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Italian Christmas Bread with Eggnog Glaze

Italian Christmas Bread with Eggnog Glaze

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Nancy Ann R.

My husband fondly recalls the Anise Bread that his Italian grandmother used to make during the holidays. She evidently never had a recipe (and never used a bread machine!) so this is what I came up with for a quick, special Christmas bread. This rich bread has a wonderful aroma while baking.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 195 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 7.2 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 28g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 5.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 103 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Spread hazelnuts evenly on a baking sheet. Bake until lightly toasted, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer the nuts to a bowl, and let them cool.
  3. Place the eggnog, sugar, salt, butter, egg, egg yolk, bread flour, yeast, anise seed, and cinnamon into the bread machine. Program the machine for a basic cycle with the crust as "medium." Press start. Do not use the delay timer.
  4. Place the cooled toasted hazelnuts into the machine between Knead Cycle 1 and Knead Cycle 2. When the baking cycle ends, immediately remove the bread from the pan and allow it to cool on a rack.
  5. Prepare the glaze by combining the confectioners' sugar and eggnog in a bowl; mix well. It should be a drizzling consistency. Drizzle the glaze on the cooled bread before slicing.
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Reviews

Joanie
16
12/17/2009

This bread is so delicious and easy to make. I was afraid the with 2 T. of anise seed it would be a bit too much spice but it turned out so good!

ArtsbyLori
11
12/21/2009

Everyone loved this bread and the glaze was an extra special touch! I loved it warmed with honey butter!

ironchefmels
8
12/22/2010

Amazing fresh out of the machine! The Glaze makes it. It didn't mention, but I slightly chopped the nuts with their skins on (I had trouble skinning them), all turned out well.