PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE (serves 12)
*1/2 cup butter
*1 1/2 cups brown sugar
*1 fresh pineapple, cut into rings (you won't use it all)
*10 maraschino cherries
*1 cup walnuts, chopped
*2 1/3 cups flour
*1 tablespoon baking powder
*3/4 teaspoon salt
*1 1/2 cup shortening
*1 cup milk
*1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
~Melt butter in the microwave.
~Pour melted butter into a 9X13 inch-baking pan.
~Remove from the heat and sprinkle the brown sugar evenly to cover the butter.
~Next, arrange pineapple rings around the bottom of the pan, on layer deep.
~Place a maraschino cherry into the center of each pineapple ring.
~Sprinkle walnuts over pineapples and cherries.
~In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
~Cut in shortening until fine crumbs are formed.
~Add eggs, milk and vanilla.
~Beat at low speed for 1 minute, then high for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently.
~Pour batter on top of pineapple, cherries, & nuts.
~Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
~Cool for 10 minutes, then carefully turn out onto a plate.
~Do not let the cake cool to much or it will stick to the pan.
`cut the pineapple into chunks and drop randomly over melted butter.
`use a yellow boxed cake mix and mix as directed, pour over pineapple, cherries, & nuts. Bake as directed on box.
`put into a 10 inch round pan.
Helpful Hint: I always place the pan on a cookie sheet, in case the butter & sugar boil over. No mess in your oven that way.