Just in time for last minute Christmas gifting, this jam was inspired by a dessert that I ate with my son which featured strawberries infused with sweet cicely.
Huh? I know, I didn’t know what it was either, but sweet cicely is a herb with an aniseed flavour.
The flavour combination blew my mind and I knew that I had to recreate it somehow.
There’s no way that I was going to try and replicate that incredibly intricate dessert so I decided to make jam instead.
Did I have sweet cicely? Of course not. So I used some star anise instead.
The result? Sweet, luscious strawberry jam laced with an intriguing hint of aniseed.
Try it yourself and tell me what you think.