3 lbs. of flour (about 12 cups)(or maybe more...)
2 yeast packs (dry or fresh)
1/2 cup of shortening (or oil)
2 Tbsp. of salt
3 Tbsp. of sugar
1 quart milk or water (2 cups scalded milk/2 cups water)
1 to 2 Tbsp crushed anise seed(I went with 2, could even use more if you like)
Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water set aside. In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add the sugar, salt, and shortening. Add the 2 cups of hot milk; stir until the shortening is disolved. Then, add the remainder 2 cups of water. If it feels lukewarm to the touch add the flour a little at a time, then the yeast. Continue adding the flour until the dough doesn't stick to your hands. Put in a greased bowl, cover with a cloth and set aside, away from drafts for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. Form dough in the shape of buns, some with holes and place on a cookie sheet for about 1 hr to raise. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, split with a fork and re-bake the halves for about 15 minutes till toasted at 375 degrees.