Italian Anise Bread
Ingredients10 h servings 448
- Combine flour, sugar, and anise seed together in a very large bowl; create a well in the center.
- Mix warm water and yeast together in a bowl. Let stand until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam, about 10 minutes.
- Beat warm milk, eggs, and butter together in a bowl; stir into yeast mixture. Add milk mixture to the well in the flour mixture. Knead flour-milk mixture using your hands until dough and your hands are no longer sticky. Cover dough with a clean cotton cloth and let rise, 8 hours to overnight.
- Grease and flour 6 loaf pans.
- Punch dough down and divide into 6 portions. Mold each portion into a round shape and place each in a prepared pan. Cover pans and let rise for 1 hour more.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Bake in the preheated oven until bread is cooked through, 45 to 50 minutes.
- Cook's Note:
- This recipe is traditionally made in the spring with low humidity.
- My grandmother used to cover the dough with light winter coats/blankets to create extra warmth, but not heavy enough to weigh down on rising dough.
- Grease and flour 6 pans. I've used everything from 9-inch round pans to standard bread pans. You need 6, so you'll need to get creative!
Per Serving: 448 calories; 8.1 81.4 11.9 89 73 Full nutrition
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Great taste! Easy to make, even if the rising of the yeast dough takes a while! I brushed butter on top[ as soon as this bread came out of the oven. Wonderful recipe!
I loved this recipe! Tasted just like my grandmothers! Since I am not a lover of Anise flavouring, I eliminated the Anise seeds, And substituted with a half teaspoon of vanilla extract and a hal...