Aromatic Ka'ak: Anise & Sesame Bread Ring Wonders


Indulge in the delightful world of Aromatic Ka'ak, a traditional Middle Eastern bread infused with the sweet, licorice-like flavor of anise and the nutty crunch of sesame seeds. These bread rings are not just a treat for the palate but also a feast for the eyes, with their unique ring shape and golden-brown crust. Perfect as a tea-time snack, a breakfast companion, or simply a nibble on the go, Ka'ak brings a touch of sweetness and tradition to your day.

Aromatic Ka'ak: Anise & Sesame Bread Ring Wonders

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour (including dough rising)
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 8 people
  • Serving Size: 1 bread ring

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • All-purpose flour: 500 grams (17.6 ounces / 1.1 pounds)
  • Warm water: 250 ml (8.5 ounces / 0.55 pounds)
  • Dry yeast: 10 grams (0.35 ounces / 0.022 pounds)
  • Sugar: 20 grams (0.7 ounces / 0.04 pounds)
  • Ground anise: 10 grams (0.35 ounces / 0.022 pounds)
  • Sesame seeds: 50 grams (1.76 ounces / 0.11 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Dough Preparation: Mix flour, yeast, sugar, ground anise, and salt. Gradually add warm water and olive oil to form a soft dough. Let it rise until doubled.
  2. Shaping: Divide the dough into equal portions. Roll each into a long rope, then join the ends to form rings.
  3. Coating with Sesame: Dip each ring in water, then coat generously with sesame seeds.
  4. Baking: Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) until golden brown.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Knead the dough well for a smooth and elastic texture.
  • Ensure the rings are evenly coated with sesame seeds for maximum flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Ka'ak without anise?

Yes, though anise adds a unique flavor, it can be omitted or replaced with other spices like fennel.

How should I store Ka'ak?

Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

Can Ka'ak be frozen?

Yes, freeze them after cooling, and reheat in the oven when ready to serve.