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Lambropsomo Buns are anise flavored dessert buns that can be served as snacks too. Made with orange peels and raised with yeast, the Lambropsomo buns are baked with egg, flour, sugar, milk and butter. I often braid them or twist them to form interesting patterns.
  All purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon (1 Package)
  Milk 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Water 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  Finely shredded orange peel 1 Teaspoon
  Aniseed 1 Teaspoon, crushed
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Egg 1
  Egg white 1 , slightly beaten
  Eggs 8 Small, hard-cooked and dyed in pastel colors

In a small mixer bowl combine 1 cup of the flour and the yeast.
In a small saucepan heat milk, water, sugar, butter or margarine, orange peel, aniseed, and salt just till warm (115° to 120°) and butter is almost melted, stirring constantly.
Add to flour mixture; add the 1 egg.
Beat on low speed of an electric mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl.
Beat on high speed for 3 minutes.
Using a spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total).
Shape into a ball.
Place in lightly greased bowl; turn once.
Cover; let rise in warm place till double (about 1 hour).
Punch down; divide in half.
Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Divide each half into four portions.
Shape each dough portion into a braided ring or a twist roll to make eight rolls total.
For a braided ring, divide one piece of dough into thirds.
Roll each third into a 12 inch rope; braid and seal ends.
Shape into a ring.
Pull center of ring to form a hole.
Place crumpled foil, the size of an egg, in hole.
For twist rolls, roll each piece of dough into a 12 inch rope.
Tie the rope into a loose knot and twist ends together to seal.
Pull center of ring to make a hole.
Place crumpled foil, the size of an egg, in hole.
Place on greased baking sheets.
Cover; let rise in warm place till nearly double (35 to 45 minutes).
Brush with beaten egg white.
Bake in a 375° oven about 15 minutes or till done.
Cool on wire racks.
Remove foil.

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