Italian Anise Easter Bread



  • 2 pkgactive dry yeast
  • 1/2 cwarm water
  • 1/2 cwarm milk
  • 1 csoftened butter
  • 4eggs
  • 3/4 csugar
  • 1 tspsalt
  • 1 1/2 Tbspwhole anise seeds
  • 6-7 call purpose flour
  • 1egg for wash

Step By Step:

  1. In a large bowl dissolve yeast in water, let bubble.
  2. Then blend all other ingredients in yeast water mixture, gradually add in flour.
  3. Knead dough 5-10 minutes. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 5 hours.
  4. Punch down after first rise, shape and place in greased loaf pans. Cover again with plastic wrap and let rise 2 more hours.
  5. Mix one egg with 1 tablespoon of milk or water and brush tops of loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
  6. NOTE: If you have time, you can let this rise overnight, punch dough down and shape, put in pan and let rise 3 more hours, then bake.

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