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Spiced fruit and berries


  • 40g strawberries

  • 40g blueberries

  • 30g red currants

  • 1/3 vanilla pod, split

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream

  • 25ml Kirsch

  • Star anise

  • Caster sugar

  • Water

  • Cocoa powder

  • Icing sugar to dust


  • 1.

    Wash and pick over the blueberries and redcurrants for any blemishes. Halve the strawberries but retain the green petal tops for the colour.

  • 2.

    Heat a heavy-based pan and add the vanilla pod and star anise and continue to heat until their aromas are released.

  • 3.

    Add the fruits starting with the strawberries then follow with the rest.

  • 4.

    Add a sprinkle of sugar to sweeten and produce a thick syrup. Amplify the flavours with the addition of the kirsch and flambé.

  • 5.

    Coat all the fruits evenly in the mixture and turn onto a plate allowing them to infuse and cool.

  • 6.

    To serve make a caramel basket and spoon a little of the fruit into the middle adding a portion of ice cream, dust with icing sugar and cocoa powder.

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