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5 from 4 votes

Spiced Apple Star Bread Recipe

Spiced Apple Star Bread is a sweet, buttery, bread that's tender and warm from the fall spices. It’s easier to make than you’d think!
Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 42 mins
Servings 12
Author Julie Menghini



  • 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.


Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour


Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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.
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