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Cheesy Herbed Garlic Star Bread

This Vegan Cheesy Garlic Star Bread is a show-stopping side on any table, but surprisingly easy to prepare! Parmesan, parsley, and butter flavor the inside, which is stacked and twirled into a star shape. We’re going through step-by-step instructions, so I promise you will wow your friends with this delicious loaf!

cheesy vegan star bread with garlic and parslet

Happy Easter to those celebrating! 2020 is going to be such an interesting year to look back on. I’ve joked with friends that we will need to re-celebrate all of the holidays that fall during quarantine. Right now that’s looking like a combined party of St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Passover, and Cinco de Mayo most likely!

While we may not be able to spend time in person with family and friends right now, cooking comforting meals for ourselves can be rather helpful and almost cathartic. Bread in particular is something very satisfying to bake for yourself, if you’re lucky enough to find ingredients at the store. Today’s garlic star bread recipe is a perfect “baking project” if you’re looking to use up some extra time and create something truly beautiful.

jar of garlic heads turned on its side on marble table

As obvious from this website’s title, garlic is one of my favorite ingredients. There are already quite a few recipes for garlic bread online. While delicious they do not scream “centerpiece” of any table, holiday or otherwise.

What is star bread?

I first learned about star bread as a Swedish baking tradition. It is often baked for special occasions and notable for its lovely braided, pointed shape. I normally have seen it filled with a combination of cinnamon and sugar, not unlike traditional cinnamon rolls.

I thought it would be fun to take a savory twist on this classic dish, using some of my favorite flavors: fresh herbs, cheesy parmesan, and of course warming garlic.

hand grabbing a piece of garlic star bread

What is an enriched dough?

Standard bread dough is usually some combination of flour, yeast/starter, salt and water. Enriching a dough means adding additional ingredients such as eggs, sugar, cream, or butter. For example, Challah is a very common type of enriched dough.

I have never attempted to make a vegan version but so happy to say it worked very well! For additional guidance, I recommend reading these below steps in full before beginning. 

How to Make Star Bread: A Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Make a simple dough of milk, instant yeast, flour, sugar, flax eggs, and salt. Knead it with your hands until no longer sticky. Let rest for one hour, until doubled in size.
  2. While dough is resting, combine cashew parmesan (or nutritional yeast), vegan butter, and chopped fresh herbs until combined.
  3. Split the now-rested dough into four equal sized balls. Roll each to a large pancake shape (9-11 inches in diameter).
  4. Start stacking! Place one “pancake” on a parchment-lined sheet and cover in 1/3 of the herb butter. Repeat this process with other three discs, leaving the top of the final round bare and then coating in a thin layer of coconut milk (this mimics an egg wash to give our star bread some shine).
  5. Place a drinking glass in the center of the circle stack (2 inches in diameter recommended). Press down slightly. This serves as a guide while you’re cutting the star edges. You will not cut anything underneath the glass.
  6. Working around the outside of the glass, cut the dough stack into 16 equal pieces.  If it’s helpful, think of the dough stack as a clock. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, make four incisions at the noon, three, six, and nine positions. Cut all the way through the stack each time. Then slice each of these quadrants into four individual strips. You will end up with 16.
  7. Taking two strips at a time, twist them each around themselves ONCE so that the top is visible again. Press these two strips together and smooth into a “point” at the end. You will end up having eight star points total.
  8. Brush the entire loaf with coconut milk once more and bake until golden.

I realize these steps may seem involved, so please let me know in the comments below if I can provide additional clarity!

If you’re looking to try another bread recipe, I recommend this rosemary potato focaccia next!

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star bread stuffed with herbs on a wire rack

Cheesy Herbed Garlic Star Bread


  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

Description

This Vegan Cheesy Garlic Star Bread is a show-stopping side on any table, but surprisingly easy to prepare! Parmesan, parsley, and butter flavor the inside, which is stacked and twirled into a star shape. We're going through step-by-step instructions, so I promise you will wow your friends with this delicious loaf!


Ingredients

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  • 4 TBS flax meal + 8 TBS water, set aside in the fridge to chill for 10 minutes (or 3 eggs)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 package instant yeast
  • 2 TBS maple syrup or honey
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 TBS vegan butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh herbs of choice (parsley, basil, dill, or sage)
  • Coconut milk, for brushing (or egg wash)

Instructions

  1. If you haven't already, prepare your flax egg and let it gel in the fridge.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ROOM TEMPERATURE milk, instant yeast, flour, sugar, flax eggs, and salt. Knead it in the bowl with your hands until no longer sticky. Cover with a towel and let rest in a warm place for one hour, until doubled in size.
  3. While dough is resting, in a small bowl combine cashew parmesan (or nutritional yeast), vegan butter, and chopped fresh herbs until combined. Set aside Split the now-rested dough into four equal sized balls. Roll each to a large pancake shape (9-11 inches in diameter). Let each rest for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Start stacking! Place one "pancake" on parchment-lined sheet and cover in 1/3 of the herb butter. Repeat this process with other three discs, leaving the top of the final round bare and then coat in a thin layer of coconut milk (this mimics an egg wash to give our star bread some shine).
  5. Place a drinking glass in the center of the circle stack (2 inches in diameter recommended). Press down slightly. This serves as a guide while you're cutting the star edges. You will not cut anything underneath the glass. Working around the outside of the glass, cut the dough stack into 16 equal pieces.  If it's helpful, think of the dough stack as a clock. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, make four incisions at the noon, three, six, and nine positions. Cut all the way through the stack each time. Then slice each of these quadrants into four individual strips. You will end up with 16 total strips.
  6. Taking two strips at a time, twist them each around themselves ONCE so that the top is visible again. Press these two strips together and smooth into a "point" at the end. You will end up having eight star points total .Brush the entire loaf with coconut milk once more and bake until golden, around 30 minutes. Best enjoyed warm!
  7. This bread will keep on the counter covered in plastic for up to two days. Freezer storage is best after this time.
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

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Vegan Cheesy Garlic Star Bread is a show-stopping side, surprisingly easy to make! Parmesan, parsley, & butter flavors stacked and twirled into a star.

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Hi, I'm Emily! Garlic Head is a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets. My recipes focus on entertaining-style cuisine, perfect for celebrating all of life's little moments! Meet me here.

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