moroccan anise bread

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Vickie Parks
from Renton, WA

This is a North African (Moroccan) bread recipe that makes 2 round loaves. 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.

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
serves 12-16 (2 round loaves)
prep time 2 Hr 10 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For moroccan anise bread

  • 1 Tbsp
    active dry yeast
  • 1 1/3 c
    warm water
  • 1 tsp
    honey or granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    anise seeds
  • 2 tsp
  • 4 c
    all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 1 lg
    egg white
  • 3 Tbsp
    sesame seeds

How To Make moroccan anise bread

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    Punch down the dough and divide in half. Shape each piece into a ball, cover, and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  • 5
    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.
  • 6
    Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • 7
    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.
  • 8
    Bake at 375° until golden brown and hollow-sounding when tapped, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.