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Cinnamon Star Bread

Cinnamon star bread on a marble countertop

This beautiful cinnamon star bread recipe is shockingly easy to create. It’s perfect for so many occasions—from holiday breakfast to a regular old Saturday brunch.

This recipe is an adaptation of one from my in my book Holiday and Celebration Breads in Five Minutes a Day using this White Bread Master Recipe. You can watch me make this in the Breakfast Basics episode (Season 2, episode 2) of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network!

This episode is now streaming on Magnolia Network on discovery+ and will be released on cable later this year.

Cinnamon Star Bread

Cinnamon Star Bread

This cinnamon star bread looks complicated and fancy, so you'll be surprised at just how simple it is to make!
4.50 from 4 votes

Ingredients

Enriched Dough

  • 7 1/2 cups (1,065 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (10 grams) yeast
  • 1 tbsp (17 grams) kosher salt
  • 3 cups (680 grams) lukewarm water
  • 1/4 cup oil

Star Bread

  • 2 lbs enriched dough
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • Soft butter for brushing

Instructions

Enriched Dough

  • Mix the flour, granulated sugar, yeast, salt, water, and oil in a 6-quart lidded container or a 5-quart stand mixer. Allow the dough to double in size, about 2 hours.

Shape Star Bread

  • Divide 2 pounds of the enriched dough into four 1/2-pound pieces. Store the rest of the dough in the refrigerator for another use. Roll the pieces into balls, and let rest for 15 minutes, covered with plastic wrap.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon until well combined. In another bowl, prepare the egg wash by beating the egg with a tablespoon of water.
  • With a rolling pin, roll out the dough balls into 12-inch circles. Place one of the circles on a piece of parchment paper. Brush with some of the egg wash using a pastry brush, and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  • Place another circle on top of the first circle, and brush with egg wash and sprinkle with another 1/3 of cinnamon-sugar filling. Repeat with one more circle, then place the final circle on top.
  • Place a small bowl or biscuit cutter, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, in the center of the circle, and then use a bench scraper to cut the circle into 16 equal strips, cutting through all the layers.
  • Once you’ve cut all of the strips, remove the biscuit cutter and add a final layer of egg wash to the top to create a nice golden-brown crust.
  • Take two pieces of dough and twist them away from each other twice. Pinch the ends of the pairs of strips firmly together. Repeat around the whole circle to create the star (you should end up with 8 points).
  • Transfer the star on the parchment to a baking sheet. Cover the star gently with plastic wrap and let rise for about 1 hour, until a bit puffy. During this time, preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and brush with soft butter using a pastry brush. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes.

Notes

Holiday and Celebration Bread in Five Minutes a Day: Sweet and Decadent Baking for Every Occasion” by Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg © St. Martin’s Press 2018. Provided courtesy of Zoë François. All rights reserved.
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12 thoughts to “Cinnamon Star Bread”

  1. Can you kindly tell me how long this dough will last in the refrigerator, and if I want to make just one Star Bread, do I cut the recipe in half?

    1. Hi Pat! Enriched dough lasts in the fridge for about 5 days and can be stored in 1 lb portions in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. It won’t be exactly the same size as Zoë’s, but you could halve the enriched dough to make just 1 star bread. Happy baking!

  2. Can you clarify the amount of water needed in this recipe? The recipe calls for 3 cups (380 grams). This is confusing, three cups of water would be about 700 grams.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for catching this. You are correct. It should be 680 grams, not 380. I have updated the recipe to reflect this!

  3. Zoe’s recipes often call for kosher salt. Can you provide the brand she uses? Diamond Crystal and Morton’s aren’t interchangeable. Thanks for your help,

      1. Thanks! I am about to try a couple recipes from Zoë Bakes Cakes and this information is really helpful.

  4. Good morning
    I enjoy watching “ Zoe Bakes” on Sunday.
    This recipe looks wonderful
    I’d like to make this star bread, but only make enough dough for the actual bread, not to have left over. Is there a recipe for a single bread recipe? Thank you very much

    1. Hi Sarki! It won’t be exactly the same size, but you could halve the recipe for the enriched dough to make just 1 star bread. Enjoy!

  5. 3 stars
    Is this recipe, Star Bread, on air or a video?
    I would love to try this recipe but the technique is slightly confusing to me.

    1. Hi Yvette, yes Zoë demonstrates the technique in Zoe Bakes season 2 episode 2, Breakfast Basics. You can also see it demonstrated here. Cheers!

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