240 mins (prep 45)
9 ingredients
makes 2 loaves
If you want dramatic impact on your holiday table, look no further. These leaf-shaped breads (traditionally one of the 13 desserts of a Provençal Christmas Eve) are large and sculptural, with a heady fragrance of orange and anise.

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  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water (105–115°f)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (from a 1/4-oz package)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds, lightly crushed
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons orange-flower water (preferably french)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange zest
  • 1/3 cup mild extra-virgin olive oil (preferably french) plus 1 tablespoon for brushing
  • 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flaky or coarse sea salt
  • special equipment: a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment


Serving Size (139.16 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 193.52 Calories from Fat 5.49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.61g 1.88%
Saturated Fat 0.09g 0.88%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 5.99mg 0.5%
Total Carbohydrate 42.75g 28.5%
Dietary Fiber 1.92 g 15.36%
Sugars 17.3 g %
Protein 4.85g 19.38%
Vitamin A 0.62IU% Vitamin C 0.01mg%
Calcium 8.43mg% Iron 1.55mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
warm water, table salt, anise seeds, orange-flower water, finely grated fresh orange zest, mild extra-virgin olive oil, plus, unbleached all-purpose flour, coarse sea salt, or, a, special equipment