Thursday, 12 April 2012

# 200 Sweet bread with star anise and cinnamon

This type of bread is traditionally made in Portugal at Easter time, there are obviously slight differences in the recipe from region to region but the base dough is practically the same. Despite the name this bread is actually not that sweet but if you prefer savoury foods you can always try this recipe I posted in June last year. It makes a delicious savoury bread with meat filling.

I realise Easter is gone and done with but I was quite busy during the 1st week of April and somehow I didn't realise the long Easter weekend was upon us until quite late, actually it only occurred to me when the husband arrived home on Thursday evening with a few chocolate eggs he'd been given at work! The fact that A. had been on holiday for the whole of that week was not enough of a clue.

Anyway, I'm more than making up for it now having already baked 3 batches of this delicious sweet bread but don't worry we haven't been having it all ourselves ;-)

Before we move on to the recipe just want to say the dough is kneaded in the bread machine which makes it a lot easier.

Sweet bread with star anise and cinnamon

1 teaspoon fast action yeast
450g strong white flour
6 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground star anise
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Zest of an orange
75g butter
Pinch of salt
1 egg
250ml milk

1 egg, beaten
Sugar for sprinkling

Place the ingredients into the bread pan in the order especified for your machine. Select the Basic Dough programme (2hours and 20 minutes in mine).

When the cycle finishes, grease your hands with a little olive oil to handle the dough. Shape the dough into a ball (I prefer to make 2 smaller balls) and place on a baking tray lined with some greaseproof paper, allow to prove in a warm place for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Brush the top with beaten egg and sprinkle with caster sugar.

Bake in a preheated oven Gas Mark 5 for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.