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Anise Seed Rolls

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"This is one of my favorite roll recipes. Everyone gets excited when I tell them I'm making these for Thanksgiving. They are sweet and have just the slightest hint of anise. They're definitely worth the work, and I hope you love these as much as my family does!"
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3 h 10 m servings 168
Original recipe yields 36 servings (36 rolls)


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  1. Pour the milk into a pan, and heat just until bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm (110 degrees F/45 degrees C).
  2. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup lukewarm (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) water. Allow to rest 5 minutes.
  3. Beat the shortening with the sugar, eggs, salt, and anise seeds in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the milk and yeast mixture. Gradually mix in the flour, stirring to make a soft dough (dough should not be sticky). Add more flour if needed. Cover bowl with a clean cloth, and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets. Punch down dough, divide into two pieces, and roll out each piece into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough into 8x1 inch strips. Twist each strip into a simple knot, and place on prepared baking sheet. Cover with a clean cloth, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  6. Pour 1 quart water into a pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Dip each roll quickly into the boiling water, and return to baking sheet.
  7. Bake rolls in preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 168 calories; 4.6 27.6 3.8 11 76 Full nutrition

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I also didn't dip the rolls into boiling water and I made them simple round rolls. Turned out great!

Four stars only because i was afraid to do the dipping in the hot water. They are so tender when they have risen and i was afraid i would deflate them. I baked them anyway and they were wonder...

I used all whole wheat flour, changed the sugar to 2/3 cup of honey, changed the shortening to oil, and upped the anise seeds to 4 tsp. All of this is due to family preference. What a delightf...

I skipped the boiled water dipping and brushed with a yolk wash then pushed brown sugar ontop and the result was amazing. They all disappeared immeadiately and everyone came back for seconds!

Pretty good