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Summer is here and pineapples are everywhere. Here at Blue Parrot Grill, we absolutely love the freshness of a pineapple. The only thing better than pineapple itself is a pineapple dessert! The following are two of our favorite pineapple desserts.

Honey-Roasted Pineapple

Food & Wine magazine has a great recipe for honey-roasted pineapple. This recipe is perfect for when you are in the mood for something sweet but still healthy. First, peel the pineapple with a serrated knife. Then you want to quarter the pineapple lengthwise and remove the core. Cut each pineapple quarter into three thin wedges and transfer them into a large sized bowl. In a microwave-safe cup, combine the orange juice with 1/4 cup of the honey and heat at high power until warm. Pour the juice over the pineapple and let stand for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. When you’ve finished these steps,  preheat the oven to 450° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Drain the pineapple wedges and arrange them in a single layer on the baking sheets. Finally, roast the pineapple wedges for about ten minutes or until they are tender. Arrange the pineapple wedges on a platter and drizzle with the remaining 1/4 cup of honey. Serve warm and enjoy!

Pineapple Bars with Coconut Drizzle

The Laughing Spatula provides a delicious recipe for pineapple bars. For the full list of ingredients, visit their website. Begin by spraying a  9×13 glass baking dish with non-stick spray, then preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add flour, sugar, salt and cubed butter to mixing bowl, beat until combined and crumbly. For exact measurements, refer to the website’s recipe. Next, you will need to remove one cup of the topping mixture and set aside, to sprinkle on top of pineapple filling later.

Next, take the remaining mixture and firmly press it into your baking dish, covering the entire bottom. Bake for 15 minutes. While the crust is baking, whisk your eggs in a large bowl. Add sugar, sour cream, flour and salt. Gently fold in the pineapple. When your crust is done,  remove it from the oven. Pour the pineapple filling on top of baked crust. Sprinkle pineapple filling with remaining crust mixture. Bake for one hour or until top is lightly browned then cool for 15 minutes. Using a fork, drizzle glaze mixture over your pineapple bars and enjoy!

Stay tuned next month for our next installment of Summer Spotlight!