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Vegan recipe: how to make Anise rolls from Valencia

Updated: Mar 10, 2021


There are many recipes that go back more than 100 years ago and when you try these dishes you can really taste the difference especially if they were made from your grandparents or great grand parents. They have all the simplicity but yet they are rich in taste and history. In this post, let me share with you a story and a Vegan recipe of a dear friend from Spain who is originally from Valencia. It can be a lovely healthy dessert or snack which you can add to your cuisine. Let’s check it out down below:




The story of Pepe from Valencia (Spain)


I started cooking for fun from a very young age and from time to time I used to treat my friends with some cakes or cookies when we met. I didn't have many recipes that I had to begin with but with time I learned more of them. Every recipe tells me a story by talking about my childhood, my mother, the town where I was born and my friends! Cooking brings me back memories and makes me feel emotions so it doesn’t only represent food.

A few years ago, I decided to bake a very typical Valencian sweet : the Anise rolls. I never cooked them nor cooked them before but everytime I saw them in the supermarket it reminded me of when I was a kid.

I offered some of them to my neighbours and also to my co-workers at the office. Every single one of them said the same thing which was that eating the Anise rolls brought them back in the past. The taste and the flavour of these biscuits were almost like a time machine.

Some of the people who tried them said that they would have preferred if the Anise rolls were a little bit harder.

The original recipe does not use yeast at all and the rolls are hard like stones and it is for that reason that I prefer to add yeast. Older people also have memories of when they used the gas oven, which was quite often, and the alcohol from the anise exploded inside it when they opened the oven door!


If you are into Vegan or Vegetarian cuisine check out the post "Delicious & fast Vegetarian recipe with vegan option: spinach risotto"




Ingredients for 30 rolls


75ml of dry anise

75ml of mild olive oil or sunflower oil

75g of sugar

250g of flour

½ chemical yeast envelope

One zest of lemon



Recipe of Anise Rolls



  • Put dry anise, olive oil and sugar in a bowl. Beat well until the sugar melts.

  • Add the lemon zest and half the flour with the yeast. Mix the paste with your hands and add the rest of the flour.

  • Let the dough rest for 25 minutes



  • Then make the balls with dough and with your thumb make a hole into each roll

  • Dip each roll on one side in sugar



  • Put the rolls on the baking sheet, lined with vegetable paper. Preheat oven to 180°C

  • Evenly bake for 20 minutes




  • Remove from baking tray to cool on a plate. Store in an airtight container at room temperature to keep them fresh and avoid to go stale

Enjoy your Anise rolls!


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