Greek New Year's Bread
|All purpose flour||6 Cup (96 tbs)|
|Active dry yeast||1⁄2 Ounce (2 Packages)|
|Grated lemon peel||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Aniseed powder||1 Teaspoon|
|Milk||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Sugar||1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)|
|Egg yolk||1 , beaten|
|Sesame seed||2 Tablespoon|
In large mixer bowl combine 2 cups of the flour, yeast, peel, and aniseed.
Heat milk, butter, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt till warm (115-120°), stirring constantly to melt butter.
Add to dry mixture; add the 3 eggs.
Beat at low speed with mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl.
Beat 3 minutes at high speed.
By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough.
Knead on lightly floured surface till smooth and elastic (8 to 10 minutes).
Shape into ball.
Place in greased bowl; turn once.
Cover; let rise till double (1 to 1 1/2 hours).
Punch down; divide in thirds.
Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Shape two parts in flat, 8-inch round loaves.
Place in two greased 9x1 1/2-inch round baking pans.
Divide third part in half; shape into two 18-inch strands.
Twist each like a rope and seal ends to form two circles; place one atop each loaf.
Combine yolk and 1 tablespoon water; brush on loaves.
Sprinkle with sesame seed.
Let rise till double (30 to 45 minutes).
Bake at 375° about 25 minutes.