How to make Anisgrisar (Swedish Aniseed Pigs)

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Jan. 08, 2014

Hi there folks! Welcome back to FiveEuroFood. Just in time for Christmas 2013, I'll be sharing with you today a recipe for Swedish anisgrisar - or "aniseed pigs" as they might be called in English. This is a dough recipe, slightly sweetened and flavoured with anise, before being fried and rolled in sugar, a bit like a doughnut. They're a common Christmas-time treat in Sweden and I hope you'll enjoy them.


Butter 100 Gram
Milk 500 Milliliter
Caster sugar 100 Gram
Anise seeds 2 Tablespoon
Plain flour 850 Gram
Quick rise yeast 12 Gram
Salt 2 Teaspoon
Other ingredients
Canola oil 500 Milliliter (For deep frying)
Caster sugar 100 Gram (for dusting)
Flour 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , divided (For dusting)



1. In a large pan, melt the butter and add in the milk, sugar, and the anise seeds. Heat the milk through stirring gently until quite warm, but not too hot.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and yeast. Pour in the milk mixture. Mix well to form dough and then turn out onto a floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes and then place into a bowl.

3. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise for about one hour.

4. Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two halves.

5. Roll out one half to a thickness of about 1cm and cut the dough into rectangles of roughly 6cm x 3cm. Make two cuts of about 1.5cm into one of the long sides of the rectangle, spaced evenly apart, and then bend the uncut side backwards to spread out the "legs".

6. Repeat until all the dough has been prepared in this fashion. Cover the cut dough and allow to rise for about 30 minutes.

7. In a pan, heat the oil until it reaches a temperature of about 160 degrees Celsius. Carefully fry the risen dough 4 or 5 pieces at a time for a minute or two on each side until a rich golden brown.

8. Remove and allow to drain on kitchen towel for a few minutes.

9. Roll it into the cater sugar.


10. Serve with black tea or coffee.


"Anisgrisar" freeze very well. If you intend on freezing them do not cover them with sugar. Freeze them as soon as they have cooled after frying. When you decide to eat them, simply defrost, warm slightly and then coat with sugar.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 15

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 368Calories from Fat 96

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 11 g16.9%

Saturated Fat 4 g20%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 273 mg11.38%

Total Carbohydrates 62 g20.7%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 15 g

Protein 5 g10%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet