Ground Aniseed 75g

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Ground aniseed, also known as anise powder, is derived from the seeds of the anise plant (Pimpinella anisum) and has a distinctive licorice-like flavour. It is commonly used in both sweet and savoury dishes in various cuisines around the world including cakes, cookies and fruit dishes.

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Try ground aniseed in:
  1. Baking: Ground aniseed is frequently used in baking, particularly in traditional recipes for cookies, cakes, and bread. It pairs well with flavours like cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange zest. You can add it to biscotti, gingerbread, or fruitcakes for a unique twist.
  2. Beverages: Aniseed is a key ingredient in many beverages. It is commonly used in liqueurs like absinthe, ouzo, and anisette. You can also add a pinch of ground aniseed to your tea or coffee for a hint of licorice flavour.
  3. Soups and stews: Aniseed is often used in soups and stews to add depth and complexity to the flavours. It works well in tomato-based soups, vegetable broths, and meat stews. Try adding a small amount of ground aniseed to your next batch of chilli or lentil soup.
  4. Pickling and preserving: Ground aniseed can be added to pickling brines or used in preserving fruits and vegetables. It imparts a unique flavour to pickles, relishes, and chutneys.
  5. Spice blends: Aniseed is a common ingredient in many spice blends. It is used in Chinese five-spice powder, Indian garam masala, and Middle Eastern za’atar. You can experiment with creating your own spice blends by incorporating ground aniseed.
  6. Roasted meats and vegetables: Aniseed can be used as a spice rub for roasted meats and vegetables. Combine it with other spices like fennel seeds, coriander, and black pepper for a flavourful blend. It works particularly well with roasted pork, lamb, and root vegetables.
Bring out the taste of ground aniseed:
Spiced Anise Cookies
  • 500g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground aniseed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground aniseed, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough and roll them into balls. Place the dough balls onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy these spiced anise cookies with a cup of tea or coffee for a delightful treat!

Dried, ground aniseed

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