In a large ceramic bowl, place the tandoori paste and coconut oil and mix well
Prick the pear halves all over using a skewer or the tip of a sharp knife and place them into the bowl with the tandoori mixture. Coat the pears well. Cover and allow to 'marinate' for 2 hours or overnight
Remove the pears from the bowl and place onto a flat baking tray lined with baking paper. Place one star anise into the centre of each pear half
Place into the pre heated oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until just soft. Turn the heat up to 200°C and cook for a further 5 minutes or until slightly golden and aromatic. Remove and allow to cool slightly
Serve warm onto 4 large plates topped with lots of European style yoghurt and drizzled with honey
Recipe by David Bitton
David Bitton was born in Paris in 1968 and began his apprenticeship in La Colombes, Paris, in 1984 at the age of fifteen. His love of old and established fine dining rooms took him to The Grande Dining Room at the elegant Windsor Hotel in Melbourne. In 1994, David was chef de partie at The Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, quickly becoming head chef at the famous Gekko Restaurant in 1996.
In 2000 David and his wive's dream of owning their own café became a reality when they opened Bitton in Alexandria. To supplement the food at the café, the now famous Strawberry and Vanilla Jam was created and the journey of their amazing success story began.
In 2010 David celebrated ten years in business with the launch of his first book, Bitton, A French-inspired café cookbook. The book has been an outstanding success in its quest to bring real food from the iconic café and David’s background into people’s kitchens and he has sold an unprecedented 60,000 copies.