Going 2 & 5. What in the world?!
Health critics are arguing that we don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables as per our daily requirement and have encouraged to take 2 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables.
Let’s pretend like we didn’t read the last part and concentrate on ‘Fruits’. Sounds easier to the eyes , right ?! 😉
As much as I love baking, there are times, where I like to entertain with fresh, simple, throw -it -altogether desserts .Let’s be real here , after preparing entrees and mains the last thing I want to do is spend time in preparing a quality dessert to compliment the food.
Fresh fruits have always come to my rescue and have never disappointed in delivering a quality dessert.And for a decadent dessert I always try to pair exoctic /tropical fruits with a bright summery syrup like this star anise and cardamon syrup . This simple-spiced syrup with liquorice notes is the one that brings out the flavour of the fruits and is sort of a marinade and trust me, it only gets better, as it sits.
Preparation 30 mins
1 big star fruit sliced thinly (carambola)
1/2 small paw paw /papaya
1/2 small rock melon/honeydew melon
10 cherries, seeded.
1 Medium mango
2 kiwi fruits, sliced .
Vanilla Ice cream
Star Anise and Cardamom Syrup
1 cup (220 gms) caster sugar
1/2 cup water
4 star Aniseed
3 cardamom pods bruised
Juice of 1 lime
1.Peel and cut the fruits into small pieces .
2.Combine , star anise , bruised cardamom pods , water, sugar and lime juice in a medium saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves .Increase the heat and bring the syrup to a slight boil ,until it reaches the consistency of a thick syrup , remove from heat allow it to cool completely .
3.Arrange the fruits in a serving bowl and strain and drizzle the syrup and allow to macerate in the fridge or 30 mins . Serve with a Scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Additional Notes :
- Syrup can be made 1 week ahead and stored in in a clean crew top jar in the refrigerator.
- This syrup will go well with others fruits like , apples , strawberries , pineapple,pear , grape fruits, blood oranges etc.