Italian Anise Easter Bread

Recipe by Demandy
READY IN: 9hrs
SERVES: 60
YIELD: 5-6 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • In mixer bowl beat eggs. Add sugar, butter, crisco, oil, milk, and vanilla.
  • Dissolve yeast in the warm water. You may want to use a thermometer to be sure the temperature is correct. Let yeast sit until it foams, as in package directions. Add to egg mixture. Add anise.
  • Add flour one cup at a time until mixture is unmanageable. Transfer into LARGE pan (Dishpan works well.) and work in remaining flour, kneading with hands.
  • Knead until you are too tired to knead any more (half hour?) and then oil top of dough ball, cover, and let rise in warm place 6 hours or overnight.
  • Grease 6 loaf pans. Separate dough into 6 parts and knead each again. Cover with towels and let rise in warm place another couple of hours.
  • Bake 1 hour at 275 degrees. Do not underbake or they will be hard as a rock. (Top should be lightly browned.).
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