Cinnamon Star Bread
Scrolling through Instagram I have stumbled upon several different versions of this "Star Bread", all equally beautiful and enticing. Having absolutely no clue how to make one, I decided to give it a try:) The results were slightly disproportional though recognizable with a great cinnamon flavor!
This recipe is an adaption of King Arthur Flour's 'cinnamon star bread' post. If your thinking it looks too complicate, don't worry the steps are easy and you will be pleasantly surprised!
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
3/4 cup to 1 cup lukewarm water
4 Tbsp unsalted butter (room temp)
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
- Sift flour and condensed milk in to bowl, to prevent lumps. Add remaining dough ingredients. Mix and knead by hand or with mixer, until dough is soft and smooth.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let ride for one hour, or until dough has doubled in size.
- Next cut dough into four four equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, cover the balls, and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.
- In a separate bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon.
- On a floured service, roll out one peice of dough into a 10" circle.
- Gently transfer to a parchment paper lined baking tray.
- Brush a thin layer of beaten egg on to first circle of dough leaving a 1/4" bare rim. Then, evenly sprinkle cinnamon/sugar across the wash.
- Roll out second circle and repeat process twice more. Place the fourth dough circle on top. Brush a small amount of wash across the top layer without adding the cinnamon/sugar.
- Place a 2 1/2"-3" round cutter or drinking glass in the center of dough circle. Press down enough to leave a circular imprint.
- Take a sharp knife and cut the dough into 16 equal strips. Use the round imprint as a guide for a stopping point to keep from cutting into the center. (you can leave cutter or glass on dough if your worried bout cutting to far)
- I found it easiest to cut the dough into 4 quadrants and then continue to split those 4 into an additional 4 even quadrants. (its ok if not perfect!)
- Using two hands, pick up two adjacent dough strips and twist them away from each other twice so that the top side is facing up again. Repeat with the remaining strips of dough so that you end up with eight pairs of strips.
- Pinch the paired ends together and shape into an overlapping star point.
- Now that your star is assembled, make sure to remove glass or cutter from center. (cover star and let sit for 45 minutes or until pastry has "puffed")
- Brush star with a layer of the beaten egg. (i try not to go over the cinnamon, but just lightly coat the dough)
- Bake star at 400 F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. The center should reach 200 F to insure properly baked dough.
- Transfer to baking sheet and cool for 15 min.
- Jump for joy at your beautfl bread creation! (yes i did)
*Recipe adapted from kingarthurflour.com