” Xmas” Bread

Reblogging on 2nd June 2014

I am reblogging this to update the recipe for this favourite bake of mine as well as to show you how to shape a star shaped bread. I have come to realise that this method of shaping is very effective in producing consistent and even star shaped.

So lets work on the dough first.

Ingredients :

210g Bread Flour
10g Milk Powder
45g Granulated Sugar
3g Instant Yeast
A pinch of salt
40g Egg
90g Milk
20g Butter

Directions :

Mix all ingrdients except butter into a mixing bowl. Knead it for a few minutes before adding the butter. Then knead it till it pass the window pane test.

Let the dough proof for an hour in a warm place or until it doubled in size. Punch it down and divide into 2 sets of dough with weights as follow:20g, 35g, 50g and 65g.

Round it up and rest for 10 minutes before deflating it into a disc. Then follow the pictures below to cut and shape the dough.

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Once done, let it proof until double in size again before giving it an egg wash and position some sliced almond as per picture below. Then bake it in a preheated oven of 180 degree for 12 to 15 minutes. You can tent it if it is looking too brown too soon!

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Once done and cooled down, you can then stacked it up as per picture. If you like, you can give it a dusting of icing sugar. I omitted because it is difficult to store.🙂

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Blogged on 5th Dec 2013
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You can try emulating this bake but stacking up 4 to 5 star-shaped bread on top of one another. Of course, the sizes of each must be graduating. The decoration on the tip can be replaced with another small star-shaped bread or real Xmas decoration like what I did. To be honest, its a good and beautiful gift to someone!

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