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    Warm clementines with spiced tea syrup

    I love to infuse syrups with different flavours. This one can also be served chilled, with cold clementines, a spoonful of greek yogurt and some pistachios.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 12 minutes, plus steeping time
    • Total time: 22 minutes, plus steeping time 25 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    • 4 Clementines
    • 20g Salted butter
    • 60g Walnut pieces, lightly bashed
    • 2 tbsp Pomegranate arils (seeds)
    • Syrup
    • 150g Golden caster sugar
    • 4 Green cardamom pods, cracked
    • 1 Brown cardamom pop, cracked
    • 4 Cloves
    • ½ tsp Fennel seeds
    • 1 Cinnamon stick
    • 1 Star anise
    • ½ tsp Ground ginger
    • 2 tbsp Black tea leaves

    Method

    1. Heat the sugar in a pan with 300ml water over a low heat; add the cardamom pods, cloves, fennel seeds, cinnamon stick and star anise. Stir occasionally to help the sugar dissolve.
    2. When the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat and boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Switch off the heat, allow to cool for 1 minute, then stir in the ground ginger.
    3. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain, reserving the spices, and add the tea leaves. Steep for another 5 minutes; strain again, discarding the tea. Return the spices to the liquid and leave at room temperature to cool down slightly.
    4. Peel the clementines, removing all the pith with a knife, and slice into rounds. Very gently melt the butter in a large, non-stick frying pan over a low heat. Add the clementine slices in single-layer batches and heat for about 20 seconds on each side. Lift out and place on warm serving dishes.
    5. Add the walnut pieces to the pan and turn up the heat slightly to toast a little.
    6. Drizzle some of the warm syrup over the clementines and scatter over some walnuts and the pomegranate arils. You can keep any leftover syrup in the fridge and use it cold or reheated.

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    Drinks recommendation

    To make an unusual, aromatic cocktail, splash some cooled syrup into a champagne flute and top up with fizz. Waitrose Blancs de Blancs NV Champagne, France. Bin 83818; £21.99.

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