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Chinese Six-Spice Blend
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You can often find prepared five-spice blend but making your own is really easy. We like this version with the addition of coriander seed, so it’s technically 6-spice blend! You will find the recipe useful in making the Pumpkin Seeds with Maple on p. 19 of the Winter 2014 GRAZE magazine.
makes approx 1/4 cup


2 whole star anise

2 teaspoons peppercorns 

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon fennel

1 teaspoon coriander seed 

1 cinnamon stick, broken into a few pieces

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  1. In a dry pan over medium heat, toast the anise, peppercorns, cloves, fennel and coriander until fragrant. Swirl the pan gently and toss the seeds occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Allow to cool and then add the toasted spices and cinnamon sticks to a spice grinder. Grind for twenty seconds until a fine powder is formed. If large pieces remain, grind for another 5 - 10 seconds.
  3. Store in an airtight spice container.
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