CHINESE FIVE SPICE POWDER

CHINESE FIVE SPICE POWDER (about ¼ cup)

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1 tablespoon Szechwan peppercorns

8 star anise

6 cloves

a 1-½ inch piece cinnamon stick, crushed coarse

1 tablespoon fennel seeds


1. In a jelly-roll pan combine the Szechwan peppercorns, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and fennel seeds and toast the mixture in a preheated 250* oven for 20 minutes, and let it cool to room temperature. In an electric spice or coffee grinder pulverize the mixture and strain it through a sieve into a bowl. The Chinese five spice powder keeps in a tightly sealed jar in a cool dark place for up to 6 months. Use it to season poultry and meats.

from The Best of Gourmet, 1989

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