Willie Said:Is it true that German anise cookies need to be stored for weeks to taste good?
We Answered:That's what my gramma always told me to do with them...but she never could get me to eat those things anyway...blech!
Ken Said:How much does the spice anise cost per pound?
We Answered:anise seed is sold by the bottle or gram in small quantities . anise flavoring is sold as an extract. Check recipe likely only calls for a sprinkle or a tsp. strong licorice flavor often used in cookies , used to be in the centre of candies. Price will depend on quantity and where you purchase and live. Try a bulk food store but determine quantity required. A dollar or two will likely buy sufficient.
Joseph Said:what is a substitute for ground star anise?
We Answered:Ground fennel seed. In terms of flavour, it's about the closest thing you'll find.
Star anise isn't particularly expensive, by the way. You can find it at most Chinese grocers. Its taste is most often compared to black licorice.
Alicia Said:Who has a good recipe for Anise cookies?
We Answered:This is a fantastic Martha Stewart recipe for Anise Drops--the cookies are slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. The recipe calls for a pastry bag, but if you're not concerned with the cookies looking picture perfect, you can scoop the dough into a Ziploc bag, cut off one of the bottom corners, and pipe the dough from the bag.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon anise extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
Put eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed until eggs are fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Gradually beat in the sugar until incorporated, about 3 minutes. Mix in anise extract.
Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture. Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a coupler or a 1/2-inch plain tip (such as an Ateco No. 806). Pipe 1 3/4-inch rounds onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 1/2 inch apart.
Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until tops crack and cookies are very pale, 8 to 9 minutes. Transfer to wire racks using a spatula; let cool. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
Bessie Said:How do you crush Anise Seeds?
We Answered:a small coffee grinder works the best. thats what we use in the professional kitchen.
Milton Said:How can I grind anise seed at home without a spice grinder????????????
We Answered:a coffee grinder is what I use ! works great.
Dawn Said:What is the difference between anise and fennel?
Anise seed info:
They are from the same FAMILY of plants, but they are NOT the same plant. Fennel has its own seeds, different from anise seed.
"Fennel is truly a vegetable and should not be confused with the herb, sweet anise. Even though they share a similar mild sweet licorice flavor, fennel comes from an entirely different plant. "