The holidays are not over yet (or at least, I’m certainly still eating and baking like they’re not!) and I knew I had to fit in this Holiday Star Bread! I had seen images of it and bookmarked them (let’s be serious, I have a Google doc of recipes I want to make….) several times.
The bread tasted and looked amazing, but a few things I would have liked someone to tell me before I had started, so here it is for you:
- This bread really gave me a run for my money. All in all, it probably took about 4 hours to make with several breaks to let the dough rise (again and again).
- It is a bread. It says it in the name. For some reason I had gotten it into my head that this would be a small bread / more like a large cookie as far as size and consistency. I really have no idea where I got that from, but to be clear, this is a full on bread.
- Re: taste (and per the above note), it’s not what I expected. It’s more like a loaf of cinnamon rolls (although I did mine with jam). Not a bad thing at all, but just trying to give a sense of what this will look like / taste like as I was so far off base!
- It is huge. I likely let mine rise longer than needed, which didn’t help my cause here, but my final Holiday Star Bread was the size of a full pizza, and I just couldn’t believe it!
I winged my recipe a little bit, but mostly followed this recipe by Bread in Five. Here they call for a cinnamon sugar layer in between the dough layers, but on Instagram the same baker had shared an image with raspberry jam in between the layers, which was gorgeous and gave it more of a holiday feel, so I went that route. I used Bonne Maman raspberry jam, and used the whole jar (in hindsight, probably a little much, but I wouldn’t do too much less as it does cook down a bit and you want to have that flavor last after the baking).
I also used the White Bread Master Recipe as the base. As she notes in her recipe, it would likely be best with a “crustier” recipe (and she shares a few others!), but nonetheless, the white bread worked well. This may have also contributed to the “cinnamon roll” feeling that I was getting from mine.
At the end of the day, it’s a gorgeous piece and a complete showstopper, just be ready as making this is no light task and will take considerable time!
You can find the full recipe here.
Happy baking and happy holidays! If you try it out, let me know how it goes!