Christmas Special : Chocolate Star Bread ( Vegan!)

8 pieces
2 hr

With Christmas right around the corner, we bring to you our chocolate filled vegan star bread. Crunchy and chocolatey, this is just what you need to start the holiday season.

People are starting to get into the holiday mood here. Shops are piling up with Christmas decorations, trees and ornaments, while people are trying to prepare for the inevitable winter and the snow that comes with it. Christmas goes way back for me, all the way from my childhood. Growing up in southern part of India, with a lot of Christian population, Christmas was always a cause for celebration. Putting up a star made out of colorful paper in front of your home, making a crib bedded with hay, clay molds of the Infant Jesus, Mary and Joseph, along with angels left to be suspended from the top of the crib, aiming to give a mystical feel.

Christmas also brings with it, a list of goodies to eat. Its the time when your friends’ parents make fruit cakes, rum cakes and secret bottles of wine that gets smuggled into our college hostel. If caught in the act, it is merely ‘grape juice’ and hostel warden seems to buy it, or at least doesn’t care too much. With this in mind, we are going to share few Christmas related bakes starting with the star bread recipe below.

This recipe does not require too much of prep work for the dough itself. Its just like most bread dough, fermented the right amount by little bit of yeast. Its going to fill your whole kitchen with the aroma of the fermented dough. You do need little bit of effort in kneading the dough, though you have to be careful not to overwork the dough. Lastly you need to be careful while pulling and twisting the assembled dough to give the star shape to the bread. More of these tips are given below. Make sure you give them a glance.

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Christmas Special : Chocolate Star Bread ( Vegan!)
Recipe details
  • 8  pieces
  • Prep time: 90 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 2 hr
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  • 275 g All Purpose Flour
  • 60 g Vegan Butter
  • 130 mL Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 tbsp Agave Syrup
  • Vegan chocolate spread

Heat almond milk and vegan butter in a sauce pan.
Cool the milk + butter mixture to about 110F (43C).
Add yeast, mix, and set aside for 10 min, till the mixture becomes frothy.
In a large bowl, mix flour and agave syrup.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and knead to form a soft dough.
Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Place in a slightly warm environment and let it rise for 1-1.5h until it doubles in size.
Punch down the dough to release the air.
Divide the dough into 4.
Add flour to a clean surface and roll out each piece into a circle, one at a time.
Layer each circle one on top of the other with chocolate filling between each circle. The top layer does not have any chocolate spread on it ( check video to see the assembly)
Next, place a 3 inch bowl or ramekin in the center to make an indent.
Cut 16 even strips from the center to the edge.
Using both hand, grab two strips, twist them away from each other, twice. Then press the two ends together. You get a star shaped bread with 8 pull part pieces (check video for clarity).
Cover the bread with plastic wrap and let it rest for 20 min.
Lightly brush the star bread with vegan butter.
Bake at 350F for 20-30 min.
Remove from oven and cool for 5 min. Enjoy it warm!
  • The temperature of the warm almond milk should be around 110 F while adding the yeast. If the milk is too hot (around 140 F), it will kill the yeast and the fermentation won’t happen
  • If you are living in a place where its relatively cold, then in order to let the dough rest and double in size, you need a warm environment. Ideally, best place would be in a oven. Preheat the oven to 150 F and switch it off. Place the sealed large bowl with the dough in the oven. If the surrounding environment is not warm enough, your dough will not rise and you will be left with a very stiff and tough dough
  • In the last part, where you twist the layered dough to form the star, be very careful not to yank it as there is a good chance it will tear. Watch the video to get an idea how soft you have to be with your touch.
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