Moroccan Anise Bread
Anise is a licorice flavoring, so you'll want to keep this in mind when making this bread. Because, although some of the flavoring tempers during baking, the bread will still have a licorice flavor. It's somewhat of a dense bread, perhaps could even be described as heavy, but the sesame seeds add a nice finish to the bread. It's a really good bread though.
1 Tbspactive dry yeast
1 1/3 cwarm water
1 tsphoney or granulated sugar
1 Tbspvegetable oil
2 1/2 tspanise seeds
4 call-purpose flour, unbleached
1 largeegg white
3 Tbspsesame seeds
How to Make Moroccan Anise Bread
- Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of the water. Add the honey (or sugar) and let stand until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add the remaining water, oil, anise, salt, and 2 cups of the flour to a large bowl. Gradually stir in the remaining flour until the mixture holds together.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover loosely with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until double in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Punch down the dough and divide in half. Shape each piece into a ball, cover, and let rest for about 10 minutes.
- Sprinkle a large baking sheet with cornmeal or fine semolina (or you can grease the baking sheet). Flatten each dough ball into a 6-inch round. Some cooks flute the outer edge, others leave it plain; it's your choice. Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheet, cover, and let.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Pierce the dough around the sides with the tines of a fork or a toothpick. Beat egg whites with water, and brush the tops of the loaves with the egg white mixture. Then lightly sprinkle the top of the loaf with the sesame seeds.
- Bake at 375° until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.