Right here is my examined recipe and video tutorial educating you ways to make star bread. This lovely vacation brunch recipe is surprisingly straightforward and impresses everybody!
Among the best elements of my summer time was visiting Kansas with a number of different baking bloggers. It was the most effective expertise! We toured wheat farms with Kansas Wheat and baked with Purple Star Yeast, certainly one of my beloved companions. There I discovered how to make star bread, one of the beautiful bread creations. Really a bit of artwork. Carb artwork.
Star Bread Video Tutorial
I’ve all the time admired this lovely bread, however was intimidated to attempt it. It’s so intricate and appears unattainable, proper? Had I by no means watched the method, I might’ve NEVER knew how EASY it’s!! And at the moment I’m displaying you ways to recreate this masterpiece in a couple of easy steps.
Principally… if you understand how to use a knife or pizza cutter, you understand how to make star bread.
How to Make Star Bread in Four Steps
- Make a easy 7 ingredient dough and let it rise for 90 minutes. We’re utilizing the identical dough from Every thing Bagel Pull Aside Bread, however including a bit of extra sugar and butter since that is meant to be candy. It’s a small-batch dough recipe, good for our star bread. After the dough rises for 90 minutes, punch it down to launch the air bubbles. (Watch me do that within the video above.)
- Roll out the star bread. Divide the dough into Four equal items. Roll every out right into a tough 10-inch circle. Stack them on prime of one another together with your filling between every. There shall be Four layers of dough and Four layers of filling.
- Form the star bread. As you noticed within the video, this isn’t tough! Reduce any scraps across the edges so you’ve a fair circle. Place a Three inch spherical object or bowl within the middle to make an indent. That is the middle of the star. Utilizing a pizza cutter, minimize 16 even strips. Seize two strips and twist them away from one another, then press the 2 ends collectively. Your star bread may have eight factors.
- Let it relaxation for 20 minutes, then bake. Cowl the formed bread and let it relaxation for 20 minutes earlier than brushing with egg wash and baking. Egg wash guarantees a superbly shiny and golden star bread!
This can be a SHORTCUT Bread Recipe
We’re slicing down the rise time, which makes this star bread course of even faster. Formed breads like pull aside bread or cinnamon rolls, sometimes require 2 rises. A 1st rise for the dough, then a 2nd rise after the dough is formed. I discovered this to be problematic with star bread. The 2nd rise gave the dough an excessive amount of time to puff up, inflicting the bread to lose its pretty form when baked.
As an alternative, simply cowl the formed star bread and let it relaxation for about 20 minutes earlier than baking. That’s it! Simply 20 minutes, the right period of time to clear up and preheat the oven.
- This considerably cuts down on our prep time. Yay!
- Guarantees the bread holds its form!
Star Bread Fillings!
Pictured in the present day is a Nutella star bread and cinnamon sugar star bread. There’s many choices when it comes to fillings, however crucial factor to keep in mind is to prime every layer frivolously. For those who go too heavy on the filling, it should spill out all over the place.
- cinnamon sugar
- your favourite jam
- butter + brown sugar + crystallized ginger (that is how we made it in Kansas!)
- apple butter or pumpkin butter
- chai spice
- butter + cinnamon sugar + walnuts + dates
- cinnamon sugar + orange zest + recent or dried cranberries
- savory similar to pesto, tomato sauce, cheese, herbs, and so forth
*Make positive any chunks are very finely chopped.
Isn’t the Nutella star bread fairly? Jogs my memory of Nutella babka, however simpler to form. Clearly the Nutella variation was excellent, however the cinnamon sugar star bread was pure consolation meals. Paired with a buttery tender dough, you possibly can’t go mistaken with any filling.
A dusting of confectioners’ sugar completes the star. Seems like a snowflake, doesn’t it? You can additionally drizzle some vanilla icing on prime, raspberry danish twist bread fashion. 😉
Be the *star* of your vacation get togethers with this straightforward star bread recipe!
(So corny, I couldn’t assist myself.)
Make Forward Choices
- Refrigerate dough for up to 1-2 days. Put together bread dough by way of step Three under. After it has risen, punch the dough down to launch the air bubbles. Cowl the dough tightly, then place it within the fridge for up to 2 days. When prepared, take away the dough from the fridge and let it sit on the counter, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Punch the dough down once more to launch any air bubbles. Then, proceed with step 5 under.
- Freeze dough for up to Three months. Put together bread dough by means of step Three under. After it has risen, punch the dough down to launch the air bubbles. Cowl the dough tightly, then place it within the freezer for up to Three months. When prepared, thaw the bread in a single day within the fridge. Take away the dough from the fridge and let it sit on the counter, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Punch the dough down once more to launch any air bubbles. Then, proceed with step 5 under.
- 2 teaspoons on the spot or lively dry yeast*
- Three Tablespoons granulated sugar
- Three/Four cup (180ml) entire milk
- 1/Four cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 giant egg
- 2 and 1/Three cups (290g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus extra as wanted
- 1 teaspoon salt
- filling (see recipe notice)
- egg wash: 1 giant egg crushed with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
- 2 Tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- Make the dough: Place the yeast and sugar within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Or, if you don’t personal a stand mixer, a daily giant mixing bowl. Warmth the milk on the range or within the microwave till heat to contact, about 110°F (43°C). Pour heat milk on prime of yeast/sugar. Whisk gently to mix, then loosely cowl with a clear kitchen towel and permit to sit for 5-10 minutes. The combination can be frothy after 5-10 minutes.
- In case you would not have a mixer, you possibly can combine by hand on this step. Add the butter, egg, flour, and salt. Beat on low velocity for Three minutes. Dough might be mushy. Utilizing calmly floured palms, type it right into a ball. If the dough is just too sticky to deal with, add 1-Three extra Tablespoons of flour, however you need a very delicate dough.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl (nonstick spray is ok) and canopy with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place in a barely heat surroundings to rise till doubled in measurement, round 60-90 minutes. For this heat spot, I recommend utilizing the oven. Preheat to 200°F (93°C), then flip the oven off after preheating. Place the coated bowl inside and shut the oven door. That is your heat setting.
- Put together filling: Line a big baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and put together your star bread filling. See all my choices within the recipe notes under.
- Assemble the bread: Watch the video above to information you thru this step. Punch down the dough to launch the air. Place dough on a flippantly floured work floor. Divide into Four equal items and, with a floured rolling pin, roll every out into a skinny 10-inch circle. Place the underside circle on ready baking sheet. If it misplaced its circle form, use your arms to type the sides again right into a spherical form. Prime with filling, then layer the remaining circles and filling on prime. The highest layer doesn’t have filling on it, so solely Three of the Four circles will probably be topped with filling. Utilizing a pointy knife or pizza cutter, reduce any scraps across the edges so you have got a fair circle. Place a Three inch spherical object or bowl within the middle and make an indent. That is the middle of the star. Now it is time to minimize strips from the sting to the middle Three-inch circle. Utilizing a pizza cutter, minimize 16 even strips. Utilizing each palms, seize two strips and twist them away from one another twice, then press the 2 ends collectively to make some extent. Your star bread may have eight factors.
- Cowl the formed bread with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and let it relaxation for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
- Bake the bread: Utilizing a pastry brush, frivolously brush the star bread with egg wash. This ensures a superbly shiny golden brown bread. Bake for 30-35 minutes or till golden brown on prime. Take away from the oven and funky for five minutes.
- Mud confectioners’ sugar on prime and luxuriate in heat. Cowl and retailer leftover star bread at room temperature for 1-2 days or within the fridge for Four-5 days.
Make forward directions: Refrigerate dough for up to 1-2 days or freeze up to Three months. Put together bread dough by means of step Three under. After it has risen, punch the dough down to launch the air bubbles. Cowl the dough tightly, then place it within the fridge for up to 2 days or within the freezer for up to Three months. When prepared, thaw the bread in a single day within the fridge. (If frozen.) Take away the dough from the fridge and let it sit on the counter, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Punch the dough down once more to launch any air bubbles. Then, proceed with step 5.
I all the time use Pink Star Platinum yeast, an immediate yeast. If utilizing lively dry yeast, the rise occasions might be barely longer.
The highest layer doesn’t have filling on it, so solely prime Three of the Four formed circles.
- Cinnamon Sugar: Unfold 1 Tablespoon of softened unsalted butter onto every of the three circles. Combine 1/Four cup (50g) granulated sugar with half teaspoon floor cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over butter on every circle.
- Nutella: Unfold 1 heaping Tablespoon of Nutella onto every of the three circles. Nutella is troublesome to unfold onto gentle dough, so heat it up within the microwave for a couple of seconds till it is a spreadable consistency.
- Your favourite jam: Unfold 1 Tablespoon of jam onto every of the three circles.
- Butter, Brown Sugar, + Ginger: Unfold 1 Tablespoon of softened unsalted butter onto every of the three circles. Combine Three Tablespoons packed mild or darkish brown sugar with half teaspoon floor cinnamon and 1 Tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger. Sprinkle evenly over butter on every circle.
- Apple Butter or Pumpkin Butter: Unfold 1 heaping Tablespoon onto every of the three circles.
- Chai Spice: Unfold 1 Tablespoon of softened unsalted butter onto every of the three circles. Combine Three Tablespoons granulated sugar with 1/Four teaspoon every floor cinnamon, floor ginger, floor cardamom, and floor allspice. Sprinkle evenly over butter on every circle.
- Butter + Cinnamon Sugar + Walnuts + Dates: Unfold 1 Tablespoon of softened unsalted butter onto every of the three circles. Combine Three Tablespoons packed brown or granulated sugar with 1/Four teaspoon floor cinnamon, and a couple of Tablespoons every finely chopped walnuts and pitted dates. Sprinkle evenly over butter on every circle.
- Cinnamon sugar + Orange Zest + Recent or Dried Cranberries: Unfold 1 Tablespoon of softened unsalted butter onto every of the three circles. Combine Three Tablespoons packed brown or granulated sugar with 1/Four teaspoon floor cinnamon, 2 teaspoons orange zest, and three Tablespoons finely chopped recent or dried cranberries. Sprinkle evenly over butter on every circle.
- Savory: Scale back sugar within the dough to 1 Tablespoon. Unfold 1 heaping Tablespoon of tomato sauce or pesto onto every of the three circles. (Attempt my kale pesto!). Prime every with a light-weight layer of shredded cheese, herbs, and/or chopped pepperoni.
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Listed here are some gadgets I used to make in the present day’s recipe.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 2-cup Glass Measuring Cup | Bench Scraper | Marble Rolling Pin | Pizza Cutter | Baking Sheet | Pastry Brush