Pineapple with star anise

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
less than 10 mins

Serves
Serves 4



From The Hairy Bikers' Comfort Food

Ingredients

  • 1 large pineapple, peeled and cut into thick slices
  • 200g/7oz demerara sugar
  • 50g/1¾oz butter
  • few star anise, broken up
  • 1 lemongrass, roughly chopped
  • 1 piece pared lime zest
  • 100ml/3½fl oz rum

To serve (optional)

  • crème fraîche, ice cream or coconut-flavoured dairy-free ice cream

Method

  1. Spread the demerara sugar over a plate and dip the pineapple in it, coating both sides. Melt the butter in a large heavy frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter is foaming, add the pineapple, star anise, lemongrass and lime zest and cook until browned on both sides – you want the sugar to melt onto the pineapple and turn a dark brown/almost black colour.

  2. Heat the rum in a ladle, carefully set alight, and pour over the pineapple. Wait for the rum to burn off – keep on the heat until the contents of the pan look syrupy. Serve the pineapple with the syrupy juices poured over, with crème fraîche, ice cream or coconut-flavoured dairy-free ice cream on the side.

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