Easy Pineapple Topping perfect for ice cream sundaes, cheesecakes and more made in just a few minutes with just three ingredients!
Pineapple Topping is such an easy recipe, and you won’t believe how quickly it comes together. You can of course make this recipe with a can of crushed pineapple as we have here. This makes the recipe take less than five total minutes start to finish. However, if you have a sweet ripe pineapple you can make it from a fresh pineapple and make the most amazing pineapple topping ever (which you can bottle and can for later!).
If you want to make this recipe with fresh pineapple, you will have to pulse chunks of fresh pineapple (remove the core) in the food processor. Once you remove the small pieces you can squeeze out about half the juice. You don’t need too much of the juice, if you were to squeeze it completely dry and add the liquids back in it would be roughly ¼ cup of pineapple juice to 20 ounces of fresh pineapple bits.
Serve Pineapple Topping over your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream or Double Chocolate Ice Cream, or add it over a Vanilla Pound Cake or Buttermilk Biscuits to make an easy sweet baked treat. For a fun brunch option you can also serve this over French Toast or Easy Cinnamon Rolls (in 1 Hour!). It’s also delicious on a New York Cheesecake or Carrot Cake.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to make this recipe even more fun you can roast or grill your pineapple first before pulsing it in the food processor too. You can add brown sugar to the recipe instead of white sugar.
To add more flavor you can also add vanilla extract to give it a sweeter flavor. You can add a bit of jalapeño to the recipe to add a sweet and spicy flavor to the mix. If you need to make the flavor a little brighter and more of a punch add a bit of lemon juice to the mixture. Or try adding bits of maraschino cherries to make a banana split topping instead of just pineapples.
Any kind! Make this recipe using frozen or canned pineapple as a time saver. Use a food processor to break down the pineapple if you use canned chunks or fresh pineapple.
How to Store Pineapple Topping
- Serve: Pineapple Topping can be served warm or chilled.
- Store: Pineapple Topping will last tightly sealed in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can make the sauce ahead of time as long as you keep it refrigerated in a sealed container.
- Freeze: Freeze Pineapple Topping in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator and serve cold or reheat to thicken back up.
- Add all the ingredients together in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Continue to cook, stirring regularly, for 2-3 minutes, until thickened.
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