There are lots of great food pairings, but this may be one of our new favorites for summer - Smoky Pineapple and Salted Caramel. When developing Smoky Pineapple Granola in the kitchen, For Good Granola's goal was to hit a bit more unique flavor profile, but ensure it wasn't off-putting - the "hint of smoke" was to be subtle at the finish.
The combination of cinnamon and sweet smoked paprika gently introduces your taste buds to the smoke while the natural hickory smoke allows the flavor to linger for just the right amount of time (or until you put the next fistful in your mouth). That smoke, coupled with the great texture and flavor of dried pineapple with 'just-the-right-amount-of-sweet' is a beautiful combination.
You will find all the other familiar well-balanced ingredients in their Smoky Pineapple granola as in their Original Blend - buckwheat groats, almonds, unsweetened coconut, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and flaxseed meal. They swapped the puffed amaranth for puffed sorghum, which is larger and provides a lighter texture. And...as the natural sweetener, maple syrup, instead of honey.
So, now that you know the nuts and bolts of their yummy blend...what to do with this newfound granola? Well, first, you must try it, straight out of the bag. Although there are many ways to incorporate granola into your daily diet, the one we hear most is "I just grab a handful for a snack." Beyond this new flavor being great on so many things (including your morning yogurt), it will also allow you to check the "handful for a snack" checkbox. Maybe even with a side of summer cocktail (think mezcal margarita) or beer? If you're looking for a bit more, maybe give Smoky Pineapple and Salted Caramel (see recipe below) a go. Pro tip: skip making the salted caramel from scratch on this one and use Mott St's bestselling Miso Caramel Sauce instead!
Smoky Pineapple Meets Salted Caramel Pound Cake
This easy dessert has all the bright flavors of summer wrapped up in a delicious dish! The unexpected combination of Smoky pineapple, salted caramel, and grilled peaches is a match made in heaven and one we'll be enjoying all summer long.
1 store-bought pound cake
4 ripe peaches
1 pint vanilla ice cream
Smoky Pineapple Granola
1/2 cup of water
1 1/4 cup of sugar
8oz heavy cream
1tsp vanilla bean paste
Add water, sugar and salt to medium saucepan over medium heat and gently stir until syrup comes to a boil, about 3-4 minutes.
Simmer without stirring until syrup becomes the color of honey, about 5-6 minutes more. Keep a close eye and gently swirl pan occasionally to ensure syrup cooks evenly. Cook until color changes to an amber color, about another minute.
While your sauce is simmering, slice your pound cake and fruit and lightly grill both over the stovetop.
After your sauce has become an amber color, immediately add cream while constantly stirring and reduce heat to medium low, caramel will appear to seize up, but continue stirring and it will smooth out again. Stir constantly and simmer until caramel reaches 225 degrees on an instant read thermometer, about 3 minutes.
Remove your sauce from the heat and whisk in vanilla bean paste until completely incorporated.
Now it's time to assemble! Plate a piece of grilled pound cake, add some grilled peach slices on top, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, then a handful of Smoky Pineapple Granola, and finish off with a healthy drizzle of salted caramel sauce on top.