In a bowl, add in the milk, yeast and sugar. Give it a stir. Next in goes the softened butter and mix again.
Add the flour and salt little at a time and using a spatula combine together until you get a sticky mass.
Then transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for around 15 mins until it is soft and elastic. If using a stand mixer simply knead for 5 mins.
Oil a bowl and place the dough in it to rise for first proofing - 2 hours. If using an Instant Pot follow the same steps of oiling the inner pot. Place the dough lightly oil the top of the dough too so it doesn't dry out. Close the lid and choose Yogurt mode and set the time for 1 hour.
After the proofing time, punch down the dough to de-gas. Divide evenly into four portions. Roll out one portion into a circle with 10 inch diameter whilst keeping the rest covered to prevent it from drying.
Take 1/4 cup of strawberry jam and spread it all around the circle leaving just an inch of gap at the end.
Roll the next portion too into inches diameter circle and place it on top of the strawberry jam layer. Repeat the steps until you reach the bare top and you will have 4 layers of circles with 3 layers of filling.
Take a cookie cutter or any lid which is 2.5 inch in diameter and make an indent in the centre. This is the centre of the star and then make 16 slits across the dough like the way shown in step by step pictorial form above or from the video.
Twist the adjacent two sections outwards twice and pinch the edges to seal together.
Cover with a cloth and allow it for second proofing - 30 mins.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C. After the second proofing, if you find that the bread has lost some shape then again seal the edges first then brush the bread with some milk and bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown and baked through.
Apply some butter once baked and dust with icing sugar and simply enjoy with your cuppa coffee for breakfast
Make sure the butter is softened and the milk is warm.
Let the yeast proof for 15 mins before proceeding with the recipe if you are using any other variety other than Instant Yeast.
Choose any filling of your choice as per the variations I have mentioned in the post or of your choice. Only thing to note is that avoid using bigger chunks as you would have a hard time slicing the bread dough. At the same time avoid using juicy filling as it will ooze out and you won't get the look of the star bread once baked.
This is exactly what happened with my loaf of bread too.. I guess the jam spread a little at the centre and I lost the circular shape effect if you look closely.
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