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Hungarian White Bread

Hungarian White Bread is light, airy, and flavored with anise and fennel seeds (traditional spices of Hungary). It is great for sandwiches or toast.
Course Bread
Prep Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Author Renee

Ingredients

  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 packages instant yeast 1/4 ounce
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Instructions

  1. Grease a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and both seeds in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Heat water and oil in a small saucepan until warm (120 to 130 degrees F). Add to flour mixture.
  4. Using the flat beater, mix on low speed until moistened. Increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes.
  5. Change flat beater to dough hook. Turn mixer on low (setting 1 or 2 or as recommended by manufacturer when using dough hook). Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times and shape into a ball. Place the dough in the greased bowl and turn to coat dough. Cover and let rise in a warm draft-free place until double, about 1 hour.
  7. Lightly grease two sheet pans while dough is rising.
  8. Punch down dough and divide in half. On a lightly floured surface, shape each half into a round loaf. Place loaves on prepared sheet pans.
  9. Make 3 slashes across the top of each loaf using a very sharp knife.
  10. Cover loaves and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until almost double, about 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven to 375°F while the loaves are rising.
  12. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Transfer loaves from sheet pans to wire racks. Brush loaves with melted butter. Cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Hungarian White Bread is light, airy, and flavored with anise and fennel seeds (traditional spices of Hungary). It is great for sandwiches or toast.