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Catholic Recipe: Italian Anise Toast


  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon anise extract
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  • Prep Time: N/A
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  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Italy

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This recipe is part of the Sicilian tradition of the St. Joseph Altar.


Sift flour with baking powder and salt three times and set aside. With mixer at medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add anise. At low speed, beat in flour mixture. Grease two cookie sheets. Divide mixture in half and spread each half on a cookie sheet measuring 11" X 5'. Preheat oven to 350° and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until pale golden brown. Remove from oven, cut into one-inch-thick slices, turn each on its side and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove slices to wire rack and let cool.

Recipe Source: Viva San Giuseppe by St. Joseph Guild, St. Joseph Guild, 1200 Mirabeau Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
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