Star Bread is a visually stunning, decadent tasting sweet bread, that will be the talk of the table. Whether it's for the holidays or a special occasion this eye pleasing, mouth watering bread is the way to go.
Add milk to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and add cubed unsalted butter to the hot milk, stirring until the butter melts completely. Pour the hot milk mixture into a stand mixer bowl and set aside to cool to below 110°F.
When the milk mixture is cool enough, stir in the instant yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes to rehydrate.
In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, sugar and salt, stir to distribute evenly. Transfer the flour mixture to the stand mixer bowl with the warm liquid mixture, and knead with the dough hook on speed 2 for about 7 - 10 minutes. The dough should start pulling away from the side of the bowl.
Oil a glass bowl and your hands. Scrape the dough out of the mixing bowl and shape it into a ball in your hands and place it in the oiled bowl. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 1 - 2 hours until at least double in size.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 4 equal portions. Shape into balls.
Roll one dough ball out into a circle about 9”-10” in diameter. Place it on a piece of parchment paper and spread 2 tablespoons of apple butter over it. Roll another dough ball out to the same size as the first one and place it on top, spread another 2 tablespoons of apple butter over it. Repeat for the 3rd and 4th dough ball. You should end up with 4 layers of dough and 3 layers of apple butter.
Mark a 3” circle in the middle with the back of a round cookie cutter or a cup. Cut the dough into 16 sections leaving the 3” circle in the middle untouched.
Twist two sections away from each other and press the end together to form the star point. You should end up with 8 star points. Cover and let rise for about 20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Beat 1 large egg with a tablespoon of milk to make the egg wash. Lightly brush egg wash over the top of the bread and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
Remove the bread from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.