Brown Sugar and Star Anise Topping

Brown Sugar and Star Anise Topping

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 3 hr
  • Total: 3 hr 10 min
  • Serving: Makes about 4 cups

This sweet and brightly flavored brown sugar and star anise topping can be enjoyed spread onto toast, spooned onto pancakes, or used as a condiment to accompany roast pork.


  • 4 pounds ripe pears cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 whole star anise pods


  1. Preheat you oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Put the pears in a food processor and puree until smooth, then add the brown sugar, lemon juice and the salt. Pulse well to combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish and then add the star anise pods. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 3 hours, stirring approximately every 30 minutes to prevent sticking. Cool and serve or store in a tightly-closed container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.


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