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Braided Cinnamon Star Bread


Few months ago Gretchen from Gretchen’s Bakery and I decided to  collaborate each month, using a specific ingredient or a theme. This month we are doing all cinnamon theme. I decided to make braided star bread. It turned out beautiful and ooh so delicious.

1 cup warm milk (about 115F), divided into 1/4cup and 3/4 cup
1 packets (1/4 ounce /7grams ) 2 1/4 to 2 1/2tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup (1stick=1/2cup=113grams) unsalted butter, melted
2tbl oil
12tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup (65grams)sugar
2 egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more to coat the work surface as needed
pinch of salt
1 egg + 1tbl water, whisk together to make the egg wash
1cup brown sugar
2tbl cinnamon
3/4 cup room temperature butter
Pastry brush
Vanilla Sugar or brown sugar to sprinkle
  • Sift  flour, add salt and sugar into a bowl of you mixer.
  • Warm 1/4 cup milk, add 1 packages of
    dry yeast into the milk add pinch of sugar, stir and let stand for 5 minutes until bubbles
    form on the surface.
  • In a small dish stir together remaining 3/4 cup warm milk, melted butter, oil, egg yolks, vanilla extract.
  • Add wet ingredients into dry and knead
    on low speed, using a mixer equipped with a hook attachment. Knead until
    smooth and soft  dough forms.
  • Invert dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead with a hand for a few minutes, or so until no longer sticky and it comes into a ball.
  • Oil a large bowl and put the dough into
    the bowl, coat the dough with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let
    the dough rise in a warm place, about an 90 minutes.
  •  This dough is really nice to work with it is soft and shapes very easily.
  • Once the dough has risen, dust the work surface with a little bit of flour, knead the dough until it forms a ball, divide into 4 sections.
  • Roll out each section into a round, butter and spread cinnamon sugar on top. Lay another dough round on the top and repeat.
  • To learn how to make the star shape, watch the video below.
  • Once you have your bread shaped, let it rise again in a warm place for 60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  •  Brush egg wash on the top and sprinkle with some vanilla sugar or regular sugar.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden on the top.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool for 20 minutes, you can cover the bread with a clean towel for this period of time.
  • Transfer onto a plate and serve.

My Cinnamon Star is also part of a collaboration with Gretchen’s Bakery.
You can check out Gretchen’s Recipe for Cinnamon Bread here

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