Mary Silva Recipe

Italian Anise Easter Bread

By Mary Silva marleyjune


Recipe Rating:
Serves:
Will make 2 Loaves
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Bake
109 Comments:

Mary's Story

This recipe is from my dear Aunt who is 95 years old. She used to make about 40 loaves. Then every Easter morning would personally deliver them to everyone in the family before Church. This is great out of the oven or toasted with butter.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Subtlety sweet... tastes like Easter!

Ingredients

2 pkg
active dry yeast
1/2 c
warm water
1/2 c
warm milk
1 c
butter
4
eggs
3/4 c
sugar
1 tsp
salt
1 1/2 Tbsp
anise seeds
6-7 c
all purpose flour

Directions 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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian


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109 Comments

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Carol Harpel Kitzer
Sep 11, 2014
Pat - Can you answer my question about the eggs?
Is it 4 eggs 'plus' 1 for the wash??
And your thoughts about the Anise seed whole or crushed!!
Now that 'cold' is seeping into Minnesota, a fresh hot loaf of bread sounds wonderful!!
Kitzer
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Sep 11, 2014 - Pat Duran shared this recipe with discussion group: Kitchen Chatter Recipes
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Carol Harpel Kitzer
Apr 17, 2014
Mary - Is it 4 eggs PLUS 1 for the wash???
And, do you prefer the Anise seed whole or crushed???
Thanks!
Kitzer
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Cathy Bory DeerParkMamma
Apr 17, 2014
...and is it salted or unsalted butter? Thanks!
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Cathy Bory DeerParkMamma
Apr 17, 2014
Love baking break and I can't wait to try this! One question: (sorry, I didn't scroll back to see if anyone else asked already). One cup of butter? Melted, softened, grated? Thanks!