Fruit Skewers

An excellent, healthy treat for children and adults alike...


  • 1 tblsp dried rose petals
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tblsp allspice
  • ½ tblsp cassia
  • ½ of a star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod (cut in half and beans scraped out of both halves)
  • 1 tsp mango powder
  • 600 g selection of fruit (mix of pineapple, fresh or from a tin and drained is perfect, plums, apricots, nectarines, seedless grapes, banana, peach)
  • 200 g honey or maple syrup
  • 10 wooden skewers
  • fresh mint (roughly chopped)


  1. Grind all the spices in a pestle and mortar or electric grinder to a coarse powder.
  2. Pour the spices into a large mixing bowl, add the vanilla beans and mango powder, then mix to combine all the flavours.
  3. Chop the fruit into chunks, about 3cm cubes.
  4. Add the fruit cubes to the ‘spice bowl’ and stir around to thoroughly coat each piece.
  5. Carefully push alternate fruit cubes onto the skewers, using up the fruit evenly amongst the 10 skewers.
  6. Drizzle a couple of teaspoons of maple syrup (or honey) over each fruit skewer so as to give each one a light gloopy gloss.
  7. Pop onto a medium high shelf on your BBQ and cook for 1 to 1½mins, turning once, until the fruit is just soft and the syrup not burnt!
  8. Arrange around a circular serving platter, drizzle with a more syrup (or honey) and scatter the mint over, serve immediately!


Chef's Tip: You could alternatively pop them onto a solid baking tray and into an oven set at 230° or gas mark 8 for a minute or so, turning only once.


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