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.
210g Bread Flour
10g Milk Powder
45g Granulated Sugar
3g Instant Yeast
A pinch of salt
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.
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!
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. 🙂
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!