486- Krachel, Moroccan Sweet Rolls / القراشل، لفات مغربية حلوة
2 hour 30 minutes
30 grams (1 oz.) sesame seeds
1 tablespoon anise seeds
500 grams (4 cups) all-purpose white flour
120 grams (1/2 cup 2 tablespoons) granulated white sugar
100 millilitres vegetable oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon orange blossom water
200 millilitres lukewarm milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Step1: Prepare Ingredients
1- On a flat pan over medium heat, roast the sesame seeds for around 3 minutes while stirring constantly then place in a bowl for later use.
2- Still on medium heat, roast the anise seeds on the pan for around 3 minutes while stirring constantly. Then place in a bowl for later use.
Step 2: Make the Dough
3- In large bowl, combine all the ingredients: flour, sugar, roasted sesame seeds, roasted anise seeds, vegetable oil, baking powder, dry yeast, orange blossom water, milk, and salt. Then add 2 eggs.
4- Gently mix all the ingredients by hand until you get a sticky dough.
5- Sprinkle a little bit of flour on your workstation. Transfer the dough and knead it with the palm of your hands. You can use a kneading machine.
6- Knead the dough for about 10 minutes or until you get a smooth malleable dough that is a little bit sticky.
7- Place the dough in a bowl, sprinkle a bit of flour on top, and cover with a clean cloth. Let it rest for 1 hour in a warm place, you will notice that the dough doubles in volume.
8- Using your fist, push the dough down to remove all the gas bubbles.
9- Cut a little bit of dough and roll it quickly between a flat surface and the palm of your hand for a minute to create a round shape. The dough balls should be the size of a tennis ball.
10- Place the dough balls in a baking pan covered with parchment paper and cover the dough balls with a clean cloth and let rest for 1 hour for the dough to gain more volume.
Step 3: Bake, Plate, and Enjoy
11- After 1 hour, beat one egg and brush the buns from the top and sides. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of each bun.
12- Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C / 390°F for around 20 minutes or until the buns have a beautiful deep brown color.
13- Plate and enjoy.