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A basic cinnamon roll dough is easily transformed into a beautiful star or snowflake shape known as Star Bread. This old European bakery tradition can be filled with lots of different flavors from sweet to savory. We’ve included lots of filling suggestions to get you started as well as a quick video to demonstrate how to shape the bread.

What if I don’t have a stand mixer?

You can knead this dough by hand! Start out by stirring with a spoon until you can’t do it anymore, and then knead it by hand. Just keep on kneading until all the flour is incorporated and/or the dough is soft to the touch and only slightly sticky. It’s a bit of a workout, but it’s worth it!

Topping Options:

  • Basic Glaze (whisk together until drizzle-able consistency)
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2-4 tablespoons milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or other flavored extract)
  • Powdered Sugar
    • Dust semi-cooled loaf with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (whip cheese and butter, then beat in remaining ingredients)
    • 2 ounces softened cream cheese
    • 2 tablespoons softened butter
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Egg Wash (whisk together and brush on top of shaped bread)
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tablespoon water

Savory Filling Options:

  • Garlic Bread (mix all together and spread on each layer)
    • 1/3 cup softened butter
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • Pesto Parmesan (spread butter on each layer and top with pesto and parmesan)
    • 1/4 cup softened butter
    • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Gruyere Onion (spread butter on each layer and top with cheese and onion)
    • 1/4 cup softened butter
    • 1/2 cup caramelized onions
    • 1/2 cup shredded grueyere cheese

Sweet Filling Options:

  • Orange (whip together and spread on each layer)
    • 1/4 cup softened butter
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • Baklava (blend nuts, sugar, and spices and sprinkle on top of butter)
    • 1/2 pound pistachios almonds, walnuts or a combination
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • Nutella (spread on each layer)
    • 1/2 cup nutella
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese (spread cream cheese and top with jam for each layer)
    • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • Almond (whip together and spread on each layer)
    • 1/2 cup almond paste
    • 1/4 cup softened butter
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
A hand taking off a piece of star bread.

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A hand taking off a piece of star bread.
A basic cinnamon roll dough is easily transformed into a beautiful star or snowflake shape known as Star Bread. This old European bakery tradition can be filled with lots of different flavors from sweet to savory. We've included lots of filling suggestions to get you started as well as a quick video to demonstrate how to shape the bread.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Ingredients

Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Cinnamon Filling

  • 1/4 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 /2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Instructions

Dough Recipe

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, and eggs. Add in flour. Use a dough hook and turn on to a low speed.
  • Once the flour starts to incorporate into the dough, increase the speed to a medium range. Add more flour as necessary so that the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough mixture should be soft and tacky, but not stick to your hands. Add more or less flour until the dough reaches the desired consistency. The amount of flour you add in bread making is always an approximation and you should go by feel.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.

Shaping and Baking Instrucitons

  • Take dough and divide it into 4 even pieces. Roll each piece into a large circle, roughly the width of your baking sheet.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • Lay one circle down onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1-2 tablespoons softened butter on top in an even layer, leaving 1/4 inch around the edge of the circle. In a small bowl, stir together cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the butter.
  • Continue layering with the remaining pieces, but leave the 4th and final piece plain on top. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • Use a small 2-inch bowl to mark the center (or eyeball it) and then use a knife to cut 16 equal strands, leaving the small circle in the center.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • Take two of the strands and twist in opposite directions, 2-3 times, and then pinch the edges shut to seal. Continue twisting pieces together until all pieces are twisted and you have a large star shape. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
  • Bake immediately (no rising) in a 350 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Once cooled, serve plain, frost with your favorite frosting, or dust with powdered sugar.⁣⁣
Notes
See website for other flavor variations including fillings and toppings. 
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Course: Bread
Keyword: Star Bread
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