Anise Seed Rolls

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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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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
36 rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast

  • 1 quart water, divided

  • cup shortening

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed

Directions

  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)

169 Calories
5g Fat
28g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 76mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 64mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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