Telera is a traditional bread that cannot be left out of our table during the Christmas season. It's a long loaf of bread, with a soft crumb, and a golden crust that is consumed only during the holidays. Learn the secrets of making telera bread with our detailed recipe and video.

– 2 cups all-purpose or bread flour, plus a bit extra to work – 2 teaspoons sugar, granulated, white – 1 teaspoon salt – 1 teaspoon instant yeast – ¼ teaspoon bija  – ¼ cup cold water – 4 tablespoons cold milk – 1 egg – ¼ cup butter (salted), at room temperature – ¼ teaspoon ground sweet aniseed


Step 1:

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the flour, salt, sugar, instant yeast, egg, water, and milk.

Step 2:

Knead at medium speed with the dough hook for 5 minutes, or until all the ingredients are well combined and have a smooth texture. Add the butter to the mixer bowl, and knead for 5 more minutes. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel, and let rest for 1 minute

Step 3:

Once a minute has passed, check if the wheat gluten has developed by stretching a part of the dough with wet fingers until it becomes translucent without breaking. If it is not ready, knead for 5 more minutes. It should be a shiny, soft dough.

Step 4:

Spread the dough and sprinkle with the anise and fold a few times to incorporate. Form a ball and place it in a glass or greased bowl, cover and let it rest it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 5:

Remove from the refrigerator. Pour a little flour on the counter. Place the dough on the floured surface, and with the help of a rolling pin stretch it into a rectangle. Roll the edges on the longer side, until you have two cylinders that meet in the center, one cylinder slightly larger than the other.

Step 6:

Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner, with the opening of the cylinders facing down so that it does not unroll. Cover with plastic wrap or a clean towel and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the bread has doubled in size.

Steps 7-8:

Reduce the oven temperature to 375 °F [190 °C].Preheat the oven to 400°F [200°C].  Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. If you have a thermometer, the internal temperature should be 180-190°F (82-88°C). Remove from the oven and pan and place on a rack until completely cool. Wait until completely cool before serving.

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