Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese: If I'm going to spend the time to make my own bagel spread, it needs to be original (can't find it in the stores) and very delicious (worth the work). This sweet and citrusy spread checks both of those boxes for sure! | macheesmo.com
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Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

This little gem of a slightly sweet and citrusy bagel spread gets filed away in my ever-growing list of recipes to make not-great, store-bought bagels worth it. Other installments in this series include Jalapeno Cheddar cream cheese and caramelized onion cream cheese!

For those of us that don’t live in NYC, it can be really tough to find a great bagel. There’s one decent bagel spot here in Denver, but the lines can get a bit out of control and it’s not exactly around the corner from my house.

So, I’ve resigned to focus on the spreads. In this case, it involves big chunks of fresh pineapple that have been roasted into submission until they caramelize and turn intensely sweet.

As far as I know, you can’t buy caramelized pineapple cream cheese in any store, but it’s well worth a few minutes on a lazy weekend.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese: If I'm going to spend the time to make my own bagel spread, it needs to be original (can't find it in the stores) and very delicious (worth the work). This sweet and citrusy spread checks both of those boxes for sure! | macheesmo.com

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

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Yield
Enough for 6-8 bagels
Prep Time
Total Time

This bagel spread is something original (can’t find it in the stores) and very delicious (worth the work)!

Ingredients

2 cups diced pineapple
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of kosher salt
8 ounces cream cheese
Bagels, for serving
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Directions

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel pineapple and chop core into eighths. Cut out center core for each eighth and chop into small 1/2-inch chunks.

2) Measure out two cups of pineapple and toss with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Spread out pineapple in a baking dish.

3) Bake pineapple at 400 degrees until it’s lightly caramelized, stir it occasionally. It will need to bake for approximately 20 minutes, but you can bake it longer for a deeper caramelization.

4) Let pineapple cool and then roughly chop and stir into softened cream cheese. Spread cream cheese on bagels.

Store leftover cream cheese in the fridge for up to a week.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

Dealing with the Pineapple

This big fruit is kind of intimidating unless you chop them up daily like this dude on Youtube.

Luckily, you don’t have to be quite that elegant.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

Heeyyyy

I just chop the ends off and then use a sharp knife to slice off the thick outer skin. Then I cut into quarters and slice out the core.

Then you can take each quarter and dice it up pretty easily. For this recipe you want to shoot for 1/2-inch cubes for the roasting process. It doesn’t have to be exact though!

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

Peeled and chopped

Other Pineapple Sources: You absolutely can use fresh pineapple from your deli that’s already been chopped. You can’t use canned pineapple. It’s just soaked in too much juice and sugar and won’t ever caramelize correctly.

Once you have your pineapple chopped, stir it together with brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

Good flavors

Transfer this to a baking dish and roast it at 400 degrees F. for about 20 minutes.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

Ready to bake.

You’ll want to stir the pineapple every 10 minutes or so but don’t stir it too often as the whole point is to caramelize it in spots.

This was my pineapple after 20 minutes of roasting, but you could go longer if you want a more intense pineapple flavor. There’s a lot of moisture in pineapple and it’s pretty hard to over-roast it.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

GOOD.

Mixing the Cream Cheese

There are only two tips here. First, let the pineapple cool before mixing it into the cream cheese or it’ll melt the cream cheese into a weird goop.

Second, chop it up a bit. Don’t leave the pineapple in big chunks. It’s just too chunky for a spread like this.

You can go pretty heavy on the pineapple though. I like pretty much equal parts pineapple and cream cheese.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

All mixed up.

Toast a bagel (or don’t if you can find a good one) and spread on liberally.

If you’re a bagel lover, you gotta try out this schmear.

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese: If I'm going to spend the time to make my own bagel spread, it needs to be original (can't find it in the stores) and very delicious (worth the work). This sweet and citrusy spread checks both of those boxes for sure! | macheesmo.com

Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese: If I'm going to spend the time to make my own bagel spread, it needs to be original (can't find it in the stores) and very delicious (worth the work). This sweet and citrusy spread checks both of those boxes for sure! | macheesmo.com

5 comments on “Caramelized Pineapple Cream Cheese

  1. I really want to try this. We usually just use butter or strawberry cream cheese. This sounds much better than that.

  2. Made this today – wow! I made a small amount, just to taste it (didn’t want to waste the delishness of the fresh pineapple) and it was easy to make and I’m starting my next batch of it so that I can have some more later in the week. Take note: the smell that is roasted pineapple is indescribably amazing. Second only to the smell that is toasted coconut – which I happen to have on hand and will throw a handful into my next batch of the pineapple spread.

  3. Mine is baking right now, can’t wait to try it! You have a minor typo in the directions, I think. The list of ingredients says to use a pinch of salt, in the directions it says to mix with the brown sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of sugar? I used salt, hope that was right! Thank you for posting such a great idea!

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