Spiced Pineapple Compote

The marriage of pineapple and star anise is divine. Add the ginger, cinnamon and vanilla and the combination is sensational.


  • 1 just ripe pineapple, skin cut off
  • 1 inch ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  • 3 star anise
  • Peel of 1 lemon (without the white pith), sliced into thin strips
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

Serves 4


  1. Cut pineapple into quarters lengthways and slice off tough inner core. Slice pineapple 1cm thick. Place in a saucepan with remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, uncovered, to allow flavours to infuse. Serve hot or cold with yoghurt or ice cream.
Per Serve