Every year, my next door neighbor hosts a New Years Eve party. If you have ever hosted a party of any sort, you know how much work goes into the prep and planning and how exhausting it can be to host. Knowing that this particular party always includes adults and kids staying up late, I thought making a breakfast basket for my neighbor and her family would be a perfect hostess gift.
This year, I decided to make chocolate croissants and an impressive looking and most delicious cinnamon star bread. I am so thankful to have wonderful neighbors and friends to celebrate with! What better way to show thanks than with a freshly baked breakfast! I wrapped the cinnamon star bread in saran wrap, boxed up the chocolate croissants, and put them in a basket along with a bottle of fresh squeezed orange juice from a local grocery store.
The cinnamon star bread is much easier to make than it looks! It is a sweet dough with a cinnamon sugar filling and a soft and tender interior. It is sure to impress all with taste and appearance!
Cinnamon Star Bread
3/4 cup + 2 to 4 tablespoons (7-8 oz) lukewarm water, enough to make a soft, smooth dough
2 cups (8 1/2 oz) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons)(2 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon Buttery Sweet Dough Flavor*, optional; for enhanced flavor
2 teaspoons instant yeast,
2 tablespoons (7/8 oz) sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1 1/4 oz) nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup (1 5/8 oz) potato flour or 1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup (2 1/4 oz) cinnamon sugar
1. To make the dough: Combine all of the dough ingredients and mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a soft, smooth dough.
2. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 60 minutes, until it’s nearly doubled in bulk.
3. Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, cover the balls, and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.
4. On a lightly greased or floured work surface, roll one piece of dough into a 10″ circle. Place the circle on a piece of parchment, brush a thin coat of beaten egg on the surface, then evenly sprinkle with 1/3 of the cinnamon-sugar, leaving 1/4″ of bare dough around the perimeter.
5. Roll out a second circle the same size as the first, and place it on top of the filling-covered circle.
6.Repeat the layering process — egg, cinnamon sugar, dough circle — leaving the top circle bare.
7. Place a 2 1/2″ to 3″ round cutter in the center of the dough circle as a guide. With a bench knife or sharp knife, cut the circle into 16 equal strips, from the cutter to the edge, through all the layers.
Repeat with the remaining strips of dough so that you end up with eight pairs of strips. Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a star-like shape with eight points. Remove the cutter.
9. Transfer the star on the parchment to a baking sheet. Cover the star and let it rise until it becomes noticeably puffy, about 45 minutes. While the star is rising, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
10. Brush the star with a thin coat of the beaten egg. Bake it for 12 to 15 minutes, until it’s nicely golden with dark brown cinnamon streaks; the center should register 200°F on a digital thermometer.
Recipe Source: King Arthur Flour
*See my tips and techniques page about how to measure flour if you are not weighing your ingredients.
*Don’t be afraid to tackle this bread! It is much easier than it looks!
How can you bless others with cinnamon star bread:
- Give it as a hostess gift
- Make it for a brunch you are hosting or it bring it to a brunch you are attending
- Make it as a special treat for your co-workers
- Make it on Saturday evening for your family to enjoy for an extra special Sunday breakfast.