Serves 6
Photo: Thomas J. Story

How to Make It

Step 1

Toast anise seeds in a small frying pan over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a spice grinder and coarsely grind.

Step 2

In a soup pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and anise seeds and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 7 to 10 minutes. Add carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Pour in stock, bring to a simmer, and cook until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 3

In batches, purée soup in a blender until very smooth, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Strain purée through a fine-mesh strainer into a pot and season with salt and pepper. Place over medium heat, stir in cream, and heat until hot. Stir in 4 tbsp. liqueur; season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

In a bowl, stir together crème fraîche and remaining 1 tbsp. liqueur; season with salt. Ladle soup into warmed bowls. Drizzle with crème fraîche and sprinkle with chives.

Chef's Notes

Soup will be Gluten-Free when made with gluten-free stock.

Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food (Oxmoor House 2015).

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