Pineapple Confit with Aleppo Pepper, Smoked Sea Salt or Cloves

The best weekend hosts know there's nothing sunnier on a cold winter day than preserves over warm toast or scones. Surprise them with this golden pineapple confit, speckled with spicy aleppo or smoky crystals of salt, a celebration of sweetness.

Sarah Copeland for Cooking Channel
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 25 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
 
YIELD: 4 pint-size jars or 8 cups
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 medium fairly ripe pineapples (about 10 pounds)
  • 2 limes
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Directions

1. Trim the skin and any eyes off the pineapples. Cut into quarters and trim out the fibrous core. Slice into 1/4-inch-thick slices. (You should have about 4 pounds of trimmed fruit.) Using a peeler or a sharp knife, peel the zest off the lime in 4 or 5 thin strips. Trim away any white pith and set aside. Juice the limes.

2. Mix the pineapple, sugar, and lime juice together in a large, heavy pan. Bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, and then adjust the heat to maintain an even simmer. Cook until the sugar dissolves, the fruit is tender and golden, and the juices thicken to a light syrup, about 1 hour.

3. Cool slightly, and then stir in the lime peels. Customize your confit with a pinch of smoked sea salt, allepo pepper or a few whole cloves. Spoon into pint-size sterilized jars and seal. Refrigerate until ready to give. (Keeps up to 2 weeks in the fridge)

Gift Note: Spoon your pineapple confit over toast or scones, or into tart shells before baking and topping with vanilla ice cream.

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