Upside Down Pineapple Pancakes


What do you get when you cross a fluffy buttermilk pancake and the flavours of a classic upside down pineapple cake? Why, this deliciously decadent dish by Chef Michael P. Clive, of course. For an extra special treat, serve with dollops of cinnamon whipped cream and top with a maraschino cherry.

Upside Down Pineapple Pancakes


For the pineapple

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small cinnamon stick
8 pineapple rings
3/4 cup rum
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
pinch salt

For the pancakes:

1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

For Cinnamon Whipped Cream:

1 1/2 cups 35% cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


For pineapple:

Melt butter with cinnamon stick in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add pineapple slices and cook until light golden brown, 4-5 minutes per side. Remove skillet from heat; add rum and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until juices are thick and syrupy. Transfer pineapple to a plate; let cool. Reserve syrup.

For pancakes:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Set a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add buttermilk, egg, melted butter and vanilla; whisk until just combined.

Heat a griddle or large heavy skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat with nonstick spray. Working in batches, pour batter by 1/4-cupfuls onto griddle. Cook each pancake until golden brown and bubbles form on top, about 2 minutes. Top each pancake with a pineapple ring. Flip; cook until pancake is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Place pancakes on prepared rack and bake in oven until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Rewarm reserved pineapple syrup. Divide pancakes among plates; drizzle with pineapple syrup and top with cinnamon whipped cream.

For whipped cream:

Whisk all ingredients together, until soft peaks form. Keep refrigerated until use.


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