Yesterday, before school started, my 12 year old read the newspaper. In it was a photo of a swingset installed at the White House for the Obama girls. He had two comments. The first was that the material below the swingset was dyed a disturbingly unnatural shade of green. The second was that he's sorry for those girls, and would not want to be the son of a president, because their childhoods can now never be normal, and they get nothing from it. Their father is the president, and they're just little kids trying to fit in, but forever regarded as some president's kids. I think that boy's developing a pretty good, analytical brain!
Of course, since yesterday was the nicest day forecast for this week, the boys and Thor took a 3 hour lunch/recess break, somewhere out in this ready to turn green yard (I am an optimist!)
But, on to dessert. My youngest boy is the biggest fussbudget on the planet. He doesn't like anything. Really. I asked him what foods he likes, and this is what he said:
-Brownies without nuts
-Lemon meringue pie without meringue
-Orange ice cream
-Peppermint Patty cake
-chocolate cake with no frosting
-nutella (no sandwich wanted)
Of course! How about Pineapple Upside Down Cake? It takes 5 minutes to put together, so here goes...
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 ounces pineapple, slices or crushed (drained)
Maraschino cherries, optional
1-1/3 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup melted butter
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. In a 9" cake pan (not a springform pan) melt the 2 tbsp butter. Stir in the brown sugar, and arrange the pineapple and, if desired, cherry halves, atop the sugar/butter mix. Next, stir together the dry cake ingredients, then add the wet ingredients. Beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until well mixed. Pour into the cake pan, over the pineapple. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let it cool somewhat, then invert onto a serving dish. The sugar/butter mix will run down the sides of the cake a little bit, and it's delightful. Oh, and my little fussbudget? Didn't like the pineapple. Said it tasted like something else, maybe oatmeal. *sigh* What shall I do with him?