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Baklava Flavored Star Bread is a delicious twist on the traditional star bread recipe. This twisted bread is filled with a blend of chopped walnuts, pistachios, almonds and cinnamon, and topped with a sprinkle of honey. The result is a sweet-smelling bread that tastes like the popular Middle Eastern dessert baklava. This is the perfect treat for anyone who loves the taste of baklava but wants to try something new and unique. Serve it as a dessert, snack or breakfast for a fun and creative way to enjoy baklava.

Dough Options

There are many different directions you can use to make the dough for this star bread recipe. We almost always use homemade cinnamon roll dough, but you can also use:

  • store bought dough (you’ll need about 2 lbs)
  • Crescent Sheets (2 to 4 packs)
  • puff pastry dough (2 lbs)
  • Pie Crust Dough (4 Pie Crust Rounds)

Other Top Ideas

Feel free to top your star bread recipe with the icing of your choice, or simply add some powdered sugar. Here are some other fun topping ideas to try:

  • Powdered sugar: Dust with powdered sugar on star buns for a sweet and elegant touch.
  • melted butter: Simply brush 2 tablespoons of melted butter on top of the finished star loaf.
  • Simple Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon water or milk and 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract. Add more water or milk as needed to create a thin consistency that can be easily drizzled over the dough.
  • Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Crumble: In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Add 1/4 cup melted butter and beat until mixture forms a crumbly dough. Sprinkle evenly over the tops of the star loaves before baking.

freezing instructions

One way to make this snowflake bread recipe ahead of time is to prepare and then freeze. You can freeze the dough before baking or after:

  • To freeze the dough: Follow the dough recipe directions on the recipe card below. “Punch” the dough after it has risen to remove excess air. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then add a layer of aluminum foil. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months! When ready to bake, let the dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then follow the directed shaping and baking instructions.
  • To Freeze Already Baked Star Bread: Let the bread cool completely, then place it in an airtight, freezer-safe container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a 350°F oven until warmed through, about 5-10 minutes.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

You can store any leftover star bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can also store it in the refrigerator if you want it to last a little longer, so it will keep for a week. If you want to reheat it, you can heat it in the microwave in 30-second increments until heated through.

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Baklava Flavored Star Bread is a delicious twist on the traditional star bread recipe. This twisted bread is filled with a blend of chopped walnuts, pistachios, almonds and cinnamon, and topped with a sprinkle of honey.

Preparation time 1 Hour 35 minute

cooking time 25 minute

total time 1 Hour 55 minute

raw material

Dough Recipe:

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoon salted butter soften
  • 1 big egg
  • 3 cup all purpose flour

Baklava filling:

  • 1/2 cup Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, or a combination
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/2 cup salted butter soften
  • 3 tablespoon Honey drizzle


Dough Recipe:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, and eggs. Add the flour. Use the dough hook and turn on low speed.

  • Once the flour begins to incorporate into the dough, increase the speed to medium. Add more flour as needed to pull the dough away from the sides of the bowl. The dough mixture should be soft and sticky, but not stick to your hands. Add more or less flour until the dough reaches the desired consistency. The amount of flour you add when making bread is always an approximation and should be determined by feel.

  • Transfer dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Baklava Mix:

  • In a bowl, combine nuts, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. on hold.

Shaping and Baking Instructions:

  • Take the dough and divide it into 4 equal parts. Roll each piece into a large circle, about the width of the baking sheet. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

  • Place one circle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread about 2-3 tablespoons of butter over the dough, spreading about 10 cm. Spoon 1/3 of the baklava mixture over the butter, leaving 1/4 inch around the edge of the circle.

  • Continue layering the dough, butter and 1/3 of the baklava mixture, but place the 4th and final piece on top. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

  • Use a small 2″ bowl to mark the center (or eyeball), then use a knife to cut 16 equal lines, leaving the small circle in the center. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

  • Take two strands and twist in opposite directions 2-3 times, then pinch the edges to seal. Continue to fit the pieces together until all the pieces fit together to form a large star shape. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

  • Bake immediately in a 350°F oven (do not rise) for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Drizzle honey over your star bread, sprinkle on any extra baklava mixture you may have, and enjoy!


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Serve: 1piece | Calories: 438kcal | carbohydrate: 53G | protein: 9G | fat: twenty twoG | Saturated fat: 10G | Polyunsaturated fats: 3G | Monounsaturated fat: 7G | Trans fat: 1G | cholesterol: 59mg | sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 246mg | fiber: 3G | sugar: 18G | Vitamin A: 560unit | Vitamin C: 1mg | calcium: 65mg | iron: 3mg

Baklava Star Bread