essentials: star anise

10 Mar

Cinnamon sticks are over. Star anise are a better shape, more intriguing.

  • Add one to Swedish pea soup for a mysterious twang
  • Prepare a simple syrup with sugar, water star anise and lemon juice to marinate winter fruit salad
  • Poach pears with white wine and star anise – serve plain with whipped cream or sliced and baked into an almond tart
  • Float them in cocktails just for their pretty star petals

N.B. Do not leave to soak overnight in soup/fruit salad – gives a weird burnt taste – too strong.

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