Easy Star Bread Recipe

This is an easy star bread recipe for a soft sweet bread that looks very festive


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Farmers market where we discovered the easy star fig bread
Farmers market

TRAVELING IN ITALY

Rome, Italy. We were staying right next to a famous market. In a nearby bakery, we discovered a star shaped bread. We loved the look of this bread and recreated it when we got back home.


BASIC SWEET BREAD DOUGH

This recipe is made from a basic sweet bread dough, and for this version we used fig jam and fresh figs. We researched the science and techniques behind the recipe and used tips from exceptional chefs. Then we used the best ingredients we could find to create this recipe. For certain products, the choice of brand will make a big difference in the outcome of the recipe and in your carbon footprint. So, for those products, we have listed the brand. We are not paid to mention a brand and have no affiliates. For more ideas, see our other posts about recipes inspired by travel.

Easy Star Bread Recipe
Easy Star Bread Recipe
Easy Star Bread Recipe
Easy Star Bread Recipe

EASY STAR BREAD RECIPE

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Resting time: 1 day
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: figs, star bread
Servings: 16
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Lisa LeCoump

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For certain products, the choice of brand will make a big difference in the outcome of the recipe and in your carbon footprint. So, for those products, we have listed the brand. We are not paid to mention a brand and have no affiliates.

Ingredients

FILLING

  • 250 grams fig jam

TOPPING

Instructions

DOUGH

  • Combine flour, sugar and salt in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  • Heat the milk to lukewarm (about 95 degrees F). Check the temperature with a thermometer. Whisk the yeast into the milk. Pour the milk into the flour mixture. Add the lemon zest and melted butter.
  • Mix on low speed for 1 minute.
  • Switch to the dough hook. Increase speed and mix on medium low for 4 minutes.
  • Increase speed and mix on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Knead the dough for 1 minute on a lightly oiled surface and form it into a ball.
  • Put the dough in a clean, lightly oiled bowl with enough room for it to double in size. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 4 days.

ON BAKING DAY

  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Divide into four equal pieces and form them into balls. Cover them with plastic and let them rest for 20 minutes.
  • On a floured surface, roll out each ball into a flat circle about 10 inches across. If it resists, let it rest for a minute and then continue rolling.
  • Place one of the circles on a sheet of parchment paper. Spread about a third of the jam on top. Place another circle on top of the first and spread with jam. Then the third circle and spread with jam. Then top with the fourth circle.
  • Place a glass, that is about 2 1/2 inces across, in the center of the circle. Cut all the way through the dough from the edge of the glass to the edge of the circle, dividing the dough into 16 equal sections with an uncut area in the center.
  • Remove the glass and select two sections that are side by side. Twist the two sections away from each other, twisting them two full rotations and then pinching them together at the tip. Continue around the rest of the circle until all of the sections are pinched together in this way.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm place for about an hour and a half.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wisk the egg with a Tablespoon of water, and brush it over the dough. Sprinkle the dough with the sugar. Cut the figs in half, removing the stems, and place them on each point of the star. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the bread and parchment to a rack to cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 409mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg

WHY THIS RECIPE IS SUSTAINABLE:

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Nutrition Facts
EASY STAR BREAD RECIPE
Amount per Serving
Calories
358
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
30
mg
10
%
Sodium
 
409
mg
18
%
Potassium
 
155
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
65
g
22
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
23
g
26
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
Vitamin A
 
269
IU
5
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
56
mg
6
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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