I was so excited about this recipe- since I love anise and thought the twisted-rope format would yield a cool product! At the same time that the bread looks good, it is chewy, flavorless and dry. I'm not sure what went wrong but I was disappointed.
Whole Wheat Bread with Caraway and Anise
Aniseed and caraway seeds give this braided bread a licorice flavor. Leave either or both of them out, if you prefer.
Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 142
- Calories from fat: 6%
- Fat: 0.9g
- Saturated fat: 0.2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 0.2g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
- Protein: 2.8g
- Carbohydrate: 29.1g
- Fiber: 2.1g
- Cholesterol: 18mg
- Iron: 1.8mg
- Sodium: 243mg
- Calcium: 12mg
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- 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.
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