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Caramelised Pineapple With Hot Chocolate Sauce

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Introduction

There's no other way to put this: these are fruit kebabs. I know how this sounds, but that's not how they taste.

These skewer-threaded chunks of pineapple are sprinkled with sugar and blitzed on the barbecue or under the grill till that absurdly yellow, tropical-sunshine flesh is scorched a deep, golden brown. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, there is more. You make a thick, dark coconut-rum-deepened chocolate sauce and dip the pineapple into it as you eat.

To make this less a Barbie-fest, however, you can forget the bamboo skewer element and simply sugar and grill pieces of pineapple and serve them up to be eaten relatively elegantly, with knife and fork, a jugful of hot chocolate sauce on the table alongside.

There's no other way to put this: these are fruit kebabs. I know how this sounds, but that's not how they taste.

These skewer-threaded chunks of pineapple are sprinkled with sugar and blitzed on the barbecue or under the grill till that absurdly yellow, tropical-sunshine flesh is scorched a deep, golden brown. Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, there is more. You make a thick, dark coconut-rum-deepened chocolate sauce and dip the pineapple into it as you eat.

To make this less a Barbie-fest, however, you can forget the bamboo skewer element and simply sugar and grill pieces of pineapple and serve them up to be eaten relatively elegantly, with knife and fork, a jugful of hot chocolate sauce on the table alongside.

Caramelised Pineapple With Hot Chocolate Sauce
Photo by Petrina Tinslay

Ingredients

Serves: 6-8

Metric Cups

For the Pineapple

  • 1 ripe pineapple
  • approx. 250 grams demerara sugar

For the Chocolate Sauce

  • 200 grams dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
  • 125 millilitres malibu
  • 120 millilitres double cream

For the Pineapple

  • 1 ripe pineapple
  • 1⅓ cups turbinado sugar

For the Chocolate Sauce

  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
  • ½ cup malibu
  • ½ cup heavy cream

Method

You will need 14 bamboo skewers soaked in cold water to stop them catching fire in the heat of the barbecue or grill.

  1. Preheat the grill or barbecue. Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple and, working vertically, slice the skin off the fruit. Cut into quarters and then into about three pieces again lengthways so that you have wedges of pineapple. Cut out the woody core and thread the wedges on to the soaked bamboo skewers lengthways and arrange these in a shallow dish.
  2. Put the chocolate, broken up into pieces, into a thick-bottomed pan along with the Malibu and melt over a low heat. Then, stirring, pour in the cream, plus any juice that has gathered from the fruit. When the sauce is thick, smooth and hot, pour into a bowl with a ladle, or enough little bowls to give one per person.
  3. Lay the pineapple kebabs on a sheet of foil and either grill or barbecue the pineapple, thickly coating it with demerara sugar first, until it caramelises and scorches in the heat.
  4. Take off the barbecue and lay them on a large plate and let everyone take them as they want, dipping the pineapple skewers into the hot chocolate sauce as they eat.

You will need 14 bamboo skewers soaked in cold water to stop them catching fire in the heat of the barbecue or grill.

  1. Preheat the grill or barbecue. Cut the top and bottom off the pineapple and, working vertically, slice the skin off the fruit. Cut into quarters and then into about three pieces again lengthways so that you have wedges of pineapple. Cut out the woody core and thread the wedges on to the soaked bamboo skewers lengthways and arrange these in a shallow dish.
  2. Put the chocolate, broken up into pieces, into a thick-bottomed pan along with the Malibu and melt over a low heat. Then, stirring, pour in the cream, plus any juice that has gathered from the fruit. When the sauce is thick, smooth and hot, pour into a bowl with a ladle, or enough little bowls to give one per person.
  3. Lay the pineapple kebabs on a sheet of foil and either grill or barbecue the pineapple, thickly coating it with turbinado sugar first, until it caramelises and scorches in the heat.
  4. Take off the barbecue and lay them on a large plate and let everyone take them as they want, dipping the pineapple skewers into the hot chocolate sauce as they eat.

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What 2 Others have said

  • I made this recipe a few years ago for my big kids but not adults (yes, with alcohol) and they loved it. There's nothing like fresh pineapple. Alcohol was reduced but added to the chocolate sauce - delicious.

    Posted by Mumof-5 on 5th September 2014
  • This is a truly decadent recipe. I have made this over the last 10 years for different parties and guests, it ALWAYS gets rave reviews. The sweet pineapple, grilled,caramelized with the sugar on the grill, and the rich dark chocolate and coconut rum is almost too much to imagine. This dessert adds the touch of elegances at the end of a meal, that your guests will be talking about for years! Guaranteed.

    Posted by mkmkgirl on 23rd June 2014
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