Five-spice powder is traditionally made of a blend of cassia (cinnamon), star anise, cloves, fennel, and Sichuan pepper. You can buy five-spice powder, but blends and freshness vary, so do try making your own.

Ingredients

  • About 2 tablespoons star anise pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • One 1-inch cassia (cinnamon) stick
  • 2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • Scant ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Method

Combine the star anise, fennel, and cassia in a spice or coffee grinder and grind to a powder. Pick over the Sichuan peppercorns and discard any black seeds. Add the peppercorns to the grinder and grind to a powder.

Transfer to a clean, dry jar, add the ground cloves, and mix, then seal well. Store in a cool, dry place.

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