Turkish Festive Bread Topped with Sesame and Fennel Seeds
pide (turkish festive bread topped with sesame and fennel seeds) 
1 oz.  compressed yeast, or 2 packages active dry yeast
1 tsp  + 3 tbsp sugar
1 cup  lukewarm water
4 Tbsp  butter or margarine
3/4 cup  milk
4-3/4 cup  all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp  salt
1   egg, beaten
3-1/2 Tbsp  sesame seeds
1-1/2 tsp  fennel seeds
place the yeast, 1 tsp sugar and 1/2cup of the warm water in a small 
bowl. if compressed yeast, cream together; if dry, stir to dissolve. 
set aside in a warm place for 15 - 20 minutes or until the mixture 
begins to froth. 
place the butter, milk and remaining water in a small saucepan and 
heat slowly until the butter has melted. remove from the heat. 
sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and stir in the remaining 
sugar. make a well in the center and add the yeast and butter 
mixtures. gradually work in the flour until a soft dough is formed. 
transfer to a floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes or 
until smooth and elastic. (alternatively, knead the dough using the 
dough hook in a heavy duty (counter top) electric mixer.) 
grease a large circular dish about 12 inches in diameter. place the 
dough in the center of the dish and press down until it forms a round 
loaf about 10 inches in diameter. cover with a dish towel and leave to 
rise in a warm place for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. 
preheat the oven to 375 degrees f. 
brush the surface of the bread with the beaten egg and sprinkle the 
sesame and fennel seeds evenly over it. using the point of a sharp 
knife make a pattern over the top. bake for about 40 minutes or until 
golden brown and cooked through. transfer to a wire rack and leave to 
makes 1 large loaf. 
(ID: 10470) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Mon, Oct 13, 2003

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