St. Joseph's Bread
|Flour||3 Cup (48 tbs)|
|Active dry yeast||1⁄2 Tablespoon|
|Hot water||2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs) (120-130F)|
|Unsalted butter||2 Tablespoon|
|Cornmeal||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
1 Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, yeast, honey, hot water, salt, butter, and aniseeds in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add raisins.
2 Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
3 Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
4 Place in greased bowl, turning to coat top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double€”about 1 hour.
5 Punch down dough. Shape into long loaf. (Tradition says you should point the bread to look like a patriarch's beard.) Grease baking sheet, and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaf on baking sheet. Cut loaf 3 or 4 times diagonally 1/2 inch deep.
6 Cover; let rise in warm place€”about 30 minutes.
7 Spray with water. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven 30 minutes or until done. Spray 3 or 4 times during baking.
8 Cool on wire rack.