This is one of my favorite sweet breads, easy and so beautifull as a braid to have Easter morning, or to offer as a gift.
The ingredients are basic, except for the anise seeds, which are readily available at most markets.
|In bowl of stand mixer,stir yeast into warm milk,add butter,eggs,orange peel,salt,crushed anise seeds|
|Stir in sugar|
|Weigh out 6 cups all purpose flour (27oz) , you might need a bit more or less|
|Usually you would add the flour as paddle is turning, but it will throw flour everywhere,so hand mix the flour ( I held back 1 cup and then added as needed) till moistened, then put bowl onto mixer and continue|
|When dough comes together and is not sticky,attach dough hook and knead 6 minutes till smooth|
|After 6 minutes,I like to hand knead to be sure it is smooth and satiny|
|The recipe makes 2 loaves,I weighed the dough and then divided into 2 equal parts|
|Spray oiled the insides of 2 gallon zip bags and placed dough in to rise for 2 hours|