Spiced Honeyed Pineapple and Mango Bites

Ingredients:    Serves: 6

1 Pineapple

1 Mango

20g Butter

50g Honey

1/2 teaspoon curry powder or  ground cinnamon

1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

1 star anise

Methods:

  1. Preheat oven to 160º C.
  2. Peel the pineapple, remove the ‘eyes’ and spikes and cut into 1cm or 2cm sized cubes. Peel the mango and diced int big cubes as well.
  3. Melt half of the butter in a casserole, add mango and cook for about 5-10 minutes in low flame.
  4. Add half of the honey, then half of the curry powder or cinnamon while tossing the mango, so as to avoid crystallization of honey. Remove from heat and set aside in a bowl.
  5. Heat the same casserole or pan and put the remaining butter and honey on the lowest flame and caramelize the pineapple cubes, sprinkle the remaining curry or cinnamon. After a few minutes, remove from heat and set aside.
  6. In the same casserole, arrange the mango in the bottom, cover with pineapple bites, drizzle with lemon juice. Add the star anise, cover the casserole and cook in hot oven for 40 minutes.
  7. Before serving, sprinkle with sesame seeds and vanilla ice cream.

***This dish is so comfy! When this type of dish is in an oven, believe me the whole kitchen will be invaded by a nice spicy smell! Your kitchen will emanate odours and scents like it’s a Morrocan Spice shop!! 🙂 Of course your guests will be utterly charmed by these embalming fragrances! They will think you made a tacky dessert when as you have noticed, this is very easy yet classy as dessert! If you serve this after a light dinner, and there still is some place left in your guest’s stomach, do try to serve this dish with a crème anglaise or a custard sauce; one which has a pouring consistency! Not a porridge one! Also, kids will adore theses bites served with little madeleines cakes and custard sauce! You can eventually replace the fruits with plums, apricots or peaches, apples or pears! Choose whatever you like but I prefer this combination as it screams tropical fruits and we can only think of summer , the sun and countries surrounded by the deep blue sea! (Thank God I live in Mauritius 😀 )… When served hot with a freezing vanilla ice cream, the contrast of temperature makes the ice cream melt quickly and things like that are culinary delights for the eyes and palate! 🙂 Pretty simple things, ingredients or dishes can elicit a smile, admiration or even love from your guests or from yourself! You can only thank yourself for daring to cook, to try new recipes and share what you have learned with your loved ones! After all this is what cooking is about! 🙂 Hope you’ll devour this sweet and spicy dish! 😀

Bon Appétit

-K

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anja
    May 15, 2012 @ 22:46:57

    Mmmmm…that must be delicious as well! I’m big fan of pineapple, so i’m definitely trying this !!!!! :DD*

    Reply

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