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Christmas Star Twisted Bread

Swirled with jam, this sweet beauty may look tricky, but it’s not. The best part is opening the oven to find this freshly baked star bread in all its glory. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 3/4 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup 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


  • 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 and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 4 portions. Roll 1 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. of 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 2 adjacent strips and rotate twice outward. Pinch ends together. Repeat with remaining strips.
  • Cover and 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Kickstart the flavor by trying blueberry jam and 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, or blackberry jam and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom.
  • See (and make!) more gorgeous holiday breads.
  • Nutrition 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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    • Jon
      Aug 10, 2020

      Reading that it's not overly flavorful, I was just thinking about incorporating cream cheese in with the jam. I do this with other bread recipes. So what do you think?

    • LPHJKitchen
      Dec 25, 2019

      This recipe was so delicious! While it does look a little intimidating, it is pretty simple and the flavor is amazing! Seriously, it was the hit of our Christmas Brunch this year. I will definitely be making it again and testing different jam flavors!

    • kramerstacey15
      Nov 2, 2019

      Pretty, but not overly flavorful.

    • ms11145
      Dec 27, 2018

      I reviewed this nearly a year ago and wanted to review again. This year I added cinnamon to the dough. Family loved it. Making the star design is fun to do. Seeing the video helped tremendously.

    • tammycookblogsbooks
      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!

    • notkwytafarm
      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!

    • Terry
      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!

    • mothermil2
      Dec 2, 2017

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

    • Beth
      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

    • bprifti
      Nov 19, 2017

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