Aniseed Braids Recipe

Aniseed Braids Recipe


7 to 7-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons sugar

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

2 tablespoons aniseed

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups fat-free milk

1/2 cup butter, cubed

1/4 cup water

2 eggs

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

How to make it

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, aniseed and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, butter and water to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add 1 egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough (dough will be sticky).

Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each into a 14-in. rope. Place three ropes on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Beat remaining egg; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Yield: 2 loaves (20 slices each).