Star Anise Milk

February 6, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Star anise, a licorice-flavored spice from Southeast Asia, is thought to be beneficial for digestion (reduces bloating, stomach pain, and, um, flatulence), which makes this a nice accompaniment to a morning plate of bread and cheese. Try it—it's delicious!

This recipe comes from my cookbook Dutch Feast.

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Emily Wight

Makes: 2 small servings, or 1 full mug


  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 2 whole star anise
In This Recipe


  1. In a pot on medium heat, warm milk, molasses, and star anise until mixture just comes to a boil, about 7 minutes, whisking constantly. If the milk becomes frothy and attempts to boil over, remove from heat. Pour into teacups or a mug and serve hot.

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