We have a saying here at our house, "Costco got me", and that was true yesterday as I was strolling the aisles. A friend calls Costco The Promised Land! After inhaling the perfume from the pineapples that were stacked high, reminiscent of our time in Hawaii a few weeks ago, I picked up a pineapple and some macadamia nuts, along with $200+ of other things I can't remember, and headed home. With my pineapple, some suspect cream cheese that was on the cusp of expiring, and the macadamia nuts, I decided to try and replicate the Pineapple Glazed Cheesecake that we had in Waimea at The Red Water Cafe. To be honest, we devoured this dessert before taking a photo at the restaurant, so I really can't remember if it was a baked cheesecake or not, but the bruleed top was what made this memorable. So, this is my take on that memorable dessert, and I'm making it to celebrate California opening up soon, and we are all finally vaccinated.
Pineapple Bruleed Cheesecake
For the Crust
- Only make this with the best pineapple, right now gold pineapples are available in your markets. The only test of ripeness is by aroma---so smell that pineapple---pineapples are picked ripe, so if you want for that pineapple to ripen on your counter, it will begin to ferment. Also, the photo shows sliced pineapple, since I'd sliced up the pineapple before I knew that I would be making this dessert. At the restaurant there was a lot of chopped pineapple on the top and that woudl be my preferred method of topping this cheesecake.
- I prefer Mauna Loa macadamia nuts, these were the only ones available at Costco.
- Cheesecakes are best at room temperature, instead of ice cold.
- My 21 year old Dacor convection ovens are on their last legs, the bottom oven has quit, the top is still "working"---note the quotes, so I have ordered new Cafe double wall ovens which should be arriving in the end of July....this whole supply chain thing is cutting into my cooking! I'm just grateful to have one oven working.
|Going into the oven
|A little overbaked, but I'll blame that on the oven
|Brulee torch covers a multitude of sins, and as Julia Child said, every woman needs a blow torch