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Crystallized Ginger Caramelized Pineapple
By Melissa's Corporate Chefs

Crystallized Ginger Caramelized Pineapple
Crème Anglaise
1 cup 1% Milk
Orange Peel 4 x 1 inch strips to taste
3 slices Ginger Root peeled
1 large Egg
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons All-Purpose Flour

Caramelized Pineapple
3 1/2 pounds Pineapple peeled but not cored
1/2 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Crystallized Ginger julienned

Make Crème Anglaise
Heat milk, orange peel, and ginger until hot and remove from heat. Let stand 25 minutes, then reheat.
Whisk together egg, sugar, flour and a pinch of salt until smooth. Pour milk through a sieve into a bowl, discarding solids. Gradually whisk hot milk into egg mixture, then transfer to a small saucepan.
Cook over moderately low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon and a thermometer registers 170°F, 3 to 5 minutes. (Do not let boil.) Pour custard through a fine sieve into a bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Chill until cold.

Make Caramelized Pineapple
Preheat broiler.
Cut 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices from middle of pineapple, reserving remainder for another use.
Lightly oil a shallow heavy baking pan and arrange pineapple rounds in 1 layer. Sprinkle with sugar and broil 4 inches from heat, rotating pan if necessary for even browning, until caramelized, 7 to 8 minutes. Cool pineapple.

Assemble Dessert
Place 1 pineapple round on each dessert plate. Make a cut in each remaining round from edge to center. Working with 1 round at a time and holding round perpendicular to plate, gently twist cut edges away from each other and prop on top of pineapple on plate.

Spoon crème anglaise around pineapple and sprinkle with crystallized ginger.

Crème anglaise can be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered.
Pineapple may be broiled up to 1 hour ahead.