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Anise-Fig Rolls














Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber


1 ¼ cups milk, low-fat
cup molasses
3 tablespoons canola oil
plus 1 teaspoon, divided
¾ cup cornmeal
plus more for sprinkling
½ cup water
warm, 110-115°f
2 ¼ teaspoons yeast, active dry
1 pacakge
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
plus more if needed
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup figs, dried
1 ½ teaspoons aniseed
plus more for sprinkling
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 large egg whites
beaten, for brushing


Mix milk, molasses and 3 tablespoons oil in a medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil and transfer to a large bowl, stir in ¾ cup cornmeal.

Let stand until an instant-read thermometer registers between 115°F and 120°F, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add water in a small bowl and sprinkle yeast on top, and add 1 teaspoon sugar.

Let stand until the yeast dissolves and looks foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add the yeast into the cornmeal mixture.

Using a wooden spoon, gradually stir all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, figs, 1½ teaspoons aniseed and salt into the cornmeal mixture until the dough begins to come together but still looks dry.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, adding more flour by the tablespoonful if needed to prevent sticking, about 10 minutes.

Form the dough into a ball.

Coat another large bowl with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil.

Add the dough and turn to coat.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel.

Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until almost doubled, about 1½ hours.

Gently punch the dough down.

Coat two 9-by-13-inch baking sheets with cooking spray.

Shape the dough into an 18-inch-long log and cut into 18 equal pieces.

Working with one piece at a time, gather and pinch the edges together, shaping it into a rough ball.

Arrange each ball, pinched-side down, on a clean work surface.

To shape the dough into a tighter ball, slightly cup your hand over it and move the ball around with a circular motion, keeping the bottom in place while tucking the loose edges into it and stretching the surface of the dough tight. (If the outer skin breaks, set the roll aside and let it rest while rounding the remaining rolls. Reroll once the dough relaxes.)

Place the rolls in the prepared baking sheets.

Cover with plastic wrap or damp kitchen towel. Let rise until almost doubled, another 1¼ to 1½ hours more.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Brush the tops of the rolls with egg white (you’ll have some left over).

Sprinkle with cornmeal and aniseeds.

Put the sheets in the oven and immediately reduce heat to 350°.

Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and let cool.

Make 18 rolls.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 77g (2.7 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 18815% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 13%
Sugars g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 6% Iron 11%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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