Christmas Star Twisted Bread Recipe

4 21 15
Christmas Star Twisted Bread Recipe
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Christmas Star Twisted Bread Recipe

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This gorgeous sweet bread swirled with jam may look tricky, but it’s not. The best part is opening the oven to find this star-shaped beauty in all its glory. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
Recommended: 33 Cozy Holiday Breads
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

Dissolve yeast in warm water until foamy. In another bowl, combine milk, egg, butter, sugar and salt; add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll one portion into a 12-in. circle. Place on a greased 14-in. pizza pan. Spread with one-third of the jam to within 1/2 in. from edge. Repeat twice, layering dough and jam, and ending with final portion of dough.
Place a 2-1/2-in. round cutter on top of the dough in center of circle (do not press down). With a sharp knife, make 16 evenly spaced cuts from round cutter to edge of dough, forming a starburst. Remove cutter; grasp two strips and rotate twice outward. Pinch ends together. Repeat with remaining strips.
Cover with plastic wrap; let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake until golden brown, 18-22 minutes. (Watch during final 5 minutes for any dripping.) Remove from oven; brush with melted butter, avoiding areas where jam is visible. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor’s Note: Kickstart the flavor by trying blueberry jam and 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, or blackberry jam and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom.
Originally published as Christmas Star Twisted Bread in Taste of Home November 2016, p46

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 193 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Confectioners' sugar
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water until foamy. In another bowl, combine milk, egg, butter, sugar and salt; add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four portions. Roll one portion into a 12-in. circle. Place on a greased 14-in. pizza pan. Spread with one-third of the jam to within 1/2 in. from edge. Repeat twice, layering dough and jam, and ending with final portion of dough.
  4. Place a 2-1/2-in. round cutter on top of the dough in center of circle (do not press down). With a sharp knife, make 16 evenly spaced cuts from round cutter to edge of dough, forming a starburst. Remove cutter; grasp two strips and rotate twice outward. Pinch ends together. Repeat with remaining strips.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake until golden brown, 18-22 minutes. (Watch during final 5 minutes for any dripping.) Remove from oven; brush with melted butter, avoiding areas where jam is visible. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor’s Note: Kickstart the flavor by trying blueberry jam and 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, or blackberry jam and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom.
Originally published as Christmas Star Twisted Bread in Taste of Home November 2016, p46

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tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 283257
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2018

"Be sure to read through the directions thoroughly before starting to form the star shape. The end result tastes great and is beautiful!"

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notkwytafarm User ID: 6962984 281582
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2018

"Made this for Christmas and also gave one as a gift and the praises were flowing! Making it again for a brunch this Sunday after church! It's a keeper! I imagine you can substitute many different fillings/spreads with in reason for the style of bread it is. Loved it!"

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Terry User ID: 9357367 279112
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2017

"Didn't make this yet, but for those looking for a video... this isn't in English, nor is it a video, but the pictures pretty much show how to do the twisting. I will be trying this soon, so will update review when I do!

http://www.webopskrifter.dk/opskrifter/kanelstjerne-opskrift-21764/"

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[email protected] User ID: 7108370 278598
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2017

"Where do you find the video for this? I need to see the process. Thanks."

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Beth User ID: 9316661 278303
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2017

"love I just made this for our Thanksgiving dinner Tomar and I don't think it will last till than sticky fingers around lol. Will def make it again, I have a conv oven baked for 18 mins"

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bprifti User ID: 6361481 277996
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2017

"Beautiful bread and after watching the video a couple of times made it very easy."

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Mamaleone User ID: 8905330 276840
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2017

"SUGGESTION : Google "Star bread" video the recipe might be different, but the technique is the same."

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Susan User ID: 9286917 276439
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2017

"BigRon2 is absolutely right-video please!"

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BigRon2 User ID: 8300552 274585
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2017

"you should have a video on forming the star"

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 259343
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"After reading some of the reviews, I was worried about the baking clear through. No problem here. I will definitely be making this again. I subbed strawberry preserves because family would like it better and I also used more than the called amount."

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