Presto Electric Skillet #FoodieGiftGuide
Day 8: Presto 11 Inch Electric Skillet
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When I moved into my first apartment, one of the first things that my mom bought me was an electric skillet. Her mother, my grandma, was an (oddly) outspoken electric skillet proponent, so I guess the love of this electric kitchen workhorse just rubbed off.
Why an electric skillet? If for no other reason, buy one just for the pineapple upside down cake. I’m quite serious. People will ask you to make it again and again, and the best part is, it takes almost no time at all to prepare and cook. Here is the recipe:
Electric Skillet Pineapple Upside Down Cake:
- 1 Box of yellow cake mix (plus the ingredients required to make the cake — usually eggs, oil, and water)
- 1 Stick of butter
- 1 Cup of brown sugar
- 9 Maraschino cherries, drained and dried
- 1 Can of pineapple rings in juice
- Drain the pineapple rings, but reserve the tasty juice.
- Prepare the cake mix according to the package, except add 1 extra egg and use the reserved pineapple juice instead of water. Heat the skillet to 250º.
- Melt the stick of butter in the electric skillet, and then add the brown sugar. Stir until the brown sugar is wet.
- Arrange 9 pineapple rings in a grid at the bottom of the skillet.
- Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple ring.
- Carefully pour the yellow cake batter on top of the brown sugar and pineapple goo. The goo, by the way, is going to squoosh all over the place. Don’t worry—you definitely want it to squoosh.
- Place the lid on top of the skillet, close the vent, and increase the heat to 280º.
The cake will take between 25-30 minutes to cook. Check with a toothpick at 25 minutes. When the cake is done, let it cool for 10 minutes, and then carefully (c a r e f u l l y… CAREFULLY) invert it onto a platter that is much larger than the electric skillet (there will be molten sugar syrup oozing about).
This cake is great served warm, room temperature, or chilled. Vanilla ice cream and whipped cream are both acceptable accompaniments. But really, it doesn’t need anything. By the way, you could make the yellow from scratch pretty easily. Your call. It’s a bit better. But in my opinion, the box cake is fine and being able to go from ingredients to baked cake in less than an hour is pretty cool.
This electric skillet is one of L.A. Foodie’s favorite appliances in the kitchen. It’s great for pancakes, fried chicken, and that sweet, badass pineapple upside down cake.
Grab the Presto 11 Inch Electric Skillet for $24.22 (free shipping with Prime) on Amazon.com.