Fennel Seed and Orange Peel Bread

My son and daughter, both professional chefs, love the taste of fennel. They always insist that I make my fennel seed and orange peel bread when they come to visit. A bread machine will make the kneading easier, but it is not necessary. I have never used the bread machine to mix this one, as it is big enough for two loaves, and thus won't fit in my small bread maker. Hand touched is always nicer anyway. The loaves can also be braided for a nice touch.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
2 loaves


  • 2 cups milk, scalded

  • cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • ½ cup warm water (100 degrees F (38 degrees C))

  • 7 ½ cups unsifted white bread flour, divided

  • 1 ½ teaspoons grated orange zest

  • 1 ½ teaspoons crushed fennel seeds

  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm

  • 1 egg white, slightly beaten


  1. Pour scalded milk over honey, maple syrup, and salt in a large bowl. Let cool to lukewarm, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Soften yeast in warm water in a bowl until frothy, about 5 minutes. Combine with milk mixture. Beat in 2 cups flour, orange zest, and fennel seeds using an electric mixer. Blend in butter. Stir in 5 cups flour to make a soft dough.

  3. Sprinkle last 1/2 cup flour on a board; turn dough onto floured board and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl; turn dough over to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

  4. Punch dough down and divide in half. Shape loaves. Place in 2 lightly greased bread pans. Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Brush tops of loaves with egg white.

  6. Bake loaves in the preheated oven until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
3g Fat
34g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 91mg 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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