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Whole Wheat Bread with Caraway and Anise

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
Aniseed and caraway seeds give this braided bread a licorice flavor. Leave either or both of them out, if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided (about 10 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (about 4 3/4 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon aniseed
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 142
  • caloriesfromfat 6 %
  • fat 0.9 g
  • satfat 0.2 g
  • monofat 0.2 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 2.8 g
  • carbohydrate 29.1 g
  • fiber 2.1 g
  • cholesterol 18 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 243 mg
  • calcium 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. Dissolve honey and yeast in 1 cup warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Combine 1 teaspoon water and egg, stirring well with a whisk. Place 1 tablespoon egg mixture in a small bowl. Cover and chill. Add remaining egg mixture to yeast mixture.

  2. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, salt, 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds, and aniseed to yeast mixture; stir to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).

  3. Place the dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch the dough down; cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Divide dough in half. Working with one portion at a time, roll each portion into a 12-inch rope on a lightly floured surface. Twist ropes together, and pinch ends to seal. Place dough in an 8-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

  4. Preheat oven to 375°.

  5. Uncover dough. Brush reserved egg mixture over loaf, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until loaf is browned on bottom and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on a wire rack.