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  • Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. Put spices, orange peel,bay leaf, and ouzo in a pot with the 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Set aside to steep and cool. Heat milk and remove from heat. Add the butter and allow the milk to cool slightly. Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in eggs, yeast, milk mixture, and flavored water (remove only the bay leaf) Stir the mixture until all the flour has been absorbed.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth, about 20 minutes. Place in a buttered bowl, and flip the dough so the top is greased as well. Cover with a towel dampened with hot water. Set in a warm, draft free place to rise until doubled in bulk, about 4-6 hours.
  • Punch down the dough and knead for about 5 minutes. Shape into one large round loaf and decorate the top with walnut halves. Set aside to rise once more, about 2 hours (uncovered). Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 1 hour.
  • Makes 1 loaf.

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