How to make star bread
This star bread is simple and easy to make;its so soft and fluffy, filled with cinnamon sugar and its a beautiful twisted bread for your holiday table.
- 1 tsp instant or active dry yeast
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 150 ml whole milk
- 50 g unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 310 g all-purpose flour 2 and 1/2 cups
- 1 tsp salt
- Spread 1 Tablespoon of very soft unsalted butter onto each of the 3 circles(optional).
- 65 g granulated sugar 1/3 cup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
Prepare the dough
Lets combine all the ingredients together.Whisk together the Warm milk and egg and then add sugar,salt,yeast ,very soft butter or melted butter and flour.Just combine everything together and then we need to knead the dough.While making any sort of bread it is not necessary to go very strict on the measurements,we can add little more(2 or 3 tablespoons) flour if the dough is too sticky or we can add little more milk or water if you feel the dough is too tough.But we should know the consistency of the final dough.Our final dough should be soft and supple and elastic enough to withstand all the stretching and puffing later.You can use a stand mixer to do this or you can knead the dough by hand.
Place in a slightly warm environment to rise until doubled in size, around 60-90 minutes. For this warm spot, I suggest using the oven.Either you can place the dough inside the oven with oven light on orYou can Preheat the oven to 150°F, then turn the oven off after preheating. Place the covered bowl inside and shut the oven door. This can provide a good warm environment.
Divide and shape the dough
Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.Roll each out into a rough 10-inch circle. Stack them on top of each other with your filling between each. There will be 4 layers of dough and 3 layers of filling.Shaping :As you saw in the video, this isn’t tricky! Cut any scraps around the edges so you have an even circle. Place a 2 1/2 inch round object or bowl in the center to make an indent. This is the center of the star. Using a pizza cutter a sharp knife, cut 16 even strips.while cutting,we need make sure the dough is cut into all the layers ;otherwise you will find it difficult to shape while twisting the strips. Grab two strips and twist them twice ;away from each other, then press the two ends together. Your star bread will have 8 points.
Bake the bread
Bake for about 22-25 minutes or until golden brown on top. If you notice the top or points browning too quickly, loosely tent the star bread with aluminum foil. Remove the loaf from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.Brush with some melted butter while the bread is still warm and dust confectioners' sugar on top and enjoy warm.