It just came out from the oven perfectly fine!!!! Here are the changes that I've made: ->I halve the recipe(which doesn't really matter), I left out the anise, AND I started off with proofing the yeast using the first 1/4cup water(lukewarm) together with 1/4teaspoon of the 1/4cup sugar for 5-10 minutes. Then added this yeast mixture into the remaining 1cup water. STIRRED WELL. Then added the flour mixture (flour, b.s, b.p, sugar, AND a pinch of salt) into the yeast mixture a little at a time, stirring, until just the right consistency for kneading (till the dough doesn't stick to your fingers). Kneaded for 15 minutes (using hand), and let it rise for 1st time about an hour (or doubled in size) and lightly punched down, reshaped a little, and rise 2nd time for 45-60 min (or doubled in size). It only took 30minutes to bake in a 400F oven. By the way, I think the baking soda gives it a slight odd flavor.
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It just came out from the oven perfectly fine!!!! Here are the changes that I've made: ->I...