Ingredients

How to make it

  • Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add the warm water. The mixture should be around 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, salt, vanilla, anise seed and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Beat in the warm milk mixture then add the eggs and orange zest and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding more flour until the dough is soft.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (I turn my oven light on and set it inside to rise, DONT TURN OVEN ON). This will take about 1 to 2 hours (typically 1-1/2 for me). Punch the dough down and shape it into a large round loaf with a round knob on top (You may shape your bread however you like at this time). Place dough onto a baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until just about doubled in size.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 350 degrees F for about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven let cool slightly then brush with glaze.
  • To make glaze: In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Brush over top of bread while still warm. Sprinkle glazed bread with white sugar.

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  • otterpond 4 years ago
    Do you put the traditional tiny clay baby Jesus in the center?
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  • chuckieb 4 years ago
    Sharebear you rock! How cool is this!
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