Step 1: In a mixing bowl, add 1½ cups flour (set the rest aside), ½ cup sugar, anise, orange zest, salt, and yeast and mix together. Set aside.
Step 2: In a small pot or saucepan, heat evaporated milk, water, and butter over low heat until butter is melted. Add to dry ingredients. If it's bubbling or boiling, remove from heat and let cool before adding to dry mixture.
Step 3: Using mixer on medium (or if you have a KitchenAid, the four setting with the bread attachment) mix ingredients until blended.
Step 4: Add eggs and another cup of flour and mix. Every few minutes or so, add in more flour until dough is smooth, not sticky.
Step 5: On a flat surface, dust some flour around and place dough on the surface. Knead for about 10 minutes, using additional flour as needed to keep dough smooth without over drying.
Step 6: Using non-stick cooking spray, lightly spray around a large bowl and place dough inside. Lightly spray some plastic wrap and wrap bowl. (This will keep it from drying out and from sticking once it expands.) Set aside at room temperature for about an hour.
Step 7: Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Step 8: Lightly dust a flat surface with flour again, and place dough on the surface. Start to pound and flatten dough, and then cut into 4 equal pieces. Shape 3 into round shapes and place on a cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed.
Step 9: Using remaining dough, divide into sections to create decorations. You can use your imagination, but the typical decor are skulls and bones. Once your decorations are ready, brush the underside with water and adhere to round dough.
Step 10: Preheat over to 350.
Step 11: In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup sugar and orange juice and bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring frequently. Remove from heat once it boils, and set aside.
Step 12: Remove plastic wrap from cookie sheet and place in oven. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 13: Remove loaves from oven and brush with orange juice syrup. Shake and drizzle sugar on top and let stand for a few minutes.
Step 14: Serve with cafe de olla and enjoy.
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