Spiced Pineapple Tarte Tatin adds a tropical twist to the classic dessert

Spiced Pineapple Tarte Tatin adds a tropical twist to the classic dessert, Disney's SOUL - Jazzy Plant-Based Recipes, photo provided by Dole
Spiced Pineapple Tarte Tatin adds a tropical twist to the classic dessert, Disney's SOUL - Jazzy Plant-Based Recipes, photo provided by Dole /

While the warm breezes might be mirage, the bold flavors of the spiced pineapple tarte tatin have a tropical delight in each and every bite. Although the type of dessert recipe might sound intimidating, the simplicity of this dessert is enticing. If you are looking to upgrade the dessert routine, this dessert recipe is the perfect choice.

Dessert recipes tend to vary. While some people are drawn to over indulgent desserts, sometimes a simple dessert that focuses on a single component can be quite compelling.

From apple pie to the simple fruit crisp, those dessert recipes tend to be traditional recipes that seem to be a crowd pleaser. But, some home bakers are drawn to more complex flavors.

How is Spiced Pineapple Tarte Tatin different than the traditional recipe?

A traditional tarte tatin is a French dessert that is usually made with apples. The key to this dessert recipe is that it is upside down. Unlike a traditional pie where fruit filling is pour into the crust, this dessert is the opposite. The pie crust covers the rich, sweet fruit filling.

Sometimes, the fruit pieces are carefully layered into a stunning design. Or, the dessert can be more rustic. No matter how it looks, the flavor is the reason why people go back bite after bite.

In this recipe for the spiced pineapple tarte tatin, the classic French dessert is simplified in some ways yet elevated in flavor. Since the home baker doesn’t have to carefully layer each fruit slice in a pattern, she feels less intimated by this recipe.


With a few semi-homemade hacks (store bought crusts, frozen yogurt), this dessert recipe is more approachable. Truthfully, the focus of this dessert recipe is the fresh, golden pineapple.

By combining the pineapple with the Chinese five spice, the tropical flavors have more depth. Although the combination is not a bold heat, the robust flavor is quite enjoyable. It will make you wonder why you haven’t used that spice in dessert recipes sooner.

Here’s how to make spiced pineapple tarte tatin by Dole.


  • ¼ cup vegan buttery spread stick
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 DOLE Tropical Gold Pineapple, shell removed, cored, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crust
  • Low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Melt buttery spread and honey over medium heat in medium cast-iron skillet. Stir in pineapple chunks and increase temperature to medium-high, cook 3 minutes or until liquid is lightly golden and bubbly. Reduce heat to medium, continue cooking 2 more minutes.
  • Toss together pineapple with five-spice powder until evenly coated. Stir into skillet and cook for 1 minute or until heated through. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.
  • Cover pineapple mixture with pie crust, tucking edges down into skillet. Cut two slits in center of the crust.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden and cooked through. Let cool 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of tart. Place serving plate over skillet and turn over. Serve with vanilla yogurt if desired.

This recipe does use a butter spread. Traditional butter could be used. The flavors, textures and cooking can vary if ingredients are swapped.

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What do you think of this Spice Pineapple Tarte Tatin? Could it become your flavorful dessert escape?