Spiced pineapple honey bars are the perfect fall sweet treat. They are loaded with warm fall spices, sweetened with honey, and loaded with pineapple!
Pairings for Spiced Pineapple Honey Bars
As I start to delve into this little thing called fall desserts, I can’t help but be completely turned off by pumpkin. This is strange for me. I do enjoy pumpkin and I do start to crave it in the fall, but for some reason I just don’t even want to look at it this year. I haven’t had a taste for it, and haven’t craved it. It just hasn’t been something I’ve been into, so I apologize for being super delayed when it comes to pumpkin. In the meantime, I am all about warm fall spices, and these bars celebrate just that. These spiced pineapple honey bars are my idea of the perfect fall sweet treats. Here are some of the pairings that I’m obsessed with:
Beer While I am still not really into pumpkin yet, I do believe that a spiced ale or pumpkin ale would be perfect for these bars. These bars are loaded with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and ground cloves. All of these ingredients are perfect for pairing with pumpkin ales. If you aren’t all about pumpkin ales this fall, a nice spiced ale will do just fine.
Dinner These spiced pineapple honey bars are the perfect ending to the perfect fall meal. I would start with the perfect appetizer or soup. This slow cooker spicy and creamy pumpkin soup is PERFECT to start the meal with. This butternut squash pasta keeps things simple yet delicious when it comes to the main course. If you want the perfect three course meal, I would go no other way!
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Spray it with a nonstick spray and set aside. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. While the pan is heating up, place the pineapple on a large plate that has been lined with a paper towel. Place another paper towel on top and pat dry to absorb some of the liquid. Transfer the pineapple to a small bowl and toss it with the granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Place the 2 tablespoons in the hot skillet. It should sizzle and bubble. Once the butter has melted, add the pineapple and spread out so that it's in a single layer. Cook the pineapple for about 8 minutes, and allow it to caramelize just a bit. Toss it every 2 minutes or so, so that it is evenly caramelized. Pour the pineapple into a bowl along with it's leftover juices. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and allspice. Set aside. In a separate larger bowl, whisk together the coffee, honey, brown sugar, eggs, grapeseed oil, and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until no lumps remain. Fold in the pineapple and reserved juice. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top with turbinado sugar.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, rotating the pan every 30 minutes, until the top is very dark brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the pan from the oven, and let the bars cool for about 30 minutes in the pan before transferring to a large cutting board. Cut the bars into 16 equal pieces and enjoy immediately. Alternatively, you may place the bars in the oven for 2-3 days. Enjoy!