Fennel Bread is definitely a must try! I created this wonderful-tasting Fennel Bead recipe to take to a wine tasting.
This bread was a big hit and tasted great with all the many different wines we tasted. Delicious with any meal it is serve with or just on its own. Fennel Bread smells wonderful and is also fantastic as toast.
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- 1 1/4 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees F.)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
- 1 tablespoon Anisette (anise-flavored liqueur)
- 3 1/4 cups bread flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons instant active dry yeast
- 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil (for topping)
- 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt (for topping)
Bread Machine Instructions:
Add all the ingredients in the bread pan of bread machine. Process according to manufacturer's instructions for a dough setting. Do not be afraid to open the lid and check the dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
If you can not judge your dough by looking, stick your finger in and feel the dough. It should be slightly tacky to the touch. When the bread machine has completed the dough cycle, remove the dough from the pan to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough several times and form the dough into an oval; cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Stand Up Mixer Instructions:
In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, add all the ingredients. Using a dough hook, mix all the ingredients together into a uniform dough. It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until elastic, about 15 minutes. In an electric mixer, it should take about 9 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
After resting, turn dough bottom side up and press to flatten. Fold dough into an envelope by folding the top 1/3 of the way to the bottom. Then fold the bottom a 1/3 of the way over the top. Then press dough with the palm of your hand to make an indentation down the center of the dough and fold the top completely to the bottom, sealing the seam with the palm of your hand.
Place on a baking pan dusted with cornmeal or covered with a Silicone Baking Mat; cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise for approximately 20 minutes.
Oven Rising: Sometimes I use my oven for the rising. Turn the oven on for a minute or so, then turn it off again. This will warm the oven and make it a great environment for rising bread. If you can not comfortably press your hand against the inside of the oven door, the oven is too hot. Let it stand open to cool a bit.
Cool or Refrigerator Rise: If I do not have the time to wait for the rise to finish or I know that I will be interrupted before the completed rise, I do a cool rise. A cool rise is when the dough is place in the refrigerator and left to rise slowly over night approximately 8 to 12 hours. I usually do this after the first rise and the dough has been shaped into a loaf.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
After dough has risen, slash the bread with a very sharp knife making three 1/2-inch deep diagonal slashes. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until nicely browned. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The internal temperature should be between 200 and 210 degrees.
Remove from oven and place the bread on a wire rack.
Place the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl. Brush the top of the hot bread with the olive oil and then sprinkle the salt over the top of the bread. Let the bread cool before serving.
Makes 1 1/2-pound loaf.
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