July 27, 2010

Mad Men Retro Fun

I can't believe I only started watching Mad Men earlier this year. After hearing all of the rave reviews, I finally picked up Season 1 on DVD and quickly became addicted. Immediately renting my way up to the end of Season 3, I anxiously awaited the Season 4 premiere, which was this past Sunday.

Since 99% of my household shares my same Mad Men feelings, we decided to enjoy the evening with a retro dinner prior to tuning into our beloved TV drama. Yours truly created the menu - deviled eggs, tuna noodle pasta salad, rainbow jello, and a pineapple upside-down cake.

Everything was delicious! I'd never baked a pineapple upside-down cake before, so this cake was an extra fun to make and eat. :)

Gluten Free Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
adapted from Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book

2 8oz. cans of sliced pineapple (you may not need the entire second can)
3 tablespoons of butter or margarine
½ cup of brown sugar
6 - 8 maraschino cherries, halved
cup of shortening (I used Spectrum)
½ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sifted gluten free all-purpose flour (I used Meister's)
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain pineapple, reserving juice from one can.

In the microwave, melt butter in an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. (You can also melt the butter on the stove top and then pour into pan.) Add brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of the reserved pineapple juice to the butter and spread to cover the bottom of the pan. Pour the rest of the juice into a measuring cup and add water to the ½ cup line.

Arrange pineapple in the pan, placing a cherry half in the center of each slice.

In a large bowl, cream together shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy.

Sift together gluten free flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture along with the ½ cup of pineapple/water juice. Mix well.

Spread batter over pineapple and bake for 40-45 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes and invert on plate. Serve warm and enjoy!

What's your favorite "retro" dish?


Grace said...

OH my it is beautiful, I love Pineapple Upside Down Cake!

nutritioulicious said...

I love Mad Men! My husband and I didn't start watching it until last year and this is the first season we're watching it live! Love your retro menu and great job on that cake. It looks awesome!

alexandra said...

I picked the same dress for my MadMenYourself lady. Mine had a cocktail, but I think they'd be friends.

Betsy said...

Thanks Grace and Jessica!

A! Obviously our girls would have the same dress, we have such great style! :)

Call me Ishmael said...

That looks amazing!

Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

Now I've got to watch Mad Men! Thanks for the recommendation :) And, it doesn't get much better than pineapple upside down cake. It is picture-perfect!

May I please feature it on my new site, GlutenFreeFeed.com? It is kind of a photo montage of gluten-free food and recipes. :)

Betsy said...

Jenn - you MUST watch it! Soooo good! :)

Sure! I'd love to share it on GFF...I'll go submit it now...


Jenn/CinnamonQuill said...

Thanks! It's on the site! I just launched the site a few days ago and I'm already finding little things I want to change around, but hopefully I'll get it the way I want it in the next week or so! I appreciate the submission :)

And if I get addicted to Mad Men I'm blaming you! ;-)

I Am Gluten Free said...

Oh yeah - a piece of your cake and a cup of tea, what could be better???

haya said...

what a fun idea!!

i love mad men. recently started rewatching the series, starting from the beginning with my boyfriend.

Iris said...

Ooh, I can't even remember the last time I had pineapple upside down cake, but this is inspiring me to want to make one!