With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Orange Anise Bread

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Orange Anise Bread

Sliced warm from the oven, toasted with butter and jam or made into sandwiches, bread is an important part of our daily experience.  Here is an interesting combination of ingredients...
Orange and anise with a little fresh ground nutmeg.
I expected these strong flavors to be dominate and was a little disappointed the anise was hard to discern.  One and a half teaspoons seemed like it would give a fuller flavor.
The bread has nice orange under tones and a light citrus scent.
I thought about substituting orange juice for the water in the recipe but was concerned about mixing OJ with the milk.
The texture is pure joy ~ very soft and light.

The recipe directions are to divide the dough into two pieces and roll into a long ropes.  Then the two ropes are twisted and formed into a circle.
I divided the dough into two pieces and shaped each piece for a loaf pan.
I was happy to get two loaves from this recipe using just 4 cups of flour.
Orange Anise Bread
1/3 cup water (75 to 85 degree F)
1/3 cup whole milk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened and cut into 6 pieces
Grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups bread flour
1-1/2 tsp anise seeds, crushed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2-1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
Egg wash (1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 Tbsp water)

Place ingredients into the bread pan in the following order: water, milk, eggs, butter, orange zest, sugar, flour, anise, salt and nutmeg.
With finger, make a small indentation on one side of the flour. Add yeast to indentation, making sure it does not come in contact with the liquid ingredients.
Carefully insert bread pan into breadmaker and gently close lid.

Press the Menu button until the "Dough" program is selected.

When the dough cycle is complete... Open the lid and, firmly grasp the bread pan handle and gently pull the pan straight up and out of the machine.

Preheat oven to 350F.
Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Remove dough from bread pan to a clean, lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces.
With hands, lightly roll each piece into a 24-inch rope. Place ropes on prepared baking sheet. Twist ropes loosely together and form into a circle. Place a clean towel over ring and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size.

Using a pastry brush, lightly brush ring with egg wash.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
Remove from baking sheet to wire cooling rack.
Allow to cool for about 20 minutes before slicing.

My favorite way to enjoy this bread ~ toasted with butter and orange marmalade!
Oh, how I love (sweet) Orange Marmalade.


Ann said...

YUM, that looks delicious and what an great combination of flavors.

Mildred said...

Your photo makes me so hungry! I had a bowl of cereal for supper tonight! Toasting the bread and serving it with orange marmalade sounds wonderful.

NanaDiana said...

Now I want BREAD!!!! Darn you! And here my day was going along so good with no bread cravings and then...then...then I come HERE! okay...maybe just a little piece! Yours looks yummy! Hugs- Diana

Leslie said...

this looks so good. thanks for sharing the recipe

Snap said...

i swear ... I think I gain weight with each of your food posts! Everything looks too good!!!!! Sinfully delicious....:D :D :D

Shandy said...

Now, YOU know how to make a sandwich! The first bite is "always" the best. You capture each subject in your photo to perfection. I love your pictures!

I also love the spice and orange flavor combination, and the idea of warm bread with fresh orange marmalade . . . oh, YUM!

marie said...

Well, that just looks yummy! I gain weight when I visit you! : )

Heather said...

Wow that looks so good!! ~I really wish I wasn't allergic to gluten! `love heather

maría cecilia said...

Hola, I`m so impressed by your photography... I think I have never seen a sandwich so real as this one, plus it looks delicious!!!!
I´m not a cooker myself, really I rather be gardening...
maria cecilia
p.s. thank you for visiting me back.

Leann said...

Oh what a wonderful looking bread and that sandwich? Yumm!


Kathleen said...

That looks so good! I don't have a bread maker. Well, I do, my dh! He does most of the breads.
Hope all is well with you!

Suzanne said...

Wow,this sandwich and bread looks so good.


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