I’ve eaten bread and buns with fennel seeds in them and I really liked the subtle licorice flavour. I looked through several recipes and tried to incorporate the best elements.It was slightly sweet and quite firm in texture. I really liked the flavours and I will work on a more cake-like fennel bread in future.
Here’s my recipe for fennel spiced bread.
4 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of fennel seeds
12 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of fennel seeds
1 teaspoon of salt
3 teaspoons of dry yeast
12 tablespoons of melted butter
2 cups of yogurt
1 cup of water
Toast the fennel seeds until fragrant.
Beat 1 egg and mix it with the yogurt, butter and water.
In an other bowl, thoroughly mix flour, fennel seeds, sugar, salt and yeast.
Make a well and then add the egg mixture.
Mix and form into a ball.
Cover the dough with a damp towel and let it rest in a warm area for an hour
For a rustic loaf of bread form the dough into a 2 inch thick rectangle and brush it with a beaten egg and top it with a light sprinkling of fennel seeds.