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Star Bread
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5 from 2 votes

Star Bread

Star bread is a stunning bread that is surprisingly simple to make.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 40 mins
Course: Bread, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 272kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 1 1/2 pounds enriched bread dough the dough should have risen one time
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • sanding sugar to taste
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar optional
  • 2 tablespoons milk optional


  • Divide the dough into four even pieces.
  • Roll each piece out to a 9" circle.
  • Place the first circle on a silcone mat or parchment paper.
  • Spread with a thin layer of Nutella.
  • Top with the next circle.
  • Repeat the process of adding Nutella and topping with dough circles until you get to the final circle. Do not spread Nutella on the top circle.
  • Gently place a 2 inch cookie cutter (or a small bowl) in the center of the top circle to act as a guide. Do not press down as you don't want to make an indentation.
  • Use a knife or bench scraper to cut 12 or 16 even strips in the dough circle that radiate out from the cutter to the outside of the circle.
  • Grab pairs of strips that are next to each other, twist them in opposite directions, and pinch together at the end.
  • Repeat until all strips are twisted.
  • Remove the cookie cutter or small bowl that you used as a guide.
  • Transfer the silicone mat or parchment paper to a cookie sheet and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Let sit for 60-90 minutes until the bread has slightly risen and appears a little puffed up.
  • Brush with egg and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  • Carefully remove from the silicone mat or parchment paper and cool on a cooling rack.
  • If you would like to top with a glaze, mix powered sugar and milk and drizzle over the bread.
  • Serve warm!



If you don't want to make your own bread dough, you can make star bread using store-bought crescent roll dough.
You can replace the Nutella with any sweet or savory filling of your choosing. If you use a sanding sugar, brush the dough with melted butter first to make it stick.
For a savory star bread, consider topping the bread with Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, or kosher salt instead of sanding sugar.


Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg