Ingredients 1.5 cup Unsalted butter .75 cup Sugar 3 teaspoons Whole Anise seed 1 teaspoon Salt 6 cups All-purpose flour 4 whole Eggs, large 1.25 cup Water 2 whole Dry yeast packets
Procedure Bring all ingredients to room temperature and ensure that water is slightly warm. In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, anise, salt and .5 cup of flour. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs and the water. Add the egg and water mixture to the flour mixture along with an additional .5 cup of flour. Add the yeast and another .5 cup of flour. Continue to add the remaining flour one cup at a time until dough forms. Knead on a floured surface for about one minute. Cover with a slightly damp dishcloth and let rise in a warm area for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Bring out dough and punch it down. Remove about one quarter of the dough and use it to make a cross shapes to place across the loaf [symbolizing bones], or you can divide the dough into smaller pieces to create other shapes as desired. Allow the shaped dough to rise for an additional hour. Then bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 - 40 minutes. Allow the bread to cool before applying any glaze, icing or decorative toppings [optional].
Chocolate Abuelita [Mexican Hot Chocolate]
Ingredients 4 cups Whole milk 8 ounces Chocolate Abuelita Brand® 2 tablespoons Sugar 2 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract .5 teaspoons Chile powder .25 teaspoons Ground cinnamon 1 pinch Salt 1 cup Water
Procedure In a large saucepan, combine all ingredients and place over medium heat whisking constantly, until hot but not boiling, about 8 minutes. Serve in a mug with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon if desired.
Ofrendas para Amigos [meaning: "gift for friends"]