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    Caramelised pineapple, star anise and rum

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus cooling
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes, plus cooling

    Serves: 4


    75g caster sugar

    1 small pineapple (about 750g), cored and cut into 4 thick slices

    4 star anise

    2 bay leaves

    150ml dark rum

    50g unsalted butter, cubed


    1 Sprinkle the sugar into a large frying pan and add the pineapple and star anise. Cook over a medium heat until the sugar melts and turns chestnut brown; watch carefully.

    2 Add the bay leaves and 100ml rum, tilting the pan to flambé the pineapple; take care and stand well back. Let any flames subside, then boil until the liquid turns syrupy.

    3 Add the butter and 200ml water. Simmer for 7-8 minutes, until the liquid is a thick syrup, then add the remaining 50ml rum. Leave to bubble and thicken for a few minutes more.

    4 Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 3-4 minutes. Serve, with ice cream, if liked.


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