December 12, 2022| By

Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut Starbread

Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
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This Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut Starbread is a sweet bread filled with nutella, raspberry preserves, and shaped into a star for a beautiful, show-stopping treat! It's my favorite thing to make during the holidays for family gatherings for a festive treat.

Best part - it's way easier to make than you may think. I'll show you exactly how to make starbread so that you can enjoy this star bread recipe with your morning coffee or for your holiday dinner for a delicious bread that everyone will enjoy!

If you love this recipe, try my Prune Starbread too!

starbread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
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Every year I make a starbread and everyone always goes bonkers over it. It's a sweet bread that's beautifully shaped into a star and traditionally filled with cinnamon sugar. However, this year, I decided to do a little something different with the the filling as opposed to the traditional cinnamon sugar mixture.

What I love about starbread is that you can add any type of fillings - cinnamon sugar, cream cheese, chocolate, jams, pumpkin butter - anything that you can think of that'll bake well in the oven can go into a starbread and make it nice and tasty.

I switched it up from the traditional brown sugar filling and made a raspberry and nutella filled starbread. It is SO good. I love the combo of raspberries and chocolate together with that hint of hazelnut - it's such a delicious treat.

If you're wondering how to make it, I'll walk you through the steps so that you'll have a gorgeous conversation piece for your holiday spread.

Why You'll Love this Recipe

  • It's delicious! The dough is soft and buttery like cinnamon rolls but is shaped into a beautiful snowflake.
  • Perfect for christmas morning! Nothing screams christmas morning like a beautiful snowflake shaped bread.
  • Easier than you think! This bread may look intimidating but it's far easier than you think. Simply follow the instructions and you really can't go wrong!
  • Make it your own! You can customize the fillings to your liking. You can use ground cinnamon, peanut butter, cream cheese - what you'd like!

Ingredients

A few simple ingredients make this beautiful snowflake bread!

  • Warm Milk
  • Active Dry Yeast
  • Eggs
  • Unsalted Butter
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Raspberry Preserves
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

As for equipment, you'll simply need a stand mixer, rolling pin, mixing bowls, and a baking sheet. I used Calphalon's baking sheet as they're sturdy, durable, and that nonstick coating is impeccable. You never have to worry about anything sticking to their bakeware which gives me the piece of mind, as a baker, to make whatever I want with the confidence that it'll look as beautiful as it tastes!

How to Make Star Bread

chocolate starbread on a baking sheet next to a bowl of raspberry preserves.

Prepare the Dough

  • Make the bread dough. Warm milk in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Add 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast and 1 tbsp sugar to the milk and gently whisk. Allow yeast to activate/bloom for 10 minutes, until puffy and bubbly.
  • While the yeast is blooming, combine flour, eggs, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Then add yeast mixture.
  • Begin on low speed and gradually increase to medium speed as dough begins to form. Mix for about 5 minutes, then begin to add room temperature butter, one tablespoon at a time. Allow for 1-2 minutes in between adding each tablespoon of butter to ensure the butter is fully incorporated prior to adding the next (dough may temporarily break apart but will come back together when you continue to knead in the mixer).
  • After all of the butter is added, continue to knead dough for another 5 minutes in the mixer.

Let the Dough Rise

  • Lightly oil a large bowl and add dough. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow dough to rise until it has doubled in size, about 1-2 hours. (Image #1)
starbread dough in a mixing bowl.
  • Add nutella to a small bowl and add butter. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds, until the butter is melted. Stir together and set aside.
  • Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Cut dough into four equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball and set aside. Grab one of the dough balls and roll out into a large circle using a rolling pin. Repeat for all pieces. (Image #2 and Image #3)
  • Place a 9-inch plate on top of the dough and trace a circle, cutting off any extra pieces. Repeat for all four pieces to ensure that they are all the same size. (Image #4)

Assemble the Starbread

  • Place circle of dough on top of a parchment lined baking sheet. Add nutella/butter mixture to the top of the circle. Place another piece of dough on top and cover with raspberry preserves. Add the third piece of dough and nutella mixture. Place the last piece of dough on top. (Image #6, Image #7, Image #8)
  •  Place a small cup in the middle of the dough. (Image #9)
  • Then cut the dough into 4 quarters. The best way to cut the dough is to use a pizza cutter, sharp knife, or dough scraper. Then cut each quarter again to get 8 equal strips, and then 16. Grab two pieces of dough and twist inward three times and pinch the ends together to form the star point. Repeat for the remaining pieces. (Image #10 and Image #11)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cover dough with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise again for 20-30 minutes, until it becomes slightly puffy.
  • Make the egg wash by whisking together an egg and a tablespoon of water. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of the starbread with the egg wash. (Image #12)
a pastry brush brushing egg wash onto the starbread dough before baking.

Bake!

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.

What to serve with Star Bread

a hand pulling a piece of starbread off of a baking sheet.

Enjoy your chocolate raspberry starbread with:

How to Store Leftovers

Cover the star bread with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.

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starbread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Star Bread

Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut Starbread is a sweet bread with nutella and raspberry jelly then shaped into a star for a show stopping treat!
Serving: 12
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Rising Time 1 hr
Calories: 363kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Stand Mixer
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mixing Bowls

Ingredients

  • 4 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 2 ¼ tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3 tbsps Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt

Filling

  • 3 tbsps Raspberry Preserves
  • ½ cup Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
  • 2 tbsps Unsalted Butter

Egg Wash

  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 tbsp Water

Directions

Prepare the Dough

  • Make the bread dough. Warm milk in a small bowl in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Add 2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast and 1 tbsp sugar to the milk and gently whisk. Allow yeast to activate/bloom for 10 minutes, until puffy and bubbly.
  • While the yeast is blooming, combine flour, eggs, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Then add yeast mixture.
  • Begin on low speed and gradually increase to medium speed as dough begins to form. Mix for about 5 minutes, then begin to add room temperature butter, one tablespoon at a time. Allow for 1-2 minutes in between adding each tablespoon of butter to ensure the butter is fully incorporated prior to adding the next (dough may temporarily break apart but will come back together when you continue to knead in the mixer).
  • After all of the butter is added, continue to knead dough for another 5 minutes in the mixer.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl and add dough. Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and allow dough to rise until it has doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.
  • Add nutella to a small bowl and add butter. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds, until the butter is melted. Stir together and set aside.
  • Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Cut dough into four equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball and set aside. Grab one of the dough balls and roll out into a large circle using a rolling pin. Repeat for all pieces.
  • Place a 9-inch plate on top of the dough and trace a circle, cutting off any extra pieces. Repeat for all four pieces to ensure that they are all the same size.

Assemble the Starbread

  • Place circle of dough on top of a parchment lined baking sheet. Add nutella/butter mixture to the top of the circle. Place another piece of dough on top and cover with raspberry preserves. Add the third piece of dough and nutella mixture. Place the last piece of dough on top.
  •  Place a small cup in the middle of the dough. Then cut the dough into 4 quarters. (The best way to cut the dough is to use a pizza cutter, sharp knife, or dough scraper.) Then cut each quarter again to get 8 equal strips, and then 16. Grab two pieces of dough and twist inward three times and pinch the ends together to form the star point. Repeat for the remaining pieces.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Cover dough with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise again for 20-30 minutes, until it becomes slightly puffy.
  • Make the egg wash by whisking together an egg and a tablespoon of water. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of the starbread with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Anytime, Bread, Breakfast, Dessert, Holidays
Cuisine: American

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