A delight…

by Sunita on March 19, 2008

I am a true hoarder…I shop till I drop…no, not clothes or shoes, but food ingredients… so much so, that I more often than not , forget that I even bought some of them. And that’s when the guilt pangs start to settle in. But, do I learn, no. I still can’t keep my hands off the shelves of shops. And this is definitely not something that I am really proud of.

But I am trying…and trying really hard, I mean. I have promised myself to use up my overflowing pantry before indulging in any more crazy shopping sprees. And it was with this noble intention, that, I dragged out the can of pineapples the other day, where it was languishing in a corner. It was fast approaching it’s ‘use by’ date and was begging to be utilised quickly. There was also an open pack of mascarpone cheese that was in the same situation, and so, it was dragged out too.

And I’m so glad that I did , because what I made out of them was a dessert which perhaps took the least amount of time in terms of preparation, than any other that I have made so far. But there was no compromise in the taste. If you like your puddings to have a mellow sweetness, flavoured with a hint of spice(read that as cardamom), and deriving a little sweetness and tartness from the fruit, (pineapple) then this is the dessert for you.

The recipe was created on a whim, but I was really pleased with the outcome..another of those which you’re sure to make many more times…at least I did :-)

Without more ado, this is how I made the pineapple delight

What’s needed-

4 eggs
3 tblsp mascarpone cheese
3 tblsp brown sugar
3/4 tsp crushed cardamom seeds
3 rings of canned pineapple (or fresh)
icing sugar for dusting

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 200 deg C.
  2. Whisk everything together except the icing sugar.
  3. Divide equally among 3 ramekins of 4 inches in diameter.
  4. Fill half of a roasting pan with water and place the ramekins on them.
  5. Place a ring of pineapple in the ramekins just on top of the mixture.
  6. Cover the ramekins loosely with aluminium foil.
  7. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Raise the heat to 220 deg cel and bake for another 45-50 minutes….the sides will feel firmer than the centre.
  9. Remove from the oven, cool for a while and dust generously with icing sugar before serving.
  10. Serve warm or chilled(the pudding gets firmer on cooling)


  • If the rings are larger, then chop them up.
  • Can be made as a single pudding in one big pan… it tends to puff up a bit, but will settle down on cooling.

The pudding tastes good either warm or chilled, but I think I loved it better when it was warm and still a bit gooey in the centre. We all enjoyed it. I also made it a couple of days later when we had guests for dinner, and it went down well. This time round, I made a single one instead of individual portions and cut up the pineapple. I served it chilled, sliced into triangles . This is one dessert that I’m really pleased with and am going to make many more times.

Here’s a spoonful of the warm gooey dessert for you to indulge :-) …but no, don’t come knockin’ if your waistline goes expandin’ :-D DD

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{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Raaga March 19, 2008 at 10:41 am

It looks delicious!


2 Nags March 19, 2008 at 10:45 am

Whenver my reader tells me you have updated your blog, I know I am in for a treat. I have never been disappointed so far. This is truly a delight.

I am dying to get my hands on some ramekins. Enquired in a couple of shops in Hyderabad, with no luck!


3 SMN March 19, 2008 at 10:47 am

this luks really lovely.. loved the first photo..


4 Asha March 19, 2008 at 11:55 am

HeHe! Me too! Open my pantry, many food packs fall down on the feet, my daughter hates it.Oh well..!
Pineapple and Mascarpone cheese! YUMUY combo! Looks delicious.
I just posted a Easter bread at Aroma, I am done. See you in May!:)


5 Anonymous March 19, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I love to shop for food, cookbooks, and kitchen gadgets. I always buy more than I need and feel bad when I have to throw something out because its passed its expiration date. Now this is bad when I had purchased the same magazine and cookbook because I forgot I already have it. This happened to me 4 times. I end up giving the second copy away to a friend.


6 Srivalli March 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm

sunita..that was truly delightful!..


7 sra March 19, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Many of my dishes owe their creation to my overflowing pantry, but none are as good as yours!


8 Gretchen Noelle March 19, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Lovely idea! It reminds me of pineapple upside down – pudding. Sounds deliciously spicy!!!


9 Nandita March 19, 2008 at 12:53 pm

That’s a fabulous dessert, and i love small individual portions which can keep our gluttony in check :) especially for such delicious stuff…
And I know what you mean about going crazy buying food ingredients, and it’s exactly the same story here…so much so that hubby gets me food related stuff – books, ingredients, exotica instead of anything else, knowing thats what makes me happiest…As long we are using up stuff in the end, no need to be guilty right??
I absolutely love your photos – very warm and inviting.


10 kittie March 19, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Sunita – you have just inspired me to go and start working through my cupboards…

Why? So I can go shop some more of course!

Lovely idea, great photos as always :)


11 Coffee March 19, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Ahh that pic! I can almost pop those pineapple rings into my mouth ;)


12 RAKS KITCHEN March 19, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Perfect delight!Looks lovely!! I am drooling!


13 Saswati March 19, 2008 at 2:30 pm

wow the pics and the dessert,both look wonderful:)


14 Dhivya March 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Wow!wonderful picture and recipe:)simply soooooooooperb


15 A. Grace March 19, 2008 at 3:18 pm

awesome use for canned pineapple–it looks amazing!


16 Richa March 19, 2008 at 3:35 pm

though i won’t admit, i too like to buy lotsa’ kitchen stuff..;)
pine & mascarpone go very well together, lovely creation :)


17 AnuZi March 19, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I love warm puddings!! I have a similar problem of hoarding ingredients and then I either forget about them or they expire before I even get a chance to use them. I have learned though, its always better to run out and buy ingredients. Well not really a pineapple fan…perhaps will try with some other kinda fruit…any suggestions? How about oranges or lychee?


18 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm

:-) )

aaawww, thanks dearie :-)

Thanks…I like that picture too :-)


19 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:22 pm

See, I tempted you back :-D D..I’ve checked out your fab breads :-)

I understand you perfectly…I’m trying my best to end the madness :-)

Thanks dear :-)


20 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:30 pm

Oh no, you do very well with your ingredients.

Thanks…I have made pineapple upside down cakes, but the pudding sounds interesing :-)

Thanks…and you’ve hit the nail right on it’s head :-)


21 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Thanks…and :-D DD

Go on, pop ;-)

rak’s kitchen,
Thanks :-) )


22 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Thanks :-)

Thanks..we did love it a lot :-)

Thanks :-)


23 Rachel March 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I love the ooey gooey pic! :D

I have an unopened tin of pineapples waiting as well….found my soloution :)


24 Shilpa March 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm

I hate you Sunita :) . I check you blog from office and these days I am eating some really horrible breakfasts. When I see your pictures I feel more and more hungry. Feel like eating out of those pics :( (.


25 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:40 pm

Hmmm, so you’re a hoarder too ;-)

Go on and give it a try with other fruits that you like…the pudding tastes good even without the fruit :-)


26 Kalai March 19, 2008 at 4:40 pm

This looks truly wonderful!! I love pineapple and this is the perfect indulgence! :)


27 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Now be a good girl and use that can ;-)

You poor girl…sorry to torment you so :-D D…btw, what’s with the horrible breakkies, hope everything is fine :-)


28 sunita March 19, 2008 at 4:51 pm

kalai, it is indulgence indeed :-)


29 Mike of Mike's Table March 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

That looks very tasty and a perfect fit for the ramekins! I love pineapple and hadn’t thought of anything like this before…


30 Deborah March 19, 2008 at 5:08 pm

What a gorgeous dessert, and if it is fast and easy, that just an added bonus!


31 Vanamala March 19, 2008 at 5:09 pm



32 Mansi Desai March 19, 2008 at 5:21 pm

That looks lovely Sunita! pinapple and mascarpone go well togehter:)


33 ANJALI J. March 19, 2008 at 5:32 pm

wow,lovely pictures
pineapple looks so good


34 Happy cook March 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Looks so beautiful and delicious.
When it come to hoarding food i am a real pro. I also do like you, but then i forget about it as it will be kept in the farest corner of the shelf.
Few days back I claned up the kitchen shelfs and wht do i find. Chillie powder a huge paxk, expirty date 2004.
Box of condensed milk expiry datte 2006!!!


35 Divya Vikram March 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm

wow..his is a great dessert..looks yummy and appealing


36 musical March 19, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Mascarpone and pineapple, now that’s a dessert i can stuff myself up with :) . And great touch of cardamoms. And love the idea of making it in ramekins.

He he, i have this habit of hoarding stuff in the kitchen too :-D .


37 remya March 19, 2008 at 9:05 pm

wow!!! yum yummy pudding..love warm puddings…this is simply superbbbbb


38 TBC March 19, 2008 at 10:20 pm

That is simple and delicious. I love mascarpone cheese. It makes the dish extra special.


39 Coffee & Vanilla March 19, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Very interesting dessert! I never thought of baking pineapple…
Have a good day, Margot


40 Meera March 19, 2008 at 11:37 pm

Simply superb!!


41 Susan from Food Blogga March 20, 2008 at 12:23 am

Who wouldn’t be delighted with this dessert? It’s simple to make and delicious to eat. Delightful indeed!


42 Laavanya March 20, 2008 at 1:18 am

I shop that way for food too!! :)
That pudding has some of my favorite ingredients going in.. wish I could dig in too.. beautiful.


43 Namratha March 20, 2008 at 1:49 am

A simple and elegant dessert Sunita, looks lovely!

As Nags said, I’m yet to buy Ramekins too.


44 sunita March 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

thanks…we ,obed it a lot..and now you know what to do the next time you get the fruit :-)

Thanks…it is easy indeed :-)



45 sunita March 20, 2008 at 10:38 am

Thanks…they did go well indeed :-)

Thanks :-)

happy cook,
I bow to you…you are queen hoarder :-D D


46 sunita March 20, 2008 at 10:42 am

Thanks :-)

I loved stuffing myself with this too…btw,I’m feeling a little better already,seeing that so many of you are hoarders like me :-D DD

Thanks dear :-)


47 sunita March 20, 2008 at 10:44 am

I agree..mascarpone cheese does add that extra zing :-)

thanks…it was a nice indulgence :-)

thanks :-)


48 sunita March 20, 2008 at 10:47 am

thanks…it was the simplest pudding I ever made :-)

Thanks…enjoy the virtual treat :-)

thanks…btw, you can easily make this in a larger baking dish and slice it up when cooled :-)


49 Shella March 25, 2008 at 11:25 am

I love pineapples and am sure this would taste sooo very awesome. Delectable to the last drop/bite….


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