Sourdough star bread is both fun and festive. It is the perfect bread to make for your next holiday party. Even though this cinnamon star bread recipe is impressive looking, its actually incredibly easy to make.
Why I Love This Recipe
This sourdough star bread is made with a tender, slightly sweet dough. It is filled with a warm cinnamon sugar filling, and topped with powdered sugar. All these flavors are twisted together and shaped into a snow flake, making it a delicious and stunning winter breakfast treat or dessert.
This recipe is easy to follow with step-by-step photos that show you how to shape star bread. It also includes two sample bakers timelines to help you easily plan ahead.
This sourdough sourdough star bread is an enriched dough, so it is very forgiving with fermentation and rise times, making it wonderful recipe for seasoned and beginner sourdough bakers alike. To make this recipe you will need a sourdough starter. If you’re not sure what sourdough starter is, check out my How to Make a Sourdough Starter post to learn all about it.
Every ingredient plays an important role when making this sourdough star bread. This list explains the role of each ingredient when making this recipe, and also offers possible substitutions. See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients with their amounts.
The Dough Ingredients
- Milk – Incorporating milk adds moisture, replacing the need for water. It also adds fat to enrich the dough, making these rolls soft and fluffy.
- Sourdough Starter – This recipe uses Sourdough Starter to make the dough rise instead of baker’s yeast. Make sure your starter is fed the night before you plan to bake, so it is active and bubbly when you mix the dough.
- Granulated Sugar – Granulated sugar makes the dough sweet. It also gives the wild yeast in your starter a boost, helping the dough to rise. I use raw organic sugar when baking, but any sugar will work.
- Bread Flour – For this recipe, I used organic bread flour. Bread flour will yield the best results, but If substituting with all-purpose flour, increase the amount of flour called for by 35g.
- Salt – Salt is added to enhance flavor and strengthen the dough.
- Unsalted Butter – Butter enriches this dough and makes it soft and tender. I use unsalted butter when baking, but you can use salted by omitting the salt in this recipe.
- Unsalted Butter – Butter helps the cinnamon sugar filling stick to the dough and adds richness to the filling. Melt the butter so that it can be brushed on the dough in a thin even layer.
- Granulated Sugar – Granulated sugar makes the filling for this star bread sweet. Brown sugar can be used to make this filling extra rich.
- Cinnamon – Cinnamon perfectly spices the filling and gives this star bread a cinnamon roll like quality. You can get creative and add spices like nutmeg, cloves, and ginger to make this recipe even more festive.
Sample Bakers Schedule
Sourdough baked goods have much longer rise times than recipes that call for bakers yeast. Sourdough star bread will need to rise anywhere from 8-10 hours for bulk fermentation, and 1-2 hours for second rise. This makes sourdough starter the perfect yeast to use when making them, allowing you a convenient overnight rise that will give you warm festive star bread for breakfast. Star bread is great any time of day though, so below you will find two separate sample bakers schedules; one that will give you star bread just in time for breakfast, and one that will give you star bread for an extra special after dinner dessert.
What is Sourdough Starter? The dough for this recipe rises using a sourdough starter instead of conventional baker’s yeast. These rolls have the cozy goodness of traditional cinnamon rolls with the added health benefits of sourdough. If you’re not sure what a sourdough starter is, check out my “How to Make a Sourdough Starter” post to learn all about it.
Sourdough Star Bread for Breakfast
9 PM (day 1): Mix the dough ingredients together.
9:30 PM (day 1): Strengthen the dough and cover to bulk ferment overnight.
6 AM (day 2): Assemble, cut, and twist the star bread.
8AM (day 2): Bake the sourdough star bread.
9 AM (day 2): Dust with powdered sugar and serve while still warm.
Sourdough Star Bread for Dessert
6:30 AM: Mix the dough ingredients together.
7 AM: Strengthen the dough and cover to bulk ferment.
4 PM: Assemble, cut, and twist the star bread.
6 PM: Bake the sourdough star bread.
6:30 PM: Dust with powdered sugar and serve while still warm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I substitute whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour for bread flour?
Bread flour will give this sourdough star bread the best rise and the softest crumb. If using whole wheat or all-purpose flour, you will need to increase the amount of flour by 35g or reduce the milk called for in the recipe and strengthen the dough a bit more.
How do I store my leftover star bread?
To store any leftover sourdough star bread, place it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
What is the best way to reheat leftover star bread?
You can reheat leftover star bread pieces individually in the microwave for 30 seconds each, or reheat the whole star bread in a 300°F (150°C) preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through.
Can I make star bread ahead of time?
To make star bread and bake later, cover the unbaked star tightly and refrigerate for up to 24 hours, or place it in the freezer for up to a week. When you are ready to bake, allow the star bread to come to room temperature and perform the second rise.