Spiced Apple Star Bread is a sweet buttery bread loaded with warm cinnamon and plump apples that’s fun to make. It looks holiday special but perfect at any time.
This Cinnamon Star Bread is soft and tender and tastes like a cinnamon roll loaded with fresh apple.
With the fall spices and brown sugar it’s like a caramel apple without the stick.
This star shaped bread is perfect for a holiday morning but easy enough to make when you’re craving a delicious pastry.
We originally made this bread when I was participating in a monthly bread challenge.
The challenge was to create a bread using fall fruits or vegetables. Sweet or savory bread was all game.
Our Spiced Apple Star Bread just screams fall!
Quite some time ago we saw Cinnamon Star Bread on the King Arthur website.
It was one of those recipes that we just couldn’t get out of my mind.
We wanted to make it but it really looked labor-intensive.
One of the reasons we joined the Bread Bakers group was to learn and challenge myself when it comes to baking bread.
This event was the perfect time to give it a try.
Star Bread Fillings
To put a spin on the Cinnamon Star Bread, we stuffed our bread it with apples. Here are some more ideas.
- Add raisins to the apples
- Substitute the apples with pears
- Substitute the fruit with chocolate chips
How to make Spiced Apple Star Bread
- We used an electric stand mixer for this recipe. Add the dough ingredients to the bowl, and with the mixer running, slowly add the water until the dough is soft and smooth, not wet and sticky.
- Cover the dough and let it rise for one hour.
- Using a bench scraper, cut the risen dough into 4 pieces. I rolled them into balls and covered them for 15 minutes while I prepared the filling.
- Roll each ball into a 10-inch circle.
- I turn a baking sheet upside down and cover it with parchment paper. Put the first dough circle on the parchment paper.
- Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle it with brown sugar and 1/3 of the diced apples.
- Place the second dough circle on top of the first one and stretch it to match up the edges of the first circle.
- Repeat the filling and third dough circle. Place the 4th circle over the previous 3 but don’t top it with filling.
- Place a 2-1/2 to 3-inch biscuit cutter in the center of the top dough circle.
- Don’t cut through the dough. Just place it there.
- You can also use a glass. You just need a circle you can work around.
- Using the bench scraper or sharp knife, make 4 cuts through all 4 layers evenly spaced through all four layers. Repeat until you have 16 cuts to the center.
- Each 2 strips make one star tip. Pick up two strips and twist them twice away from each other. Continue until all 16 strips have been twisted.
- Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a point.
- Remove the cutter. Cover with a clean towel and let star rise 45 minutes. While star rises, preheat the oven
- Remove towel and brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with Turbinado or demerara sugar.
That many steps? Not really, I just really broke them down so it would be easy for you to shape your bread.
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Tips for the perfect Star Bread
- Dice the apples in small pieces to make twisting the bread easier without losing the filling.
- We recommend using fresh apples. Canned or jar apple slices will have too much moisture making the bread soggy and/or lose it’s shape.
- Don’t overfill the dough. You will just lose the extra filling when you twist it or it will be difficult to shape.
- Don’t overproof the second rise. By doing so, you will lose the shape.
- We added turbinado (sugar in the raw) to the top of our bread because we love the crunch you get when you bite into it. You could skip the sugar and just apply a dusting of powdered sugar or a simple glaze.
I’m hoping all of these details will encourage you to give it a try and I hope you’ll let me know if you have any questions.
If you like this recipe here are some other shaped bread recipes you may enjoy.
- Blueberry Twisted Bread Rolls
- Kifli Walnut Roll Recipe
- Nut Rolls
- Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
- Russian Sweet Bread
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The bread gods were definitely with me. There isn’t anything difficult about making this bread and I’ll be making it several times throughout the year.
It’s not any more difficult than making cinnamon rolls, and makes an amazing gift!
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Spiced Apple Star Bread Recipe
- 2 cups Unbleached all-Purpose flour plus more for dusting
- 1 cup of warm water may not use all
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- 2 tbsp white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup dry milk
- 1/4 cup potato flour or instant mashed potato flakes
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- 1 apple cored, peeled, and finely diced
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- Turbinado or demerara sugar
- In the bowl of an electric mixer combine all dough ingredients EXCEPT water. Mix on low until blended. Drizzle in warm water with mixer running until dough is soft and smooth. Put the dough in a greased bowl and turn once to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and allow bread to rise for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
- Once the bread has risen, divide into four even-sized pieces and roll into balls. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl combine brown sugar and spices. Mix to combine. Melt butter in a separate container.
- Dust a working surface lightly with flour. Roll out each piece of dough into a 10-inch circle.
- Place the first circle on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with brown sugar mixture and top with diced apples.
- Place the next circle over the first filled circle. Stretch to match up edges. Repeat brushing with butter, sprinkle with brown sugar and then apples. Repeat with the 3rd circle and top with the fourth but don’t fill or brush the top of the fourth circle.
- Place a 2-1/2″ to 3″ biscuit or cookie in the center of the circle. Don’t cut through the dough center just set it there. Using a sharp knife or dough scraper make 4 cuts through all 4 layers evenly spaced through all four layers. Repeat until you have 16 cuts to the center.
- Pick up two strips and twist them twice away from each other. Continue until all 16 strips have been twisted.
- Pinch the pairs of strips together to create a point.
- Remove the cutter. Cover with a clean towel and let star rise 45 minutes. While star rises, preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Remove towel and brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with Turbinado or demerara sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
- Cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving.
- Store covered at room temperature.
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
Thank you Pavani for hosting this month’s fun challenge. We can’t wait to go through all of the recipes and hope you will check them out too.
This month’s for BreadBakers’, we’re baking bread with fall fruits and vegetables, for example, apples, grapes, pears, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, acorn squash, butternut squash etc.
Our host of the month is Pavani at Cook’s Hideout. Check out what the Bread Bakers have come up with Fall Fruits & Vegetables.
- Apple & Olive Oil Boulé from Food Above Gold
- Apple Cider Muffins from A Baker’s House
- Baked Cauliflower Breadsticks from Sneha’s Recipe
- Broccoli Burger Buns from Herbivore Cucina
- Brown Sugar Pumpkin Apple Bread from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Chilli and Cheddar Potato Rolls from Mayuri’s Jikoni
- Easy Apple Banana Bread from Food Lust People Love
- Kartofel Khleb – Russian Potato Bread from Ruchik Randhap
- Potato Bread Rolls from Gayathri’s Cook Spot
- Pumpkin Challah from Passion Kneaded
- Sauerkraut-Nut Bread from Palatable Pastime
- Savoury Potato Rose Rolls from Sara’s Tasty Buds
- Spiced Apple Star Bread from Hostess At Heart
#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to [email protected].