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Aniseed Braids

 Aniseed Braids
Just in time for seasonal dinners and holiday gift giving comes this recipe, yielding two gorgeous loaves. At her Rock Island, Illinois kitchen, Marion Elizabeth Erickson completes the golden bread with an egg wash and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
40 ServingsPrep: 50 min. + rising Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 7 to 7-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, aniseed and
  • salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, butter and water to
  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until
  • moistened. Add 1 egg; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining
  • flour to form a firm dough (dough will be sticky).
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a bowl coated with cooking spray, turning once
  • to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about
  • 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in
  • half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each into a 14-in.

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Aniseed Braids (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • rope. Place three ropes on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray
  • and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining
  • dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat remaining egg; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove
  • from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (20 slices each).
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 119 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 92 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.