This recipe is a little long-winded, but the result is really worth it. A sweet, egg-enriched, fruit and nut bread, with dyed eggs nestled on its surface. Excellent over Easter.
If your local supermarket doesn't stock anise seed, you can find them online.
My mother and I have been making this bread since I was 3, it's a Good Friday tradition. I have found it easier though over the years to use anise extract, I think it gives it a little more flavor. Also if you're not into the dried fruit, Raisins are a great if not better substitute. - 13 Apr 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This was a good sweet recipe, great for breakfast. However, use more dried fruit than is recomended. This recipe was hard to knead the second time because of the dry ingredients. Take your time with this one! - 24 Apr 2000 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Really good recipe. However for the advanced baker since it's a yeast bread with multiple rising periods. Overall, very authentic-- and I'm 100% Italian! - 02 Apr 2002 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)