Pan de anis (Anise seed Bread)

Sticky cinnamon spirals and a buttery crumb cake. Just like the classic
crumb cakes you see in New York City bakeries.
Pan de anis (Anise seed Bread)
1 cup milk, warmed
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons aniseed
6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup mashed potatoes
1 egg (or 2 egg yolks)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons yeast
5 cups flour (approximate)
Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water)

Place half the warm milk in mixing bowl; sprinkle approximately 1 teaspoon sugar in
remaining milk, add anise seed and set aside. To the milk in the mixing bowl add
remaining sugar, butter, mashed potatoes, 1 egg and salt; stir to blend.

Add yeast to warm milk and anise seed, stir to dissolve yeast. Stir milk and yeast into
potato/butter mixture; using mixer with a dough hook knead in enough flour to make a
soft dough; knead until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes).*To make bread by hand,
see * below. Place dough in a clean bowl sprayed with non-stick spray, cover with and
allow to raise until double in bulk (about 1-2 hours).

Remove cover and knead excess air from dough. Divide dough into 8 pieces; divide each
piece into 3-4 small balls, about the size of a golf ball. Flatten each ball into an oval
approximately 3×5 inches; starting at one end, roll each oval into a spiral; place on
baking sheet with seam side down. Brush rolls with egg wash, sprinkle with sesame
seeds, cover and allow to rest approximately 15 minutes while oven is pre-heating.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove cover on rolls and bake 15-20 minutes or until
lightly browned and baked through. Serve warm.

Peruvian cuisine is predicted to take off in 2012. This delicious bread recipe combines a
staple of Peru (potatoes) with the flavor of anise seed. They are tender, rich and delicious
rolls. Makes 24-32 rolls

*If kneading by hand, stir enough flour into bread mixture to make a soft dough; turn
dough out on floured surface and knead in additional flour until smooth and elastic, with
air bubbles just below surface (about 15 minutes). Continue with directions above.

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