A shortbread crust is layered with a gooey pineapple and coconut mixture then topped with toasted coconut. These delicious squares are easy to make and made from simple ingredients, a great treat for those special occasions.
Pineapple Coconut Squares
1/2 cup coconut oil ~or~ unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 cup spelt flour ~or~ all-purpose flour
light sprinkle of sea salt
1 cup pineapple, peeled, de-cored & finely chopped
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fine ground organic sugar
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 eggs, mixed
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
Preheat oven and prepare baking pan. Empty an oven and move a rack to the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare crust. Combine the “crust ingredients” well in a bowl and then press the mixture into the bottom of a well-greased or parchment lined 10” square pan. Bake the crust for 10 to 12 minutes, then remove from oven and put somewhere to cool.
Prepare the filling. Remove the ends of the pineapple, peel it and cut out all the eyes. Slice the pineapple and remove the core. Calculate 1 cup of pineapple flesh and set aside the rest. (If using canned pineapple, strain the juice from the pineapple and discard.) Finely chop the pineapple using a food processor or by hand, then transfer to a large bowl with the shredded coconut.
In a medium-sized bowl combine the flour, sugar and sea salt. Sprinkle mixture over the pineapple mixture and stir to combine.
In a small bowl mix 2 eggs well, then stir in the vanilla and lemon juice. Add this mixture also to the pineapple mixture and stir to combine. Pour this combined pineapple mixture over the cooled crust, and spread with a large spoon to evenly coat.
Add the topping. Evenly sprinkle 1/4 cup of shredded coconut over the top of the bars.
Bake. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the coconut turns golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing. Keeps best in the fridge. Enjoy!
Recipe shared by: J. Marshall
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