I know I haven’t been around lately, let’s keep it up with a mouth watering and easy to do Greek spiced bread.
In ancient Greek artos meant loaf of bread, nowadays it is generally used for celebration bread generally in church.
It is a kind of spiced bread with mastic and/or mahleb flavours. This recipe is only with mahleb.
Put the water, anice and cinnamon stick in a bowl and boil at low heat for 15 minutes.
Remove the cinnamon stick and let cool the syrup.
Activate fresh yeast cube by mixing it with 1/4 cup of luke warm water and 2 T flour.
Add orange juice and let it be foamy or show signs of expansion (about 10 minutes).
Add sugar, cognac, mahleb, vanilla and cloves powder. Wait 5 to 10 minutes.
Add olive oil and stir.
Mix baking powder and flour. Add this mixture to the liquid mixture gradually.
Make a soft dough.The dough should not stick to your fingers.
Put the dough in a large greased round tray.
Let rise in a warm place about an hour until double in volume.
Bake in 180° C pre-heat oven until golden brown for about an hour.
A perfect bread for breakfast!