Fresh pineapple doesn't seem to stay fresh as long as I'd like it to. Eventually, it starts to get dark spots and just doesn't look as appetizing anymore. It's still fine to eat at that point, but you always eat with your eyes first so I try to use it in ways that hide the flaws.
I decided to use up the leftovers from my fresh pineapple for some Italian ice. At first I thought I'd just do a plain pineapple flavor, but it screamed for coconut. After adding a few things, I ended up with a velvety smooth, frozen treat that had hints of tropical flavors. It wasn't too sweet and none of the flavors were overwhelming. This one is definitely a keeper!
Tropical Italian Ice
1 c pureed fresh pineapple
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 TB lime juice
1. Place sugar and water in small saucepan and bring to boil.
2. When sugar has dissolved, remove from heat.
3. Allow the sugar water to cool for about 15 minutes then add pineapple, coconut milk and lime juice.
4. Mix well and pour into shallow, freezer-safe pan (9x9 works well).
5. Freeze for about half an hour then stir.
6. Check periodically, about every 15 - 20 minutes, scrape frozen parts with a fork or spoon and mix all together.
7. Keep freezing, scraping and mixing until all of the mixture has frozen.
8. Mix again before serving.