Soft and Buttery Prune Starbread is the winter baking project of your dreams. The dough is nice and buttery and soft. And the filling?! It's prune butter that's been cooked down and blended with sugar, a little vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. It's SO good! When you take your first bite, you'll be wondering why you didn't jump and make this sooner! This is the type of bread that you can eat any time of the day. It's perfect for breakfast with a cup of coffee, but also sweet enough to have as fun midday snack or even dessert! Not to mention, can we talk about how beautiful Starbread is?! I must say, looks alone, it's just so aesthetically pleasing. The swirls are mesmorizing!
SOFT AND BUTTERY PRUNE STARBREAD
I made this soft and buttery prune starbread on a sunday afternoon. My husband and his friends were over to watch the football game and they gobbled this up in a matter of hours! Not a crumb was left! I assumed they approved of this recipe. What's pretty funny about this is that they didn't know that the filling was prunes. After the game was over and they were walking about, they asked "Hey Brit, what kind of filling was in the bread?" - I said it was prune butter. They said prunes?! Those things that people eat to get more fiber?! I said yes, those prunes. The prunes that are good for you, help lower blood sugar, are packed with vitamins and fiber, and help reduce cholesterol. Yep, those prunes.
They were shocked. In sheer disbelief that prunes could "taste so good". Well, I am here to tell you, if you don't like prunes, you NEED to try this recipe. It'll change your outlook on them. In addition, there a SO many prune recipes that will make you enjoy them in ways you never could've imagined! Prunes can be eaten with savory dishes too! They're such a versatile ingredient to cook with because not only are they good for you, they provide such deep and rich flavor without all of the calories. While coming up with this recipe, I was perusing the California Prunes website and there are so many recipes for prunes that I cannot wait to try.
In sheer disbelief that prunes could "taste so good"
Until then, this recipe will definitely keep you busy! While this bread may look intimidating, it's far easier than you think. I first saw starbread on the Great British Baking Show. Off hand, I cannot recall who made it, but I remember thinking "whoa, that's intense!". So of course I had to try. I made it for the first time last year. It turned out perfectly on my second attempt. This was not because it was hard, it was because I was rushing and missed a step. So, my advice is to take your time. Be patient and have fun with this.
how do I make starbread?!
This recipe starts off pretty simply. Combine ingredients in a stand mixer and then let it rise. While the dough is rising, make the prune butter and set aside to cool. Once the dough is risen, cut the dough into 4 equally sized pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Then roll out one ball, put a salad plate on top, trace a circle, and cut the circle into the dough. Lather the prune butter on the dough and then repeat this process twice more. For the last piece of dough, simply lay it on top without adding prune butter.
Place dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. (DO THIS BEFORE YOU CUT THE DOUGH!!) Place a small cup in the middle of the circle of dough. Then cut the dough into fourths, eighths, and then sixteenths. Take two pieces and twist them outward three times and pinch the ends of the dough together. Then repeat. See the tutorial below:
Once everything is twisted together and set, cover with a towel and allow dough to rise again for 20-30 minutes, until the dough is puffy. Brush with a beaten egg. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.