Stars and Oranges in Snowy Ice is a refreshing light granita dessert with oranges and star anise.
Have you ever had a numb tongue after eating black licorice candy?
Star anise (Chinese herb) contains a product called "anethole" and it is an aromatic compound that gives anise its licorice flavor and numbs your tongue. I think this Star and Orange in Snowy Ice dessert will enlighten you with its sweet taste, cool sensation, and it actually makes your tongue tingle. This dessert gave me a feeling of euphoria. Of course you should not take my word for it, but please give it a try. Let me know what you think.
Stars and Oranges in Snowy Ice an easy Frozen Dessert
I enjoyed the most lovely tea the other day flavored with orange peel and anise and then the most inspiring thought came upon me. If these flavors taste this wonderful in a hot warming tea, I wonder how these flavors would be in a cool ice lolly? Oranges are in full season and plentiful at all of the markets. I live in Asia for heaven's sake, where Asian spices are overflowing everywhere. My goodness, what have I been waiting for? Let's make a delicious Stars and Oranges in Snowy Ice.
I began foraging through my kitchen looking for the plastic ice lolly molds to no avail. (I swear I must have gremlins where do things disappear to?) So once again plan B, a Stars and Oranges Snowy Ice Granita.
February is Heart Awareness month. This is a wonderful low-fat heart healthy dessert to fill your craving for something sweet without all of the guilt.
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Stars and Oranges in Snowy Ice
- 2 cups water
- ½ cups granulated Sugar (or can use agave syrup or artificial sweetener as desired)- please note you may need to adjust sweetener to the sweetness or tartness of the types of oranges used. I know that most simple syrups call for 1 part sugar to 1 part water. However now living in Asia, I no longer like my desserts too sweet so please adjust to your liking)
- 4-5 whole star anise
- 10 oz orange juice
from 5 fresh oranges or can use orange juice
- In a small sauce pan add water, whole anise cloves and sugar and bring to a boil and stir just until the sugar dissolves. Set aside and let cool.
- Cut up peeled oranges into quarters and put into the blender to puree and juice. (If you do not have a blender then just squeeze out the juice)
- Place the orange puree through a strainer to gather all the juices.
- Add the orange juice to the cooled star anise sugar solution into a Tupperware container with a lid and put into freezer.
- Every ½ to 1 hour scape the granita mixture with a fork to make snowy orange anise ice flakes. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
- Scrape your fork to make ice shavings and serve in a martini glass. Enjoy the sweet, numbing euphoria!