This Asian five spice is a potent blend of star anise, fennel seeds, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon, and is particularly good for your meat based cooking and stir fry dishes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
Note: I advise using whole ingredients where you can as these will add the best flavours. Sometimes this is not convenient as you may not have them available. If so, use ground powders and halve the quantities. So for 3 tablespoons of fennel seeds you would use 4 teaspoons of pre-ground fennel. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.
What You'll Need: (makes 5-6 tablespoons)
tbsp fennel seed
3 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp whole cloves
8-10 star anise
2 x 2 inch pieces of cinnamon
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your Asian 5 spice in an airtight jar in a cupboard and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.
Note: To get even more flavour, and if you have the time, you could dry toast all the ingredients prior to cooling and grinding. The heat when toasting really draws out the flavours and aromas.
here for more info on this simple, recommended cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)
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