Anise fougasse

This bread is best made fresh and served straight from the oven, but it can be baked ahead and gently reheated. It's delicious warm, slathered with butter and honey.

You'll need

14 gm (2 sachets) dried yeast 75 ml milk, at room temperature 350 gm bread flour, plus extra for dusting 30 gm raw caster sugar 2 eggs, at room temperature 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing 2 tsp whole aniseed (see note), ground with a mortar and pestle 70 gm butter, softened, plus extra melted for brushing Eggwash, for brushing Raw honey and cultured butter, to serve


  • 01
  • Dissolve yeast in milk in a small bowl and set aside until creamy on top. Combine flour and sugar in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add eggs, oil, aniseed and yeast mixture, and knead on medium speed until smooth and elastic (5-10 minutes). Gradually add softened butter, mixing continuously until incorporated. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (1½-2 hours).
  • 02
  • Knock back dough, then divide in half. Roll each piece on a lightly floured surface into a rough 20cm x 10cm rectangle. Cut slits in bread and gently pull apart to open slightly, then transfer to trays (or a single large tray) lined with baking paper, cover and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (1 hour).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Brush bread with eggwash, dust lightly with flour, and bake until dark golden (12-15 minutes; if you’re using two oven trays, swap them halfway through cooking). Serve fougasse warm with butter and honey.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Additional Notes

Whole aniseed is available from select delicatessens, independent grocers and Herbie’s Spices (

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June 2017

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