St. Joseph's Bread
(original recipe from Rosalie Pusateri)
This recipe makes 10 medium size loaves. It can easily be divided in half.
5lbs. Flour (20 cups sifted) 3 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons anise seed ¾ cup Crisco
4 pkgs dry yeast 6 large eggs
5 cups warm water (approx. total) Sesame seeds
Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water (105-110 degrees)
Combine eggs and sugar
Melt Crisco in 1 cup warm water
Mix together the sifted flour and the anise seed
Make a well in the Flour. Into the well pour dissolved yeast, sugar and egg mixture, and Crisco water mixture and blend well. Gradually add remaining 3 cups warm water and blend. After all ingredients are blended, knead for 10 minutes.
Place in greased bowl. Let rise in warm place 1-2 hours. Punch down. Knead again and form into loaves. You can be creative by braiding the dough and shaping it into a cross, staff, bundle of wheat, etc. Let rise again for 1 hour. When ready to bake, brush with well beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake at 300 degree for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.