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Caramelised pineapple with star anise and ice-cream

Pineapple and caramel – it's a combination that just works.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 4
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Pineapple and caramel go so well together, and even better flavoured and scented with star anise. Apples also work well, as do cinnamon or cloves.


  • 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground star anise, plus 1 whole star anise
  • 4 thick slices pineapple
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • Vanilla bean ice-cream, to serve


  • 1
    Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Scatter sugar over pan and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until it forms a caramel (1-2 minutes). Add ground and whole star anise, swirl to combine, then add pineapple and cook until hardened caramel dissolves (2-4 minutes; be careful, caramel will spit). Turn pineapple and cook until tender and golden (2-4 minutes). Add lime juice to pan and swirl until a sauce forms.
  • 2
    Transfer pineapple to plates, top with ice-cream and spoon over caramel to serve.