This is another recipe by Marian Blazes posted here for the ZWT-7 Tour of South/Central America. You will not be able to resist these sweet little aniseed breads when they are fresh out of the oven. They are rolled into olive-like spirals and baked. Typically they are served with a meal, or as a midmorning snack with coffee.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place aniseed in a pot with the water and bring to boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let cool to lukewarm.
- Add the yeast, aniseed water including the seeds and sugar to the bowl of standing mixer and let rest 5 minutes. Then add the flour, the shortening or butter and the salt and mix on low speed with the dough hook attachment until well blended.
- Slowly add the bread flour and continue to knead. Knead dough for about 5 minutes, (you can also knead it by hand if you prefer) until it is smooth and elastic and pulls away smoothly from the sides of the bowl.
- If the dough seems sticky you may add a couple more tablespoons flour .
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and let rise for one hour.
- Punch down the dough and separate it into golfball size pieces (about 35 grams). Roll each piece into a ball, cover balls with plastic wrap and let rest for 5 minutes.
- Flatten each ball into an slighly oval shape, about 3 inches wide and 4-5 inches long, using a rolling pin if necessary. Starting at one end of the oval, roll dough up into a spiral. Place seam side down on a baking sheet.
- Mix 1 egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush tops and sides of rolls with egg mixture. Let rolls rise in a warm place for a half hour.
- Bake rolls for 12 - 25 minutes, at 375 degrees until they are golden brown.
- They may be served warm or at room temperature.
Bread was awesome! It was my first attempt at making bread and it turned out very well. I didn't really make them into traditional roles...more like crazy shapes (hearts, pretzels, mickey's face, snowman). Even the crazy shapes came out tasty. I followed the recipe completely but found that I didn't really need all the bread flour...only used about two cups.
I also didn't use a mixing machine - kneaded it by hand (most exhausting part of the whole process) and then separated and shaped dough. I also added a sprinkling of more anise seeds to make it look pretty. Turned out great and everyone in my family ate some with coffee tonight. I highly recommend! :)
Seriously, we couldn't get enough of this! I used the bread machine to mix and knead. I made small 2 bite size rolls (it made about 32-34 of them) and the 4 people at the table scarfed most of them with the chicken soup. The ones that remained were gone by bedtime. The anise is a perfect amount, it's certainly present but not over strong. Mt best advice is to make a lot. :D
We really liked the bread. The anise flavor was a nice note rather than being overpowering. I thought this shape was cute, but do want to try it as a hoagie roll for turkey sandwiches. Thank you for sharing the recipe! :-) Made for ZWT7.