Question: My son is being married in June. Since he and his bride are honeymooning in Hawaii, I want to use a special pineapple-macadamia nut recipe I have for the wedding cake. Trouble is, it calls for candied pineapple which I can't find this time of year. Can you tell me where to find some or give me a recipe?
Answer: We'll do both. The Ultimate Nut & Candy Co. carries candied pineapple year round in their stores at Farmer's Market, 3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles, and 11849 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Their other stores in Topanga Plaza Mall, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park; 223 Del Amo Fashion Square, Torrance, and Mission Valley Center, 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, can order the product and provide delivery in a couple of days.
If you want to make the fruit yourself, Helen Witty and Elizabeth Schneider Colchie, authors, suggest using pineapple packed in its own juice for candying. Here is the recipe from their book "Better Than Store-Bought" (Harper & Row: 1979):
2 (15-ounce) cans pineapple chunks in juice
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 cups sugar
Drain pineapple well, reserving juice. Place 1 cup juice in wide enameled or stainless steel skillet. Add corn syrup and sugar and bring to boil. Boil until syrup spins short thread, or small amount of syrup tipped from spoon over pot forms filament 2 to 3 inches long rather than dripping from spoon.