On Monday night, right before typhoon Megi shook up Taiwan, me and a handful of colleagues were still in the office. That’s when one of my colleagues started to play “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” or PPAP (ペンパイナッポーアッポーペン), on her laptop. Disaster took its course and each one of us fell victim to the latest YouTube phenomenon.
Ever since that fatal night, I had this idea in my mind about pineapple apple pie. Unfortunately, my oven is not really suitable for baking pies, though it makes brilliant cheese toast. For this reason, I was happy when I came up with a fake pie recipe that can be prepared in a pan. The pies are so quick and easy to make and you only need about 6 – 7 ingredients.
- 8 slices of white bread
- half an apple
- 2 slices of pineapple
- 2 tablespoons of black sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- granulated sugar
- Cut the apple and pineapple in small chunks.
- Melt a small knob of butter in a pan on medium-high heat.
- Add the pineapple and the apple to the pan and stir fry for about a minute.
- Add the black sugar, salt, cinnamon and lemon juice to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes until the apples soften.
- Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool down a bit.
- Take a glass or a round cookie cutter and cut out circles from the bread.
- Use a rolling pin to flatten each bread circle.
- Use a spoon and put some of the pineapple-apple-mixture on one circle and top up with a second circle. (Make sure not to add too much of the liquid.)
- Use a fork and close up each pie.
- Heat up butter in a pan and pan fry each "pie" until golden brown.
- Place on kitchen towel to let some of the oil drip of.
- While still the pies are still hot, roll them in the sugar-cinnamon-mixture.
For anybody, who hasn’t heard the song PPAP – Pen Pineapple Apple Pen yet, you can find the video here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9TpRfDdyU0. Let me know what you think of the song.