Welcome to Mama's Italian Recipes Blog

So who is Mama? Mama is a full blooded Italian woman raised in Brooklyn New York surrounded with good food and Italian culture. I want to share the recipes of the old world with the new world. Known for her exceptional dishes she loves nothing more than to prepare and serve these recipes to her friends and family.

Now, we share them with you.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup room temp milk
2 tbsp. butter, softened
7 eggs
1/2 cup mixed candied fruit, chopped
1/3 cup blanched almonds, chopped
3/4 tsp. anise seed
olive oil

Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Pour in milk and softened butter. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed with an electric mixer.
Stir in 2 eggs and 1/2 cup flour.
Mix 2 minutes on high speed.
Hand mix in mixture fruit, nuts and anise seed mixing well.

Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 6-8 min.
Can use an electric mixer's dough hook for 5 minutes but be sure to finish by hand for approx. 1 min.

Place in a bowl greased with olive oil; turn once so that dough is lightly coated in oil.

Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place, until dough has doubled in size, about 1 hr.

Punch dough down. Divide in half; roll each piece into a 24 inch rope approx. . Loosely twist ropes together; place on a greased baking sheet and form into a circle.

Pinch rope ends together. Gently split ropes and tuck eggs into openings. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from pan. Brush top of bread with butter.

Cool on rack.