Italian Christmas Bread with Eggnog Glaze

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My husband fondly recalls the Anise Bread that his Italian grandmother used to make during the holidays. She evidently never had a recipe (and never used a bread machine!) so this is what I came up with for a quick, special Christmas bread. This rich bread has a wonderful aroma while baking.

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 2-pound loaf

Ingredients

For the Bread:

  • ½ cup hazelnuts

  • 1 cup eggnog, plus

  • 1 tablespoon eggnog

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 3 cups bread flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant yeast

  • 2 tablespoons anise seed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon eggnog

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Spread hazelnuts evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer the nuts to a bowl, and let them cool.

  3. Place the eggnog, sugar, salt, butter, egg, egg yolk, bread flour, yeast, anise seed, and cinnamon into the bread machine. Program the machine for a basic cycle with the crust as "medium." Press start. Do not use the delay timer.

  4. Place the cooled toasted hazelnuts into the machine between Knead Cycle 1 and Knead Cycle 2. When the baking cycle ends, immediately remove the bread from the pan and allow it to cool on a rack.

  5. Prepare the glaze by combining the confectioners' sugar and eggnog in a bowl; mix well. It should be a drizzling consistency. Drizzle the glaze on the cooled bread before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

195 Calories
7g Fat
28g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 195
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 103mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 110mg 2%

* 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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