Italian Anise Easter Bread
By Mary Silva marleyjune
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.
active dry yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp
all purpose flour
1In a large bowl dissolve yeast in water, let bubble.
2Then blend all other ingredients in yeast water mixture, gradually add in flour.
3Knead dough 5-10 minutes. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for 5 hours.
4Punch down after first rise, shape and place in greased loaf pans. Cover again with plastic wrap and let rise 2 more hours.
5Mix one egg with 1 tablespoon of milk or water and brush tops of loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
6NOTE: 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.