• Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 4 or 5 loaves
  • Preparation Time: 4 or 5 hours


This is my all time favorite bread to eat, not necessarily make, because ever since my Grandmother passed away it has been a challenge to make every year. I am determined to make it right this year.


  • 5 lbs. of all purpase flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 ounces anise seeds
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 12 large eggs, room temperature
  • 16 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of anise extract
  • 3 cups sugar (add more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1/2 cup butter (or can use butter flavor Crisco)
  • 6 packs Rapid Rise yeast
  • 2 T sugar plus 1/2 cup warm water


  • Mix flour, baking powder, anise seed, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Mix together sugar, orange juice, melted butter or Crisco, and anise extract
  • Spray the side of a large pot with cooking spray.
  • Put dry ingredients in the pot.
  • Make a well and add the liquid ingredients, eggs first then yeast
  • Mix with your hands till all ingredients are incorporated.
  • Turn out onto a floured board for a little kneeding.
  • Put back in the pot, cover with a large beach towel. Keep in a warm place.
  • Punch down after first rise.
  • It doesn't have to raise double the second time.
  • Cut a piece of and place into a greased loaf or round cake pan. Let raise.
  • Or you can take two piece roll out and braid and then pinch together in a circle and place on a round pizza pan. Let raise.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Continue baking at 300 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Last 15 minutes brush with a beaten egg and water.

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