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Aniseed Yeast Rolls

 Aniseed Yeast Rolls
These hard-crusted golden brown gems have a mild anise flavor and a soft pillowy texture with a sprinkling of aniseed on top. Amy Short from Lesage, West Virginia shared the recipe.
22 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.


  • 5-1/4 to 5-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 4 teaspoons aniseed, divided
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 eggs


  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, brown sugar, salt, yeast and 3
  • teaspoons aniseed. In a saucepan, heat water and butter to
  • 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat just until
  • moistened. Add five eggs; beat until smooth. Stir in enough
  • remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled, about 1
  • hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 22
  • pieces. Shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on grease baking
  • sheets. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Beat remaining egg; brush over dough. Sprinkle with remaining
  • aniseed. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown.

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Aniseed Yeast Rolls (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 22 rolls.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 196 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 224 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.