Pour warmed milk into a bowl. Mix in 1 yeast packet, 1 cup flour and ¼ cup sugar. Let the mixture proof for an hour.
Add 7 cups flour, ground almonds, salt, orange zest, ground aniseed, cardamon and the rest of the sugar.
Create a well. Combine 1 packet of yeast eggs and melted butter. Work from the center to the outside until dough forms.
Use flour to dust a workspace. Knead the dough until it doesn’t stick to your hands and fingers. This may take about 10 - 15 minutes.
Oil a bowl. Place dough and cover with cloth. Let the dough rise for about 2 hours in a warm, draftless place. Punch the dough down. It should have doubled in size.
Evenly divide dough into 6 balls. Roll out into strips.
Connect three strips by pinching the top. Braid the strips, then pinch the bottom to reconnect.
Follow the same steps to make your second braided loaf.
If you want this to be a traditional Greek Easter Bread, add 2 red-dyed eggs into the braids.
Put the dough on parchment paper and cover. Let rise for 2 hours. It will double in size.
Preheat to 360 degrees F.