Sesame-Anise Bread

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 2 hr
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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1 pound prepared pizza dough, at room temperature, torn into pieces

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the parchment paper

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 teaspoon anise seeds

1 tablespoon orange-flower water (or 1/4 teaspoon each grated lemon zest and orange zest)


  1. Combine the pizza dough, olive oil, melted butter, sugar, sesame seeds, anise seeds and orange-flower water in a food processor; pulse until the ingredients are incorporated and the dough gathers around the blade. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil the parchment. Form the dough into a ball and pat into a 6-inch disk on the parchment. Cover with a large bowl; let rise in a warm place until airy and spread into a flat round, 1 hour, 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  2. Put an upside-down baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F. Remove the bowl from the dough; put the baking sheet with the dough on the hot baking sheet in the oven and bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F and continue baking until the bread sounds hollow when tapped, 15 to 20 more minutes. Let cool slightly before slicing. 
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