Caramelised pineapple compotes

Caramelised pineapple compotes

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Prep: 1 hr, 20 mins Cook: 10 mins 1½ hrs, plus standing, freezing, chilling

A challenge

Serves 8

Impress your guests with Gordon Ramsay’s intensely flavoured fruit purée topped with yogurt and shavings of iced fruit granita

Nutrition and extra info

  • granita only


  • kcal150
  • fat2g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.13g
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  • 1 large ripe pineapple



    With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple…

  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 500g carton sweetened whole milk yogurt (we used Müller Thick and Creamy Yogurt)



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

  • Frosted coriander sprigs and Coconut tuiles, to serve


  1. Cut the skin off the pineapple, then cut it lengthways into quarters and remove the core from each piece. Chop the flesh roughly and purée in a food processor or blender until creamy. Pour the purée into a large sieve set over a bowl, and leave to drain in the fridge overnight. Do not stir.

  2. Next day, pour the juice from the bowl into a freezerproof container. Freeze until solid (at least 4 hours).

  3. Now caramelise the flesh. At this stage, in the restaurant, we rub the flesh through a sieve with the back of a ladle to make it very creamy. It’s not vital, but it makes this dessert extra-special. Tip the sugar into a medium-sized frying pan and stir in 2 tbsp cold water. Stand for 5 minutes before heating slowly over a gentle heat, shaking the pan until the sugar dissolves into a clear syrup. When all the crystals have dissolved, raise the heat and cook to a medium golden colour. Tip in the pineapple flesh and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until flavoured and slightly reduced. Remove and cool, then keep in a covered container in the fridge until ready to serve (The purée will keep for up to 2 days.)

  4. When the pineapple juice has frozen, scrape it into icy shavings using a large metal spoon. Place in another container and keep frozen until ready to serve.

  5. To serve, divide the purée between 8 shot or small wine glasses and top with yogurt. (They can be chilled for up to 4 hours at this point.) Remove the shavings from the freezer and spoon over the yogurt. Top each glass with a Frosted coriander sprig and serve with Coconut tuiles.

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3rd Sep, 2009
Absolutely fantastic but you need lots of time to prepare it.
18th Jul, 2009
We loved this dessert and made it with tinned pineapple because our pineapple was not ripe. The taste is spectacular, tangy, smooth with the yoghurt and perfect for a dinner party. Make it you will love it.
30th Jan, 2008
This was a really different dessert and its looks very impressive. Its a bit complicated at first but once you get the hang of it it's great!
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