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Lychees in Scented Syrup

Updated February 23, 2016

Look for fresh lychees in Asian markets during their spring season, although you may find imported lychees in late winter.

Nutritional Benefits: low fat.

Freezing Information:freeze for up to 2 months; thaw at room temperature for 2–3 hours.Prepare ahead:

Can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Good with vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream.

4 servings

Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 mins

Cooking Time10 min

Cooking Time - Text10

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, low-fat

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealdinner, lunch

Moodromantic

Taste and Texturespiced, sweet

Type of Dishfruit

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup demerara or turbinado sugar
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 lb 5oz (600g) lychees
  • 2 pieces of stem ginger in syrup, chopped

Instructions

Bring 2/3 cup water, the sugar, lime juice, and star anise to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat to high and boil for 7 minutes, until syrupy. Let cool.

Meanwhile, peel the lychees and remove the pits, if desired. Place in a serving bowl. Add the ginger and its syrup.

Pour the syrup over the lychees. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, until well chilled. The star anise can be served with the lychees as a decoration, but it cannot be eaten.

Variation

Strawberries in Scented Syrup

Substitute quartered or halved strawberries for the lychees.

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