Bread Brownies Scented With Star Anise and Fennel Seeds
Recipe type: sweet, dessert
(1 baking tray makes about 9 to 12 brownies)
  • 300 gr of stale bread
  • 300 ml rice milk
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 80 g extra dark chocolate (cocoa content 70% or more)
  • Half cup of raisin
  • ⅘ star anise
  • ¾ tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
(optional ingredients):
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • walnuts
  • 1 apple
  1. Pre-heat a fan assisted oven at 180C°/ 350F°.
  2. Break the bread into small pieces and put it into a large bowl.
  3. Add the rice milk to some water and then add the star anise. Bring to the boil. Remove the star anise and pour the liquid over the bread. Leave it to soften in the liquid for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionaly.
  4. Add the egg, sugar and sieve in the cocoa. Stir well until the mixture has blended well.
  5. Put the raisin to soften into a bowl of lukewarm water, then drain and add it to the mixture. Roughly cut the chocolate and add it to the mixture.
  6. Add the fennel seeds and the sliced almonds. Stir well. Set aside a handfull of almonds for covering the top.
  7. (optional: - add a finely sliced apple, some walnuts and other seeds, such as the sunflower seeds)
  8. Line a baking pan with baking paper and spread the mixture evenly into it. Make a layer of about ⅔ cm (1 inch). Sprinkle over the remaining almonds and bake for about 40/45 minutes at 180C°/350F°.
Recipe by The Freaky Table at