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I can't believe I made this bread. It's not something I would normally pick, since I don't particularly care for the licorice taste of anise. That being said, my DS was to get extra credit in his Spanish II class if he brought some of the bread for the Day of the Dead celebration. (sigh- I wonder why the parent has to do the work to get the child the extra credit) No, there was no way I was turning my son loose in my kitchen with flour, yeast and the oven. Are you kidding? This dough performed beautifully; I don't think I've ever had a dough that cooperated better, so satiny smooth. The rising of the bread was also perfect. The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is for those darn little anise seeds, that I just don't like. I made 3 round loaves with this and dusted them liberally with powdered sugar right as they came out of the oven. I'm sorry to say I skipped the "bone" dough pieces, because I just couldn't get them to form properly to my satisfaction. (And yes, my son got the extra credit points). :)
Mmmmm, so good with some orangey glaze smothered on the top of it! i halved this recipe and mixed 1/4 cup powdered sugar with 1/4 cup juice(orange mango) and boiled for 2 min, it was delish on the bread!!! mine was finished cooking after 30 min.