My Mom’s Portuguese Sweet Anise Bread

Tucked between two letters Mom had written me years ago, I found her recipe jus’ in time for Easter. It is one of those pleasant surprises that seem to come from out of nowhere. This was one of my childhood favorites growing up in Klamath, where I’d smother a warm slice in butter and eat it with an icy-cold glass of milk.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1-1/2 tsp margarine or unsalted butter
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp anise seed
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, milk, egg, butter, baking powder, anise and cinnamon.
Mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture into greased 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan.
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Bake about 45 to 55 minutes.
Bread will puff and top may crack.
Cool five minutes in pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes one loaf

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