This is a light and refreshing alternative to the usual heavy winter puddings. It is a very good accompaniment to desserts, especially paired with a rich dark chocolate sweet. But I like it on its own, perhaps with a nice homemade shortbread or biscotti.
Pear and star anise is a classic combination and complement each other very well. William or Comice pears are the most suitable to use.
- Place the sugar, water and star anise into a pan, dissolve the sugar, and gently bring to the boil.
- Peel and core the pears, cut into chunks, and add to the syrup with the lemon juice.
- Lower the heat and simmer until the pears are soft (about 15 mins).
- Strain the pears, reserving the liquid.
- Remove the star anise and place the pears into a liquidiser and blend until smooth, adding the reserved syrup as you go.
- Pass through a sieve and chill very well.
- Churn in an ice cream machine and serve.
You will need:
- 6-8 ripe Willams or Comice pears
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 8 star anise
- 250g castor sugar
- 250ml water