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Day-of-the-dead Bread

  • Prep Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes (Total Time: 5 Hour Minutes)
  • Serving Size: 20
  • 4-1/2 cups Flour, Divided
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 env. Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Anise Seed
  • 1 tablespoon Grated Orange Peel
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter
  • 5 Eggs, Divided
  • 1 tablespoon KOOL-AID Orange Flavor Sugar-Sweetened Soft Drink Mix
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Water
  • MIX 1-1/2 cups of the flour, the 3/4 cup sugar, yeast, anise seed, orange peel, cinnamon and salt in large bowl; set aside. Place milk, 1/2 cup water and the butter in small saucepan. Cook on low heat until mixture reaches 105?F to 115?F; stir. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk mixture; stir until well blended. Lightly beat 4 of the eggs. Add to flour mixture; mix well. Gradually add remaining 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition until dough is smooth but not sticky.

    PLACE dough on lightly floured surface; knead 20 min. Place in large greased bowl; cover with greased sheet of plastic wrap and towel. Let stand at room temperature 1-1/2 hours.

    REMOVE 1/4 of the dough; shape into 3-inch pieces to resemble bones and tears. Set aside. Divide remaining dough in half; shape each piece into a ball. Place on floured surface; knead 5 min. Place on greased baking sheet. Decorate balls of dough with dough pieces as desired; cover with greased plastic wrap and towel. Let rise at room temperature 1-1/2 hours or until dough is doubled in volume.

    PREHEAT oven to 350?F. Beat remaining egg. Brush over dough. Bake 40 min. or until golden brown. Mix soft drink mix, 1 Tbsp. sugar and 1-1/2 tsp. water; brush over warm bread. Cool completely.