Summer Fruit Salad with Exotic Star Anise and Cardamom Syrup


Going 2 & 5.  What in the world?!

Summer Fruit Salad with Exotic Star Anise and Cardamom SyrupHealth 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 ?! 😉

Summer Fruit Salad with Exotic Star Anise and Cardamom Syrup

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.

Summer Fruit Salad with Exotic Star Anise and Cardamom Syrup

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.

Summer Fruit Salad with Exotic Star Anise and Cardamom Syrup

Serves 6

Preparation 30 mins 

Ingredients 

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

Directions :

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.

Summer Fruit Salad with Exotic Star Anise and Cardamom SyrupSummer Fruit Salad with Exotic Star Anise and Cardamom Syrup

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