Mary Silva Recipe

Italian Anise Easter Bread

By Mary Silva marleyjune


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

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.

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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
Collection: Favorite Breads

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110 Comments

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Jina Romano JinaR
Apr 4, 2015
I'm so happy to have this recipe. I've been trying for years to improve the one given to me 25 years ago!! My family loves it. I've made 8 loaves since finding it last weekend.
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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!