Make the pineapple fillingWhile the dough is resting, make your pina filling. To start, place the chopped pineapple and sugar into a medium saucepan. Heat the pineapple over medium heat so that the pineapple softens and the juices start to thicken. Stir the mixture now and then and allow it to cook for roughly 30 minutes.Meanwhile, whisk together the water and cornstarch to make a slurry. once your pineapple mixture starts simmering, add the slurry and spices.Give the ingredients another good stir. Then, bring the filling to a simmer so that you can cook out the cornstarch.Then, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped, 1/4 - 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons of water, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground star anise, Pinch cloves, Pinch fine salt