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  5. Start portioning out the dough into smaller balls. 
  6. Roll out the balls into a thick disk and place a few chocolate pieces into the center.  Bring up the sides to create a bun. 
  7. Place on a baking sheet and let it rise for 1-2 hours.
  8. Pre-heat the oven to 325F.
  9. When the dough balls double in size, place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve warm.
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The other dish I decided to make pineapple upside down cake.  I was able to try a recipe I have been dying to try since I read it on Busog! Sarap!  She posted this recipe from Betty Q’s.  I have been trying to update my chiffon recipe for a while but I haven’t had the chance to try this recipe.  I am in love with this recipe.  The cake was light but firm.  I loved how it buoyant the cake was.  This is my general test for all cake recipes.  The Mother’s is good but this slightly better.  I did add 1/4 cup of pineapple juice to the cake recipe for the taste. 
Pineapple Topping
1 Can of Pineapples slices (I should have used a can and a 1/2)
1/2 Jar of Maraschino Cherries. 
1/2 Cup of Melted Butter
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  1. Prepare the cake.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350F
  3. In a 13x9 pan, coat the bottom with the melted butter and brown sugar.
  4. Place the pineapples evenly throughout the pan and place the cherries in between the pineapples.
  5. Bake for 45 Minutes or until the cake is done.
  6. Let it cool and start releasing the sides of the pan. 
  7. Flip to a serving platter and enjoy.
I didn’t realized the pineapples would move so in the middle had more space than I intended.  Next time, I’m placing the pineapples slices right next to each other.  We ate this for a week and I even brought some to work with me.  It was so worth it. 
See what I mean about the cake.  I am going to try this as mamon next time I am craving some. 

kulinarya cooking club

Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture & its colourful cuisine.
Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino Food as we do.  Check out the other members take on this theme.
Kath –
Trisha –
Trissa –
Olive –
Caroline –
Ninette –
Asha –
Malou –
Cherrie –
Acdee –
Valerie –
Sheryl –
Divina –
Anna –
Dahlia –
Joy –
Maribel –
Jen –
Pia –
Malaka –
Mimi –
Erika –
Kat –
Lala –
Selfie –
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Oggi from
Katrina Kostik from
Rochelle Ryan from
Marica –
Diona –
Rowena -
Theodore –
Gianna –
Mireille –
Marishka –
Annapet –
Boyet –
Adora –
Yaz –
Marvin –


  1. Hi, Joy! You got me w/ chocolate pandesal and i consider your upside down cake a bonus=;) I love them both! I've made pandesal but i still love to try another recipe..i'll give yours a whirl and siyempre w/ the chocolate. Your upside down look so moist and delicious. Thanks for the share.

  2. Oh how I love Pineapple Upsidedown cake!! When I was little I asked for it on every birthday. I've seen a couple lately that reminded me how much I like it, I've really got to make one. I don't believe my kids have ever had it!

  3. Joy, fantastic KCC post...will try the pineapple upsidedown cake with Betty Q's Basic Chiffon Cake, I also love pineapples in dessert! Love the chocolate filling inside the pandesal...will try this one when I do another batch of pandesal=)

  4. Have you ever made a pineapple upsidedown cake in a cast iron skillet? Yours looks yummy and moist.

  5. Ooh, I love pineapple upside down cake. I haven't had in ages. Your photos are making me drool. Must make soon.:)

  6. Your cake does look light delicious, especially with all of the pineapple on top. I, too have been seeing several pineapple upside down cakes on the blogs, so I must make one soon. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh wow! It's been a while since the last time I had Pineapple Upside Down cake. You made it look so delicious. Thank you for posting.

  8. I didn't know pineapple was an aphrodisiac. But I can see how it would be. Your cake sounds scrumptious!

  9. chocolate-stuffed pandesal sounds really yummy, will give it a try when I feel like making bread :) Belated Happy Valentine's Day, Joy! :)

  10. two old-time favorites! they both look delicious.

  11. the cake looks so moist and yummy!

  12. Pineapple upside down cake reminds me of my childhood and your chocolate pan de sal looks sooo delicious!! Great job for this month's KCC!

  13. Pineapple upside down cake was a good choice. Bravo!

  14. Your pineapple cake is so pretty! And the pan de sal looks delicious! Wish I had a piece - so tempting.

  15. two entries! ang galing...I love that chocolate pandesal!

  16. Oh my, chocolate pan de sal!!!! I LOOOVE pan de sal, and to add chocolate makes it 10 times better! It's almost like a French "pain au chocolat" and now I am wanting to make them!

  17. Pineapple upside-down cake is one of my favorite things ever, yours looks delicious!