Christmas Roast Fruit Salad
1 pineapple, cored, skin removed and cut in to mouth-size pieces (or open a tin).
2 eating apples , cored and chopped.
2 pears, cored and chopped.
2 bananas, peeled and chopped.
2 handfuls dried sultanas.
2 handfuls dates, chopped.
2 handfuls crystallised ginger, chopped.
2 oranges, zest and juice.
About half a pint apple or other fruit juice.
Optional spices: 1 inch cinnamon, 2 star anise, 4 cloves, 4 green cardomon pods.
Mix all the ingredients in an oven proof bowl and cover with a double layer of foil.
Cook for 30 minutes at Gas 6 and a further couple of hours at Gas 1.
Serve hot or cold. Reheats very well in the microwave and is a good alternative to Christmas pudding.
You can vary the fruit or add more – today’s version has a mango (peeled and chopped).