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Classic Easter Twist

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This Easter Twist is a delightful offbeat Easter bread. Try this orangey bread spiced with cinnamon and with adequate sprinkling of sliced almond for your Easter Party. Tell me if your friends liked this Easter Twist.
Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Warm water 6 Tablespoon (1/4 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons, 105°- 115°F)
  Anise liqueur 1 Tablespoon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Aniseeds 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Grated orange peel 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Milk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Unsalted butter 3 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Egg 1
  Sliced almonds 3 Tablespoon
  Egg yolk 1
  Coarsely chopped almonds 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

1 Dissolve yeast in 2 tablespoons warm water. Set aside for 5 minutes. Heat 1/4 cup water, liqueur, cinnamon, aniseeds, and orange peel to warm (105°-115°F).
2 In another saucepan, heat milk, butter, salt, and sugar to warm (105°-115°F).
3 Combine 1 cup flour, yeast mixture, spice mixture, milk mixture, and egg in bowl. Mix thoroughly.
4 Add sliced almonds and enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth€”about 10 minutes.
5 Punch down dough. Divide dough in half; roll into 2 equal-size ropes. Twist loosely.
6 Place on greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise until almost double€” about 30 minutes.
7 Brush loaf with egg yolk. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven 40€”55 minutes or until done. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday, Party

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