Monday, April 4, 2011

Miss Maybelline's Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Speaking of Public Relation, I did a cooking segment on AM Arizona or AZTV last week.  I will be posting the show soon but in the mean time I'm posting my grandmother, Miss Maybelline's famous Pineapple Upside Down Cake I baked on the show.  Throughout The Maybelline Story, Evelyn, or Nana to me, makes this old time favorite for her family.

Here I am with my cousin Jackie Haines looking at Maybelline Family pictures some of which I have on the refrigerator behind me on the set of AZTV.  Jackie is Eva Haines (Tom Lyle's sister,) daughter in law, married to Eva's son Bob.  She like everyone in the family supports me in telling our family's story.  The Maybelline Story isn't just the story of a successful company, it's the story of a family who lived it, survived it and still thrive almost a 100 years later.  

One of the Host's from AM Arizona, Tonya Mock, was in the kitchen assisting me make Nana's Pineapple Upside Down Cake.   
You can see some pictures of Nana on the refrigerator.  Tonya has asked me to come back and make Nana's famous fluffy peach tapioca pudding, and I will be doing a series of Nana's favorite recipes.  But for now I'm posting her Pineapple Upside down Cake.  Try it you will love it!

      Nana's Pineapple Unside Down Cake in a skillet.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 can 20 oz sliced pineapple
4 eggs separated
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Maraschino cherries


Melt butter in 10-12 in ovenproof skillet
Add brown sugar
Mix well until sugar is melted
Drain pineapple, reserving 1/3 cup juice
Arrange 8 pineapple slices in a single layer over sugar
Set aside
In a large bowl, beat eggs yolks until thick and lemon-colored
Gradually add sugar, beating well
Blend in vanilla and reserved pineapple juice
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt
Add to batter, beating well
In a small bowl, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form
Fold into batter.
Spoon into skillet
Bake at 375 for 30 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center is clean
Let stand for 10 minutes before inverting onto serving plate
Yield 10 servings and cost about $10. to make.


Once again it was Evelyn who stepped in. As soon as she heard the news about Noel, she drove to Tom Lyle's house, bearing his favorite home-made food: German pepper steak, sweet and sour cabbage, and pineapple upside-down cake. Although Tom Lyle didn't eat much, he appreciated her thoughtfulness, and her mere presence. They reminisced about Noel.
“I'll never get over it,” Tom Lyle said. “And how am I going to face Frances? She begged me for two years to do something about his work load.”
“What could you do?” Evelyn said. “Noel’s life was the company. You know that.”
Tom Lyle nodded. “There would be no Maybelline without him. He was Maybelline.”

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