Pineapple rhubarb flambé

Pineapple rhubarb flambé

As I polished off some leftovers from last night’s Tacos Al Pastor (which I added ramps to tonight), I was hit with a wicked craving for dessert. Doing a survey of the fruit bowl and fridge, all I could find was a quarter of a pineapple and some rhubarb. Clafoutis?…. nah, too pedestrian… I need something more… fiery!

Flambé is one of those showboaty table-side dishes that’s kind of gone the way of table prepped caesar salad and steak tartare. If you thought it was fun watching a dude in a tux prepare it for you, let me assure you that it’s MUCH more satisfying doing it yourself. I mean come on… sugar, butter, alcohol and FIRE. What’s not to love here?

This is one of those desserts that I’ll make with just about anything (corn flambé anyone?). The alcohol butter and sugar make a delightfully dark brown caramel sauce that’s hard to beat on vanilla ice cream.

Here’s a shot of the butter and sugar melting.
Butter and dark brown sugar melting

What’s that? Rum is flammable?!
Count down till ignition... 5....4.....3.....


Fire! Fire!
We have lift-off

… and another
Look at that bubbly caramel sauce

3 Tbs dark brown sugar
1.5 Tbs unsalted butter
1/4 pineapple cubed
1/2 stick of rhubarb chopped
splash of rum

Put the butter and sugar in a heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat and allow the sugar to caramelize. This is the only tricky part of this recipe as the caramelization point of sugar is 330 degrees F and the smoke point (the point at which the butter starts burning) of butter is 350. There’s no need to use a candy thermometer, but just make sure the sugar is dissolved (looks more gooey than granular), but not burning.

Add the rhubarb and pineapple and toss to coat. It will bubble and spatter a bit, so be careful. Lastly splash a good glug of dark rum into the pan (but don’t go too crazy, especially if you’re a virgin flambéer). As the alcohol evaporates, quickly tip the pan towards the flame (gas burner) and the vapors coming off the rum should ignite. I don’t think I need to stress the danger here as the flames can leap up several feet from the pan. That said, who doesn’t love playing with food and fire?

As the alcohol burns off, the fire should dissipate, but just incase things go awry keep a lid handy so you can quickly snuff out the fire.

Pour on vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com/ sharon

    I’m a little tentative about open flames in my own kitchen, but I sure do love observing. Thanks for those great pics…and were you shooting while flames were climbing out of the pan? :)

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com sharon

    I’m a little tentative about open flames in my own kitchen, but I sure do love observing. Thanks for those great pics…and were you shooting while flames were climbing out of the pan? :)

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Ooh nice flame pix. That mix of flavours sounds insanely delicious!

  • http://www.hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com Laura @ Hungry and Frozen

    Ooh nice flame pix. That mix of flavours sounds insanely delicious!

  • http://www.mysweetandsaucy.com/ My Sweet & Saucy

    Love the photos! What a great action shots!

  • http://www.mysweetandsaucy.com My Sweet & Saucy

    Love the photos! What a great action shots!

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com/ Heather

    Hey, I’m “that guy” too. I hate memes. They are exactly like chain letters.

    Nice looking blog you have here! I’ll be poking back in for sure. :)

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com Heather

    Hey, I’m “that guy” too. I hate memes. They are exactly like chain letters.

    Nice looking blog you have here! I’ll be poking back in for sure. :)

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    Oh lordy, lordy….this sounds fan-tabulous! I would have never put the combo together!

  • http://www.noblepig.com/ noble pig

    Oh lordy, lordy….this sounds fan-tabulous! I would have never put the combo together!

  • http://www.canelakitchen.blogspot.com/ Gloria

    Really look so delicious!! xGloria

  • http://www.canelakitchen.blogspot.com Gloria

    Really look so delicious!! xGloria

  • http://lifeinrecipes.blogspot.com/ lifeinrecipes

    What a fantastic use for pineapple. It’s amazing caramelized…and warm with the vanilla ice cream. Oh my.

  • http://lifeinrecipes.blogspot.com/ lifeinrecipes

    What a fantastic use for pineapple. It’s amazing caramelized…and warm with the vanilla ice cream. Oh my.

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Rhubarb and fire! Nice photos of the flames!

  • http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/ Kevin

    Rhubarb and fire! Nice photos of the flames!

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    I love flamble (seriously booze and fire how could you not love that?)and the rhubarb sounds great. I was just at my grandma’s house and her rhubarb was looking amazing so I am thinking I need a trip out there to snip some.

  • http://www.culinarydisaster.com/wordpress Jeff

    I love flamble (seriously booze and fire how could you not love that?)and the rhubarb sounds great. I was just at my grandma’s house and her rhubarb was looking amazing so I am thinking I need a trip out there to snip some.

  • http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/ Aran

    Absolutely beautiful photo! I also wanted to thank you for your kind words today. You really lifted my spirit this morning!

  • http://cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com/ Aran

    Absolutely beautiful photo! I also wanted to thank you for your kind words today. You really lifted my spirit this morning!

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Great pictures! The flambe is sooo hard to capture– I tried it once in my awfully lit kitchen. It didn’t help matters any that the alcohol I used was inexplicably weak. I love the idea of flambeeing pineapple! Gotta try it someday :)

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com manggy

    Great pictures! The flambe is sooo hard to capture– I tried it once in my awfully lit kitchen. It didn’t help matters any that the alcohol I used was inexplicably weak. I love the idea of flambeeing pineapple! Gotta try it someday :)

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com/ Tartelette

    Yummmm! Love it! Rum and flabee…makes me happy happy!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    Yummmm! Love it! Rum and flabee…makes me happy happy!

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    I’m with you on the memes.

  • http://www.dinnersforayear.blogspot.com EAT!

    I’m with you on the memes.

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  • http://www.pineapplefacts.info Pete

    Excellent photos.
    I never tried mixing pineapple with rhubarb, your recipe gave me an inspiration

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