Italian Easter Bread (Anise Flavored)

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Growing up, this was the best treat of Easter morning (and still is)! One bite of this light, fluffy, sweet bread and you're twelve years old again! Bakery quality in two hours. Try this South Philly Italian tradition and keep the heritage alive...Buona Pasqua a Tutti!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 loaf

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package rapid rise yeast

  • cup milk

  • 1 teaspoon anise extract

  • 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • ½ tablespoon colored candy decorating dragees, or as desired

Directions

  1. Mix 1 cup of flour with sugar, salt, and yeast in a bowl, stir well. Place milk and anise extract into a small saucepan over low heat, and warm to about 110 degrees F (43 degrees C). Make a well in the center of the flour mixture with your hand, and pour in the milk mixture; swirl with your hand in a circular motion to combine the flour mixture with the milk mixture. Mix in butter and eggs, one at a time, then mix in remaining flour until dough begins to pull together.

  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and knead until soft but elastic, about 8 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth, and let dough rest for 10 minutes; cut dough into halves.

  3. On floured work surface, roll each half into a ball, then shape the balls into 2 long pieces, about 1 1/2 inches thick and 18 to 20 inches long. Pinch the 2 top ends together, and loosely twist the pieces to form a twisted loaf; pinch the bottom ends together, and tuck the two ends underneath the loaf. (Alternately, form the twist into a ring, and pinch the ends together.)

  4. Grease a baking sheet, lay the loaf onto the prepared sheet, and cover with a damp towel; let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Brush loaf with beaten egg, and sprinkle with colored decorating dragees.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake the decorated loaf in the preheated oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Watch closely towards the end of the baking time that the bread does not begin to burn. Transfer to wire rack immediately after baking to cool.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

212 Calories
5g Fat
35g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 212
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 288mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 7g
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 100mg 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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