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Easter Bread

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Serves 4 or 5 loaves | Prep Time 4 or 5 hours | Cook Time 1 hour

Why I Love This Recipe

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.

Ingredients You'll Need

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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