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Orange And Rum Poached Pineapples With Vanilla Yogurt

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 pineapple, skin, eyes and blemishes removed
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons toasted, shredded coconut
  • 4 sprigs mint, for garnish


  • Cut the pineapple crosswise into 3/4-inch rounds (there should be 8 slices), and remove the core.
  • In a large nonstick saute skillet, combine the orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, vanilla bean, and vanilla seeds. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. When the sugar is dissolved, add the pineapple slices and cover. Cook 1 minute, then reduce the heat to low. Continue to cook for 4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the rum. Return to the heat and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pineapple from the pan and place in a large bowl. Place the pan over medium heat, cook until reduced and thick, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour the syrup over the pineapple and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Place the yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh strainer placed over a bowl, and let drain, refrigerated, for 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Add the coconut liqueur to the drained yogurt and mix well.
  • To serve, remove the vanilla bean from the bowl. Divide the pineapple slices and syrup between 4 small bowls. Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Garnish with the mint and serve.