About this recipe:This bread is not only easy to make, it also tastes delicious. The batter is enriched with butter, eggs and sugar. It taste almost like a cake, but not as sweet. Serve as a breakfast bread.
Makes: 1 loaf
315g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon anise seeds
115g unsalted butter, softened
100g caster sugar
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Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the anise seeds and mix well.
In a separate large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in one egg and then the other. Beat for 1 minute.
Beginning with the flour mixture, alternately add the milk and flour to the large bowl with the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
Spoon batter into a greased 23x13cm or similar sized loaf tin.
Bake in a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 50 minutes or until an inserted cocktail stick comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the tin for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
If anise seeds are not available at your local supermarket, you can purchase them online.
Just made it today. I did not have any anise seeds so I left that out. Still tasted good. I was also a little short with flour. No problem Tastes really good. Especially right out of the oven. Will have to do this one again. - 29 Jul 2014
This went down very well at breakfast-time on New Year's Day and I've been persuaded to bake a second loaf since so it must be good! It is quite sweet and very light. It's not easy to find anise seeds in the UK but if you have a relative living in Germany, or if you visit, you can pick them up in any supermarket and even in some chemists. - 06 Jan 2014