The Yankee Chef
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh orange zest
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 fresh pineapple
Cut both ends of pineapple off and then cut it in half vertically. Slice off the skin, making sure you remove any 'eyes' that are still visible (this makes for tough eating). Slice this peeled pineapple half into six wedges. Cut out the center core of each wedge.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, orange zest and juice. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, for 3 minutes, uncovered. Add pineapple wedges; spooning syrup mixture over pineapple while cooking. Continue cooking (and frequently spooning, for an additional 3-15 minutes, or until the pineapple is to your liking. Remove from heat and serve up with real vanilla ice cream or whipped topping if desired.
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