Fruit Platter


2 cups caster sugar
2 cups water
2 tb sp lemon or lime juice
5 cm strip lime or lemon rind
1 small pineapple, chopped
1 pawpaw, shaped into balls or chopped
1 rock melon, chopped
1 honey dew melon, chopped
8 fresh lychees, peeled and seeded
fresh mint leaves or sprigs to garnish

Place the sugar and water in a medium pan. Stir over medium heat, with out boiling
for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Add the juice and rind to the pan and then bring to the boil. Boil, with out stirring for 10 minutes or until the syrup has thicken slightly.

Remove the rind from the pan and set the mixture aside to cool. Place the prepared fruit in a large bowl, cover and chill for at least 30 minutes. Just prior to serving, pour over enough cooled syrup to coat the fruit and then carefully fold it through. Arrange the fruit in an attractive bowl, platter or hollowed out melon. Garnish with mint leaves or sprigs.

(Serves: 4-6)


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