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Cinnamon Sugar and Pecan Star Bread


This Star Bread is a beautiful dessert perfect for the holidays. Layers of soft bread dough rolled out, sandwiched with a cinnamon sugar and pecan filling and shaped into a show stopping design. It is much easier to make than you would think. Your friends and family will love you ! I promise!

Total Time:


  • Prep 30 mins

  • Rising and resting time 1 hr 50 mins

  • Baking time 25 mins

  • Total time 2 hours 45 mins




Equipment:


  • Baking Pan ( I used a 17 x12 inch tray) anything larger than 10 inches with some depth to catch juices while baking

  • Parchment paper

  • Rolling Pin

  • pizza cutter (optional)



Ingredients:



  • Bread Dough

  • 4 Tbsp / 1/4 cup / 50 g sugar

  • 1 1/4 tsp Dry Active Yeast

  • 2/3 cup / 150 ml whole milk warm ( 105 -110 F)

  • 4 Tbsp / 56 g unsalted butter softened

  • 1 egg at room temperature

  • 2 1/2 cup flour ( a little extra for dusting)

  • 1 tsp salt

  • Cinnamon Sugar and Pecan Filling

  • 1/2 cup pecans finely chopped

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon

  • Egg Wash

  • 1 egg

  • 1 Tbsp Milk

  • Sugar Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Dipping Icing (optional)

  • 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar

  • 2 Tbsp milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract





METHOD:


  • Mix the sugar , yeast and warm milk. Cover with a damp cloth and set aside for about 5 mins in a warm place. The top of the mixture will become pale brown, slightly frothy and will release a smell

  • Next add the softened butter and egg and mix

  • Add the flour and salt and combine

  • With the dough hook attachment of a stand mixer knead for about 5 mins

  • If kneading by hand it will take about 8 to 10 minutes on a floured surface to avoid sticking

  • Rub some oil in a bowl, put the dough in , cover with a damp cloth and leave in a warm place (no draft) to rise for about a 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Filling

  • While the dough is rising make the filling

  • chop the pecans finely

  • Mix the brown sugar and butter till combined, add the cinnamon and mix , cover and set aside

  • Back to dough

  • Once the dough is risen, lightly punch it to knock the air out

  • Divide it into four equal pieces

  • Form them into 4 balls, cover with cling wrap and work on one at a time

  • Dust your surface with flour and roll out the ball to a 10 inch circle

  • Transfer it to a parchment paper and add a think layer of the filling and sprinkle the pecans on top

  • Repeat this process, stacking till you have 3 layers of filling and 4 rolled out circles

  • If circle is loosing shape ,trim the edges with a pizza cutter to make it neat

  • take a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter or glass and lightly mark the center with it

  • with a sharp knife make slits till the rim of the circle.

  • First divide the circle in 4 and make 4 slits equal distance

  • then 4 more

  • and then 8 more

  • Take two strips twist them outward twice and join the ends together and pinch

  • Repeat and go all the way around like that till the bread looks like a star

  • lightly cover with cling wrap and let it rest for 20 mins

  • Preheat oven to 350 F

  • Brush egg wash over bread and after resting bake for about 20 -25 mins till golden brown

  • while in the oven make sugar syrup by boiling sugar and water together

  • when bread is out of the oven brush with sugar syrup

  • Make the optional dipping icing by combining the confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla

  • Best served warm

Enjoy!











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