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Pineapple Upside Down Cake -can I use a pie pan?

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emilief Jan 5, 2008 04:13 PM

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???

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    Nancy Berry Jan 5, 2008 04:47 PM

    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.

    1. everydayfoodie Jan 5, 2008 06:43 PM

      That's how three generations of cooks in my family have made my favorite cake. I would say be sure you use a thick, good quality plate like Pyrex, and as Nancy says, use a deep-dish one.

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        emilief Jan 6, 2008 03:36 PM

        Thank you. The pyrex dish worked perfectly!

      2. revsharkie Jan 6, 2008 03:45 PM

        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.

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