I'm obsessed with star anise right now. It is available in good supermarkets and asian food shops sell it cheaply. It's flavour is liquoricy but not with that nasty harsh aftertaste of liquorice candy, it is more subtle and warm. I've been making hot chai lattes these last few days, they are perfect for these chilly nights. Use the link above and make with hot instead of cold milk. The spices are warm and comforting, the milk sends you softly to the land of nod.
So I am bringing the winning combination to breakfast time with these delicious soft prunes with spicy juices. Amazing with natural yogurt as an anytime snack. I ate it with overnight porridge this morning, recipe to follow!
350g pitted prunes
25g caster sugar
2 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 vanilla pod split
1. Put sugar and 275ml water in a saucepan and melt over a gently heat. Add the spices. Bring to the boil and tip in the prunes. Simmer gently for 5 minutes.
2. Remove from the heat and allow to cool in the juice.
3. These will keep in the fridge in a lunchbox for 3 weeks.