Pineapple Upside Down Cake -can I use a pie pan?
I have a recipe for pinapple upside down cake which begins with melting butter and brown sugar in a 9 inch cake pan. My pan is tin and has a removable bottom- not sure it will stand up to being heated on top of stove. Can I use a glass pie pan and cook the butter and brown sugar in the micorwave and then add the pineapple and cake batter to that???
You can either do that or, if you have one, use a 9- or 10-in cast iron frypan (it's a pretty traditional pan for upside-down cake.) With this, you can melt the butter and brown sugar on the stove and then bake the cake in the oven.
If you do use a glass pie pan, it should be a deep-dish pan.
My mom and my grandma always made pineapple upside down cake in a cast-iron skillet, the biggest one they had. In my mom's case, if the big skillet was unavailable for whatever reason, she'd make it in a 9x13 cake pan.