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Honey Anise Bread

Courses: Breads
Serves: 2 people

Recipe Ingredients

5 3/4 cups 359g / 12ozAll-purpose flour
2   Active dry yeast
1/2 cup 118mlHoney
3 tablespoons 45mlButter or margarine
1 teaspoon 5mlSalt
1 cup 62g / 2.2ozWhole-grain wheat flour
1/2 cup 118mlCracked wheat
3 tablespoons 45mlAnise seed - crushed

Recipe Instructions

In a mixing bowl combine 2 cups of the all-purpose flour and the yeast. In a saucepan heat honey, margarine, salt and 2 1/4 cups water, stirring constantly, until mixture is warm (120 degrees to 130 degrees). Add to flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes more. Using a large spoon, stir in whole wheat flour, cracked wheat, and anise seed. Stir in as much of the remaining all-purpose flour as you can.

Turn out onto a floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to make a moderately-stiff dough (6 to 8 minutes). Shape into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn once to grease surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double (about 45 minutes). Punch dough down. Turn out onto a floured surface; divide in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes. Lightly grease two 8- by 4- by 2-inch or 9- by 5- by 3-inch loaf pans.

Shape each half into a loaf; place into prepared pans. Cover; let rise in a warm place until nearly double (30 to 40 minutes). Bake in a 375 degree oven 40 to 45 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Cover with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning, if necessary. Immediately remove from pans. cool on racks. Makes 2 loaves.

Better Homes And Gardens Magazine - ???, 1992 issue - submitted by Rendi A. Hahn, Grand Prairie, TX


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