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Ciambelle Recipe

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This recipe for Ciambelle, by , is from The Maurizi Family Cookbook Project, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Jennifer Murkey
Added: Sunday, December 14, 2008



5 cups flour
1 cup milk
1 ˝ cup sugar
1 teaspoon slat
2 tablespoons anise seeds
2 packages dry yeast
˝ cup warm water
3 eggs beaten
1 cube butter (stick) melted & cooled

Scald milk to just before boiling. Combine sugar, salt and anise seeds. Dissolve yeast with warm water until dissolved. Add dissolved yeast and scalded milk to sugar mixture. Add beaten eggs & cool. Beat butter and add to mixture. Slowly add the 5 cups of flour, keep beating until it makes a thick batter.

On a lightly floured board, let the dough sit for 10 minutes. Start working with hands and add flour until it isn’t sticky anymore. Put dough in large bowl and let raise for about ˝ to 1 hour. Put dough on board. Knead dough. Form 3 loaves, put in greased pans and let stand until raised.

Beat 1 egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water and brush tops. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.




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