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Orange Star Bread is a delicious shredded bread recipe that’s as delicious as it is delicious. Made with orange extract packed with fresh citrus flavor, it’s easy to make and a unique and delicious choice for dessert or brunch!

Sitting around a table is (not surprisingly) one of our favorite things to do. And what better way to make it a memorable meal than by serving up some homemade treats? We’re often on a mission to bring something sweet to a party or get-together, which gives us plenty of opportunities to craft something truly special. That’s where this Orange Star Bread recipe comes in! You’ve probably already tasted the original version of this cinnamon-and-sugar pull-away bread. We flipped this classic recipe upside down and couldn’t be happier with the results. Made with fruity orange extract, it’s the ultimate addition to any dessert or brunch spread!

Dough Options

When it comes to what type of dough to use for your orange loaves, the choice is yours. We usually use our homemade cinnamon roll dough, which is described in the recipe card below. 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)

Troubleshooting: Dry Star Bread

There are a few different reasons why you could end up with hard or dry bread. First, be careful not to over knead the dough. The flour you use could also be the culprit – make sure to use traditional all-purpose flour for best results. Finally, don’t overbake your bread! If you leave it in the oven for too long, it will harden, dry out and become brittle.

topping options

Now that your star bread is warm, tasty and delicious, what are you going to put on it? In this recipe, we’re using a simple glaze, but here are some other topping ideas:

  • Powdered sugar: Dust with powdered sugar on star buns for a sweet and elegant touch.
  • Honey: Drizzle honey over the star buns for a sweet and gooey texture.
  • melted butter: Simply brush 2 tablespoons of melted butter on top of the finished star loaf.
  • 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

If you want to make a double batch of Orange Star Bread, you might want to freeze some of them for later. You can freeze it after baking, or freeze the dough:

  • To Freeze Already Baked Orange Bread: Let the bread cool completely before placing it in an airtight freezer-safe bag or container. It will keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Then, reheat in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes, or until warmed through.
  • To freeze the dough: If you are making your own dough, follow the dough recipe directions on the recipe card. After the dough has risen, remove excess air by hand. Place the dough in a freezer-safe bag or container and wrap in a layer of aluminum foil. It will keep in your refrigerator for up to 3 months. Let it thaw completely in the refrigerator before following the shaping and baking instructions on the recipe card.
Serve the orange star bread on a platter.

Storage and Reheating Instructions:

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover orange bread in an airtight container or tightly wrapped in plastic wrap on your countertop or pantry. It will keep at room temperature for about 4 days. You can also store it in the refrigerator to keep it longer — up to a week. If you want to reheat it before eating, you can heat it in the microwave in 30-second increments until heated through.

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Top view of orange star loaf.

Orange Star Bread is a delicious shredded bread recipe that’s as delicious as it is delicious. Made with orange extract packed with fresh citrus flavor, it’s easy to make and a unique and delicious choice for dessert or brunch!

Preparation time 1 Hour 30 minute

cooking time 25 minute

total time 1 Hour 55 minute

raw material

Dough Recipe

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

orange stuffing

  • 1/4 cup salted butter soften
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel

Jane Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon water or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange peel (optional)


Dough Recipe:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk, orange 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.

orange stuffing

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, and orange zest. set aside.

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 1/3 of the orange mixture over the dough, leaving 1/4 inch around the edge of the circle.

  • Continue layering remaining sections, spreading 1/3 of the orange filling on each layer, but leaving the 4th and final section 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 2 of the strands and twist in opposite directions 1-2 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. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Once cooled, serve plain, topd with a simple glaze, or dust with powdered sugar.⁣⁣

Jane Glaze

  • In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon water or milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add more water or milk as needed to create a thin consistency that can be easily drizzled over the dough. Drizzle over fully toasted and cooled starbread and sprinkle with orange zest.


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Calories: 198kcal | carbohydrate: 33G | protein: 3G | fat: 6G | Saturated fat: 4G | Polyunsaturated fats: 0.4G | Monounsaturated fats: 2G | Trans fat: 0.2G | cholesterol: 25mg | sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 57mg | fiber: 1G | sugar: 15G | Vitamin A: 195unit | Vitamin C: 1mg | calcium: 26mg | iron: 1mg

Orange Star Bread