Pimms & Star Anise Stewed Plums and Cherries with Amaretti Biscuits

Christmas in summer poses a challenge and an awkward one at that. Despite the weather, we're almost attuned to think of and crave Christmas and holiday desserts that are rich, warm, comforting. For this holiday dessert, I used stone fruit, poached in Pimms (usually enjoyed cold in tall glasses with cucumber) and aniseed and some still fresh, layered with aniseed infused fresh cream and a few broken amaretti biscuits.You could call this a deconstructed summer Christmas pudding.