Recently, I posted a picture and a recipe for Pineapple Stuffing on my Facebook Timeline. While some people thought it sounded yummy, others couldn't quite put those two words together.
Anyone who knows me will tell you cooking isn't my favorite thing. When I tasted this recipe at a friend's house, I loved it. What a perfect side dish this would be for our church covered dish dinners. Someone told me it was easy to make, which sealed the deal for me.
When I wrote The Moses Conspiracy, I set it in Washington, D.C. and Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. A lot of people scratched their heads at a futuristic novel in those two settings. What? No outer space? No aliens?
Why Washington, D.C., you ask? Two major characters meet in that location, impacting the rest of the story. Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania? Since the book takes place in the year 2025 and freedoms are restricted, the popular Amish community experiences less overall control because it's a Tourist Zone.
I would be remiss if I left you wondering about the deliciousness of Pineapple Stuffing and neglected to give you the recipe. Here it is for your eating pleasure:
2 sticks of butter
2 cups sugar
2 20-oz. cans of crushed pineapple, well drained
10 slices of white bread, cubed
Cream the softened butter and sugar together with a mixer. Add one egg at a time. Gradually incorporate the pineapple into the mixture. Fold in the bread cubes with a spoon.
Pour the mixture into an oblong pan. (I use a Pyrex dish.) Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until golden brown on top. With some ovens, you might have to leave it a little longer. Enjoy!
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Photo Credit: Susan J. Reinhardt