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Christmas Star Bread with Caramelized Onion, Ricotta & Leek

My star bread is filled with the traditional Christmas colours and is chock full of flavour. It will make the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas table.

My pull apart star bread is guaranteed to be loved by all, young and old. It’s guaranteed to be a show stopper. I can bet anyone that tries it will want the recipe and one piece will just not do.

The ingredients for my Star Bread

The usual bread ingredients with the addition of some extras for stuffing and you have the most amazing centerpiece for Christmas.

Ingredients
Ingredients

Here is what you will need:

  • Dough:
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • Filling:
  • 2 large red onions
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 bunch fresh chives
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter (for brushing on top before baking)
The Dough:

Let’s start with the dough. Combine the milk and water and heat them to about 110 degrees F. Add it to a large bowl and add the yeast and sugar to the bowl. Mix everything well together and set aside covered for 5 min. The yeast will bloom and double in size. Once the yeast has bloomed, we can add the butter, egg, salt and the flour to the bowl.

Mix everything well together to form a dough. Knead well for about 5-8 minutes or until it comes together.  I like the feeling of hand kneading, so I always use my hands to mix and knead the dough on a clean counter space. Once done, the dough will be soft. Cover it with a clean tea towel and let it rise or proof for about 60 minutes.

The Filling:

While the dough is rising, we can prepare our filling for our Christmas star bread. We need to caramelize the onions as well as make the chive paste. Let’s start with the onion. Slice the onions lenghtwise and heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a pan. Add the onions to the oil and cook them for about 8-10 minutes on medium-low heat. This will allow them to caramelize slowly and make them all that much sweeter. Once done, turn the heat off and add salt and pepper to taste. Set them aside and allow them to cool down completely.

Chive and olive oil paste
Chive and olive oil paste

Now we can make the chive paste. In a mortar and pestel or a food processor, add the washed and properly dried chives. Add the remaining olive oil and blend or crush them to form a paste. The paste will be thick and if you are using a food processor, you will need to scrape the sides a few times to get all the chives evenly blended. Once done, set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

The assembly:

Now we are ready to assemble our Christmas star bread. By now the dough should be ready and the onions cooled down. Punch down the dough and evenly divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Roll out each part into a ball. Generously sprinkle a clean counter space with some flour and using a rolling pin, roll out one of the ball into a thin flat circular shape. It should be about 10 inches or so in diameter. Carefully lift the rolled out dough and sprinkle more flour on the counter before laying it down on it.

First layer with onions
First layer with onions

Evenly spread the onions onto the top of the rolled out dough. Move to a different part of the counter and repeat the rolling of another ball of dough. Place it on top of the onion layer and spread the ricotta cheese on this layer.

Second layer with ricotta cheese
Second layer with ricotta cheese

Now roll out a third ball into a similar sized circular shape and place it on top of the layer with ricotta cheese. Spread the chive paste on to this layer.

Third layer with the chive paste
Third layer with the chive paste

Now you can roll out the fourth layer and place it on top of the chive layer. Using a plate or a lid and a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut all four layers into a proper circle. Do not discard the cut off pieces. You can bake them off as extras and enjoy them as a special snack for putting in all the effort.

Ready to bake
Star bread ready to bake

Gently lift all four layers and place them on to a parchment lined baking tray. Now we are ready to build our star bread. Place a small bowl in the center of the circle and using a pizza cutter or a knife, gently score a circular shape. Do not cut all the way through. Now, using the pizza cutter, evenly cut the shape into 16 equal strips starting from where the circle was scored. To form the star bread, lift one of the cut strips and roll it twice in one direction. Lift the second strip right beside it and roll it in the other direction. Stick the two strips together in the end.

Repeat that process until you have all 16 strips rolled and have eight equal twisted shapes. Now we are ready to bake our beautiful and delicious Christmas star bread. Melt the butter and using a cooking brush, liberally spread the butter all over the ready to bake star bread. Bake it for about 30 minutes or until it’s browned and smelling delicious.

Caramelized onion, ricotta, and chive Christmas star bread
Caramelized onion, ricotta, and chive Christmas star bread

Remove from the oven and allow it to cool down completely before serving it as a side for your Christmas dinner or any dinner for that matter.

Caramelized Onion, Ricotta & Leek Star Bread

Course: SideCuisine: CanadianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Rising time

2

hours 
Calories

268

kcal
Baking time

30

minutes
Total time

2

hours 

40

minutes

My star bread is filled with the traditional Christmas colours and is chock full of flavour. It will make the perfect centerpiece for your Christmas table.

Ingredients

  • Dough:
  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 medium egg

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (softened)

  • Filling:
  • 2 large red onions

  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1 bunch fresh chives

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons butter (for brushing on top before baking)

Directions

  • The dough:
  • Combine the milk and the water and heat them to around 110 degrees F.
  • Pour the milk into a bowl and add the yeast and sugar to the milk and stir to combine. Allow it to sit for about 5-7 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom.
  • Once the yeast has bloomed, add the flour, salt and butter to the bowl. Mix to form a dough. Knead the dough for about 5-8 minutes until you have a smooth dough. Cover with a clean tea towel and let it proof for about 1 hour.
  • Filling:
  • Peel and slice the onions lengthwise. Pour 2 tablespoons of the olive oil into a pan and add the onions. Cook them on a medium-low heat for about 8 or so minutes to allow them to slowly caramelize. Once done, add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  • Using a blender or a mortar and pestle, crush the chives and remaining olive oil. Form a thick paste. (Do not add water or any other liquid). Set aside.
  • Assembly:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Once the dough has finished proofing, punch it down and divide it into 4 equal parts and roll each part into a ball. Liberally sprinkle flour on to a clean counter space and using a rolling pin, roll out one ball into a thin circular shape of about 9 inches.
  • Spread the caramelized onion onto this layer.
  • Move to a different part of the counter and repeat the rolling of another ball of dough. Place it on top of the onion layer and spread the ricotta cheese onto this layer.
  • Roll out a third ball into a similar sized circular shape and place it on top of the layer with ricotta cheese. Spread the chive paste onto this layer.
  • Roll out the fourth layer and place it on top of the chive layer. Using a plate or a lid and a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut all four layers into a proper circle.
  • Gently lift all four layers and place them on to a parchment lined baking tray. 
  • Place a small bowl in the center of the circle and using a pizza cutter or a knife, gently score a circular shape. Do not cut all the way through. Now, using the pizza cutter, evenly cut the shape into 16 equal strips starting from where the circle was scored. 
  • To form the star bread, lift one of the cut strips and roll it twice in one direction. Lift the second strip right beside it and roll it in the other direction. Stick the two strips together in the end.
  • Repeat that process until you have all 16 strips rolled and have eight equal shapes. 
  • Melt the butter and using a cooking brush, liberally spread the butter all over the ready to bake star bread. Bake it for about 30 minutes or until it’s browned and smelling delicious.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool down completely before serving it as a side for your Christmas dinner or any dinner for that matter.

Notes

  • – Recipe for the dough was kindly provided by https://www.instagram.com/parambakes_2020/

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