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Anise Bread

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Ingredients
  Active dry yeast 1 (1 Package)
  Warm water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (About 110 Degrees Fahrenheit)
  Warm milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (About 110 Degrees Fahrenheit)
  Sugar 2 Tablespoon
  Anise seeds 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Butter 1⁄4 Pound, melted and cooled (1/2 Cup)
  Eggs 2
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  All-purpose flour 5 Cup (80 tbs), unsifted
  Firmly packed brown sugar 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), mixed with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sugar glaze 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water.
Add milk, sugar, anise seeds, 3 tablespoons of the butter, eggs, salt, and 1 1/2 cups of the flour.
Beat for about 5 minutes, then gradually beat in about 2 1/2 cups more flour to make a soft dough.
Turn dough out onto floured board; knead until smooth and satiny (5 to 20 minutes), adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.
Turn dough over in a greased bowl; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).
Punch dough down, knead briefly on lightly floured board to release air, and roll out into a 12 by 22-inch rectangle.
Brush remaining 5 tablespoons butter over dough to within 1/2 inch of edges.
Sprinkle brown sugar-cinnamon mixture evenly over butter.
Starting with a wide side, roll up tightly jelly-roll fashion, pinching edge to seal.
Being careful not to stretch roll, place it seam side down in a greased 10-inch tube pan; pinch ends together to close circle.
With a razor blade or sharp floured knife, make 7 evenly spaced slashes, 1/2 inch deep, on top.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled (about 45 minutes).
Bake in a 350° oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool in pan 5 minutes; then turn out on rack.
While still warm, spoon on sugar glaze, letting it drizzle down sides.
(If made ahead, let bread cool completely and freeze; glaze after reheating.)

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Side Dish
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Interest: 
Holiday

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