Dark Chocolate, Star Anise & Pear Spring Rolls
A lovely mix of fruit and chocolate spiced with star anise all wrapped up in crispy filo pastry.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 small spring rolls
- 1 large pear - diced small
- 60 millilitres water (1/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 whole star anise
- 1 teaspoon cornflour cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- 4 sheets filo pastry
- 6 teaspoons good quality dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
- cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
Chop your pear up into small chunks and place them into a small saucepan and add the water, sugar and star anise.
Place on the heat and very gently simmer for 8 to 12 minutes. You want your pear to soften but the chunks to still hold their shape.
In a small cup mix the cornflour (cornstarch) and water together till you have a white liquid and add to the fruit mix. It will thicken quickly so take it off the heat as soon as it has done so.
Put it to one side and allow it to cool down so you can handle it without burning yourself.
Once the fruit is cool enough for you to handle, pre heat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas mark 4.
Melt your butter in the microwave grab a pastry brush. Take 4 sheets of filo pastry place one on top of the other and cut them up into 6 squares.
Take one of the small squares, butter around the edges, repeat until you have 4 layers.
Place 1 heaped tablespoon of pear 'jam' in a line down the centre, leaving a couple of centimetres at each end. Take a teaspoon of your dark chocolate chips and sprinkle on top of the fruit.
Fold the long edges over until it just overlaps the fruit. Fold one half of the pastry over till it covers the filling and then roll like a cigar.
Brush the tops with a little more of the melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. If you don't have any cinnamon sugar just normal sugar will work.
Pop them on a baking tray seam side down and in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes. They should have a light golden colour to them and be crispy.
Eat on their own as a snack or serve with ice cream or cream as a dessert. These lovely treats will keep in an airtight tin in the fridge for 4-5 days but it's recommended you reheat in the oven for a few minutes before eating them.