Pineapple Crisp with Brown Sugar Walnuts: A twist on typical fall cinnamon apple dishes, this sweet treat has sweet, juicy, pineapples, streusel, and is topped with brown sugar walnuts for some crunch. This dish is dedicated to my grandmother, who just passed away. It’s in her memory that I made this dish.
The pineapple base is made with frozen pineapple chunks, @redpathsugar dark brown sugar, a splash of vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon, and about 1 tbsp of flour. I boiled this mixture until it became saucy and the pineapples looked glossy. This pineapple base then more resembles an HK McDonald’s pineapple pie filling than a traditional apple pie.
The streusel is made with steel cut oats, flour, olive oil, and that same @redpathsugar dark brown sugar. It’s about 2 parts flour to 1 part of each of the other ingredients. I baked this at 350°F for about 20 minutes (until golden brown).
The brown sugar walnuts are truly Grandma-inspired. I have a minimal sweet tooth and I’m quite good at controlling my snack urges, but whenever she made candied walnuts, I couldn’t stop eating them. She taught me how to make them, and this recipe is adapted from hers. I air fried my walnuts for about 5 minutes at 300°F. While they were frying, I made my caramel. I heated up a few tbsp. of oil in a non-stick pan and added about 1/3 cup of @redpath dark brown sugar to it. I waited for it to completely melt, then added my walnuts and some sesame seeds and quickly mixed. QUICK is the key here. Caramel hardens very quickly. Ideally the walnuts are still warm/hot when you add them to the caramel. Once the walnuts were coated in the caramel, I spread my walnuts out onto parchment paper and let them cool.
To assemble, top your pineapple base with streusel, and then top with those brown sugar walnuts. Serve as is or with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
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