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Lychees, cherries and guavas in lemon grass and vanilla syrup

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast dessert recipe for lychees, cherries and guavas in lemongrass and vanilla syrup

By Rodney Dunn
  • Serves 4
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Lychees, cherries and guavas in lemongrass and vanilla syrup


  • 2 stalks lemon grass, bruised
  • 1 pandanus leaf, knotted
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthways
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • 1½ cups water
  • 650 gm lychees, peeled
  • 250 gm cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 white guava, peeled, cut into wedges
  • To serve: vanilla bean or coconut ice-cream, optional


  • 1
    Place lemongrass, pandanus leaf, scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean and bean, caster sugar and 1½ cups water in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Boil syrup until reduced by half, then set cool.
  • 2
    Place lychees, cherries, guava and syrup in a bowl, combine well and refrigerate until chilled. Divide fruit and syrup among bowls and serve immediately, with ice-cream, if using.