Recipe of the Month

Spiced Barbecued Pineapple with Chocolate Dip

Have yourself a very merry, spiced and sweet Christmas with this super fun and delicious dessert recipe! Easy to serve and eat whilst mingling with your family and friends, this is a great dish for the forthcoming festive season!



> 1 Star anise
> 1 Cinnamon quill
> 5 Whole cloves
> 8 Szechuan peppercorns
> 100g Unsalted butter, melted
> 1 Pineapple, peeled, cut lengthways into 8 wedges
> Finely grated zest of 1 lime


> 100g Dark chocolate, finely chopped
> 1 Cup (125ml) pure (thin) cream


You can find all of the ingredients for this recipe and more in our Fresh Food Market on Level 3. Make your first stop to Market Place Fresh to stock up on pineapples (which are in season and delicious this time of year). Then head to the Dandenong Grocery Market for all things chocolate and spice! Not into star anise? You could opt for fennel seeds instead, which have a milder and sweeter liquorice flavour.  



Place the star anise, cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns in a dry pan over medium heat. Toast for 3 minutes or until fragrant.

Transfer to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, and grind to a fine powder. Place half the spice mixture in a bowl. Add the butter and stir to combine. Set aside.

Preheat a barbecue or chargrill pan over medium-high heat. Thread the pineapple onto skewers and brush with the spiced butter. Grill, brushing frequently with spiced butter, for 10 minutes or until lightly charred.

Meanwhile, for the chocolate dip, place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place cream and remaining spice mixture in a saucepan over medium heat.

Bring to the boil, then pour through a sieve over the chocolate. Set aside to cool for 1 minute, then use a spatula to stir until smooth and combined. Stir in a pinch of sea salt.

Serve pineapple skewers with the spiced chocolate dip, grated lime zest and extra sea salt.

Market Place

Market Place is located within our Level 3 Fresh Food Market.

With a wide array of the freshest locally sourced produce, you are sure to find your favourite fruit and vegetables and discover many more!

Be sure to check out The Market Place Halal Butcher inside the store on your next visit.