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Italian Easter Bread (Taralla) Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Jo Lombardo Arnold
Added: Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 pkgs. dry yeast
2 cups warm water
7 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 slightly beaten eggs (at room temperature)
6-7 cups of flour (may need more)
1 egg for the glaze
sesame seeds (optional)
1/2-1 tsp. anise flavoring (according to taste)

Directions:
Directions:
Soften yeast in water. Add all ingredients except flour and mix. Add 4 cups of flour and mix well. Continue adding flour until the dough is workable. Knead until smooth and elastic. Turn into oiled bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled (about 1-1 1/2 hours. Divide dough in half. Cut each half into three equal pieces. Roll each piece into a strip about 15 inches long. Place three strips on a greased baking sheet and braid, fastening strips securely at both ends. It helps to begin braiding in the middle and work towards the ends. Repeat with second half of dough.Cover, let rise until double. Brush top and sides with slightly beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds at this time if you like. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Loaf will be a beautiful golden brown and fragrant. It is delicious toasted. Try it with cheese or just butter!

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is a simpler version of traditional anise flavored breads. If you have a heavy duty electric mixer with a dough hook, making bread is much easier and less time consuming. However you do it, this bread is worth the effort.

 

 

 

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