Dessert in a Jar: Pineapple Surprise

Pineaaple Delight | Recipe by Be What We Love

Pineapple is a huge trend these days, they are literally everywhere from clothing, stationery, party themes etc.  and I’ve been always very obsessed with them, as you may notice from old posts  in this blog.

I had to bring a dessert to a picnic party with friends.  Mini desserts are always my favorite choice to bring to a small to medium size gathering because of how easy they are for people to just grab and eat.  I always love to add cute fabrics as I did to transform it into a delightful food gift for a friend, teacher or co-worker.

I bought this huge pineapple at Costco and started brainstorming what recipes I could make a day ahead for the picnic and looking through my mom recipe book ( yes, I kidnapped her recipe book last time I was in Brazil, but you guys are not going to tell her,right? shhhh!) I found this very popular Brazilian dessert called Supresa de Abacaxi, which my mom used to make for us when we got back from the beach during our Summer vacation.  Here is my version of Pineapple Surprise in a jar, I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Pineaaple Delight | Recipe by Be What We Love

Pineapple Surprise

Caramelized Pineapple

  • 1 medium pineapple, cut in small cubes
  • 2/4 cup of  sugar

Pastry Cream

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 of cup milk
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 4 egg yolks, strained
  • 1 can of Nestle Media Crema / Table Cream ( you can find it at the hispanic or latin food aisle)


  • 4 egg whites
  • 5 tbsp of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


Caramelized Pineapple:

In a small saucepan, add pineapple cubes and sugar. Cook on medium-high heat until pineapple becomes tender and water evaporates. It will look like a pineapple jam. When done add a tablespoon or 2 to your glass jars.

Pastry Cream:

In a saucepan add the condensed milk, milk, cornstarch and eggs yolks. In a medium-low heat whisk until a pastry cream consistency. Then you turn off the heat source and move the pan away to add and mix the table cream.  Add cream on top of the pineapple in the jar.


In large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until mixture forms stiff peaks. 

Add the meringue on top of the cream in the jar. Torch the meringue to give it’s golden color; or bake for 10 to 12 minutes.


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Elderflower Honey Whiskey


Elderflower Honey Whiskey | Be What We LoveWe’re donning sweaters and giving up our shorts, yes summer is officially over, but I’m still trying to hang on to it just a little bit.  I always loved the look of the St. Germain bottles, and had some great cocktails that used it, but it was never a staple of my home drinks.  My husband bought me a bottle as a gift and we challenged ourselves to see what cocktail creations we could dream up.  St. Germain is an elderflower liquor blended with cane sugar, and a little citrus, so it has a light flowery and slightly fruity flavor. We thought it would go nicely with a special cocktail to remind us of summer sweet tea and pair it with a honey whiskey to warm us up for the coming chill.   


  • Honey Whiskey
  • St. Germain Elderflower Liquor
  • Tea (we just put 4 tea bags in a mason jar of filtered water out in the sun for 3-4 hours)
  • Mint leaves
  • Lemon
  • Ginger Root (optional, but recommended) 
  • Cocktail shaker


(makes two drinks)

  1. Cut two small slice of ginger root about as thick as a quarter
  2. Slice lemon in two, squeeze half lemon into shaker, slice the remaining half, add two slices to the shaker and save the remaining as garnish
  3. Add 8 medium sized mint leaves 
  4. Add 3 ounces of Honey Whiskey
  5. Add 10 ounces of tea
  6. Honey to taste
  7. Add about an ounce of St. Germain
  8. Throw in 7-8 ice cubes and get shaking
  9. Strain into glass with ice cubes
  10. Garnish with mint and lemon slices

So what’s the verdict on this cocktail innovation Mr. BeWhatWeLove put together?  Refreshing, well balanced, and a wonderful so long to summer cocktail. Cheers! 

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Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Mojito

Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Mojito recipe by Be What We Love

Nothing says Summer more than watermelon in every single grocery store in America, right? Since we moved from our small condo to our new home with a nice deck, we have been enjoying a lot of outdoor dining and parties at the house instead of having to take a drive to our old “backyard” aka a nice park by the Potomac River. 

It’s always fun to create a signature cocktail for parties and dinners. Watermelon, organic mint from our garden, rum and friends are always a refreshing mix for a entertainning Summer Fiesta. So  don’t waste any more summer days, get your friends together in a park or at home and serve this refreshingly delicious Watermelon Mojito recipe and be prepared for it to be a hit. Enjoy!


  • Watermelon chunks
  • Mint
  • Rum (preferably Don Q)


  1. Cut watermelon in chunks and remove the seeds
  2. Blend watermelon chunks
  3. Muddle a few mint leaves in watermelon juice
  4. Add rum and ice cubes. 
  5. Place mint garnish and flamingo straw in drink (this may seem optional, but it’s not ;)). 
  6. And enjoy a refreshing summer watermelon cocktail!

Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Mojito recipe by Be What We Love

Quick Brazilian Cheese Bread ( Pão de Queijo)

Quick Brazilian Cheese Bread | Recipe by Be What We Love blog

Pão de Queijo is a staple in every Brazilian household, specially when we serve coffee for friends and family visiting. Here in the U.S., it became famous by being served in all Brazilian steakhouses or if you know any Brazilian living here, they might had them in one of their fun parties.  And what a great recipe to make while you and your friend watch the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!

I must admit that we used to buy them frozen at our favorite Portuguese/Brazilian grocery store here in Northern Virginia, but not anymore. Be ready to make theses delicious and addictive cheese bread with only 6 ingredients, a blender and a mini muffin pan or if you want them bigger you could use a cupcake pan, in only 20 minutes! YES!!

The only ingredients that you might not have already in your pantry is tapioca flour. Nowadays you can find in any major supermarket next to other specialty flours. Now, if your city have Asian markets you can get it for a very good price, they sometimes call it cassava or manioc flour. Tapioca flour is gluten free, so you can use this recipe as a great option for gluten free bread (using the cupcake pan) and make yummy panini sandwiches. Let me know on the comments  below if you made them or tag me on social media or use the hashtag #bewhatwelove . 

Quick Brazilian Cheese Bread


  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 2/3 cup grated mozzarella/parmesan  (or Mexican blend cheeses )
  • 1 teaspoon of salt (or more to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse or low-speed blend until combined.
  3. Pour the mixture into greased mini muffin pans or cupcake pans for a bigger bread puff
  4.  Fill each cup about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, until a little golden brown 
  6. Let them cool and enjoy!

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