Sweet Star Anise Syrup on Vegan Waffles
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Sweet Star Anise Vegan Waffle Syrup

This waffle syrup is quite sweet, with a hint of vanilla to accompany the anise. It’s best served warm, but as it cools it thickens and forms a glaze, making the waffle reminiscent of a sweet doughnut. Makes about 1 cup.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Dave W.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground star anise (about 3 stars of anise)
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Grind 3 stars of anise in a coffee or spice grinder, as finely as possible (see note).
  • Combine the sugar, margarine, water, and anise in a small saucepan.
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until margarine is fully melted.
  • Reduce heat to simmer, and stir constantly for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and add vanilla.
  • Drizzle onto your favorite waffle, and enjoy!

Notes

You may still feel occasional tiny pieces of anise, even after the cooking softens it. I didn’t think this was a big deal, but opinions may vary on that. If you prefer, as a substitution you could start with ½ teaspoon of anise extract, added after heating the rest of the mixture, and increase in ¼ teaspoon increments until the anise flavor is the desired strength for you.