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Braided Anise seeds Bread (Recipe also in English on OPSD blog) Braided Anise seeds Bread is one of my favorite recipes to bake for Easter but it tastes great all year round, the recipe is so simple and delicious, it looks impressive and tastes amazing but is very easy to make! These braided loaves spiced with anise seeds are perfect for your next pic-nic. Try them matched with assorted cheese, mixed salads, cold cuts and, why not? with all sorts of jams. Take your choice!
  • 500 g of Manitoba flour
  • 80 g of butter
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 250 ml of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 packet of dehydrated yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of anise seeds
  • salt
  • pepper
  • fleur de sel
  1. Mix together the dehydrated yeast and the flour on a pastry board and make a well.
  2. Lightly beat the egg with the lukewarm milk. Add a pinch of salt and the teaspoon of sugar and pour the mixture into the middle of the well.
  3. Fold the flour into the mixture of egg and milk and add the soft butter, diced.
  4. Knead until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Give a round shape to the dough, make two cuts in the shape of a cross - to prevent the crust from bursting during baking - and let it stand into a large flour-dusted bowl until its volume has doubled.
  5. Take back the dough on the pastry board and knead again for some minutes. Add the pepper and the anise seeds.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and form as many small loaves (Ø cm. 3). Fold each loaf in half and twine them together to form a braid.
  7. Put the braided bread on a baking sheet, previously covered with baking paper, to form a ring. Let them rise for 30 mins. at room temperature.
  8. Brush the surface of the bread with the yolk beaten with few water. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and bake for about 25 mins. at 180°C.
Recipe by OPSD Il gustoso food blog at