Whole Vanilla Roasted Pineapple

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“This makes an impressive dessert course. "Carve" the dessert at the table in front of your guests. This recipe is from the Summer 2003 issue of the LCBO's Food and Drink Magazine. Food and Drink suggests serving this with an Italian sparkling wine or Prosecco or perhaps a pineapple coconut fruit liqueur.”

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  1. Heat oven to 375°F
  2. Using a small knife, remove the eyes from the pineapple. You will see that these eyes form spiral patterns running lengthwise down the pineapple. The most attractive way to remove them it to cut shallow channels that twist down from the top of the pineapple to the bottom. Reserve any pineapple juices.
  3. Cut the vanilla bean in four lengthwise, then cut into 1-inch pieces. Reserve any vanilla seeds that escape from the vanilla pod. With the help of a wooden skewer, spear the pineapple with the pieces of vanilla bean, just like a roast with garlic.
  4. In a roasting pan, heat the water, sugar and butter, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and add any accumulated pineapple juice or any vanilla bean seeds that escaped from the vanilla bean.
  5. Remove from the heat, add the pineapple, turn and baste with the liquid.
  6. Place in the oven and roast 35 to 40 minutes, basting from time to time. If the sauce has become too thick during the cooking just add a little water and bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
  7. To serve, cut the pineapple into wedges, cut out the core and serve with sauce from the pan and a good quality vanilla ice cream.

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