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Lychees in Scented Syrup

Fresh lychees in syrup lightly scented with ginger, lime, and a hint of star anise are ideal to round off a spicy Oriental meal.

Good with a little single cream, or ice cream.

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  1. 1

    Place the lime zest and juice, sugar, star anise, and 150ml (5fl oz) water in a saucepan and heat, gently stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and boil for 5–10 minutes, or until reduced and syrupy. Remove from the heat.

  2. 2

    Meanwhile, peel the lychees, and remove the stones, if you wish. Place in a serving bowl. Chop the ginger and add to the lychees, with a little of the ginger syrup.

  3. 3

    Strain the cooled sugar syrup through a sieve over the lychees. Allow to cool completely then chill until required. Add the star anise as decoration but do not eat it.


  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 75g caster sugar, golden
  • 1 star anise
  • 600g lychees
  • 2 stem ginger, pieces in syrup

Serves 4

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Recipe published with permission from © Dorling Kindersley Limited. The Cooking Book 2008


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