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Star Bread

Watch here for my quick video to see the process in action!

This rich bread yeast bread is both striking and delicious! And don't wait for the holidays to create one! It's much easier to make than it looks, I will take you through the process with the video, printable recipe, and step by step pictures.

Here, discs of dough rolled out to 10-12 inch circles are spread with raspberry jam, BUT another wonderful thing about this celebratory loaf...use a filling of your choice, either sweet or savory. Jelly/jam, melted chocolate, cinnamon sugar, pestos, nut butters, guava long as it is smooth and spreadable, and will adhere to the dough when you twist it, you're all set. VERSATILE and memorable.

A hint to all you lovely yeast bakers...the more you bake in your kitchen, the more yeast spores are in that creative space, so keep making bread, you will be surprised at how quickly your breads rise!


Recipe and picture tutorial:

Total Prep Time: 20 minutes (resting time for the dough before shaping adds an additional hour.

Yield: one 10-12 inch round loaf, 8 "star point" servings.


1 cup warm whole milk (warm means you dip you finger in the milk, it is very warm, but NOT hot.

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 large egg, at room temperature (bring the chilled egg to room temp by placing the egg in a very warm water bath. By touch, the water will be very warm, but not hot enough for you to need to remove your finger.) I love these little tricks we learn along the way, they will serve you well as you explore baking.

Add Optional bread flavoring to mixture before adding flour and salt:

For sweet breads: 1/2-1 teaspoon flavor this, it really adds to the nuanced flavor of the bread. I only add PURE extracts, some examples; vanilla, maple, ...a little bit goes a long way.

For savory breads, add some ground savory seasonings, black pepper, cumin, thyme, oregano.

3 1/2 - 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour. I prefer King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour.

1 teaspoon salt

The layered filling:

Here is where you get creative. The most important thing is you want a filling that can be spreadable in a thin layer, and then sliced and twisted. HAVE FUN WITH THIS creative culinary aspect.

Filling Ideas:

Smooth jams and jellies, melted chocolate, spiced butters, savory pestos, chili pastes...use enough to thinly spread on the bread rounds 3 times.

Egg Wash for top of bread:

1 large egg

1-2 teaspoons water

Optional: For sweet bread, after baking, dust with granulated or powdered sugar.


Make the dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the dough hook attachment, add warm milk and yeast. With a wire whisk, gently whisk the yeast and milk together for a few seconds. Let stand f