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Italian Anise Toast

These are wonderful for dipping into coffee!


  • 3 1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 bottle anise extract or a few drops of anise oil


  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs until well blended. Add sugar. Add melted butter. Add anise extract or anise oil. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. Add 1 cup whole almonds, toasted at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, if desired.
  3. Form into two loaves on a floured board. Each loaf should be approximately 12 inches long and 3 to 4 inches wide. Bake 1 loaf at a time on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  4. Cut baked loaves into 3/4-inch diagonal slices.
  5. Bake slices at 350 degrees F for 6 minutes on each side. Cool.