Cranberry Raspberry Star Bread

Author: Zoë François

This show-stopper bread is so easy to make! A simple no-knead enriched dough layered with almond and cranberry-raspberry filling, this gorgeous star bread is perfect for holiday celebrations or an everyday treat.

Cranberry Raspberry Star Bread Video Tutorial


Make the dough:

This easy no-knead dough recipe and method is by Simply add all ingredients to a 6-quart bucket and stir to combine. Cover; let dough rise on the counter for 2 hours. Then refrigerate for 4 hours (or up to 5 days) before shaping.




Shape the Star Bread:

Cut off a cantaloupe-sized dough piece (1/2 of the dough). Divide into 4 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a 10-inch round.

Add 1/3 of each filling to the first round. Top with next round and repeat 2 more times. Top with final round.


Use donut cutter to mark middle circle as a guide. Cut 16 equal spokes from edge to middle guide.

Twist 2 spokes towards each other, twice. Pinch edge to seal. Repeat with remaining spokes.


Pinch all seams one more time. Cover; let rise for 90 minutes.

Add egg wash to edges and middle. Sprinkle with decorating sugar.


Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.


Alternate filling options

Pesto & Cheese:

  • 6 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 cup of cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds for sprinkling on top of egg washed star

Spread 2 tablespoons of pesto on the first round, top with 1/3 cup grated cheese, top with next round and repeat with the next two rounds of dough. Top with the final round of dough and shape the star. Brush the center and star tips with egg wash, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake as directed.

Pumpkin: use the filling from here.



4.9 from 52 reviews
Cranberry Raspberry Star Bread
This show-stopper bread is so easy to make! A simple no-knead enriched dough layered with almond and cranberry-raspberry filling, this beautiful star bread is perfect for holiday celebrations or an everyday treat.
Yield: 1 large star bread
For the Enriched Sweet Dough*:
  • (Makes two 2-pound (907g) star breads)
  • 1¾ cups (420g) lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon Platinum Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ cup (170g) honey
  • 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 7 ½ cups (1060g) all-purpose flour
For the Star Bread:
  • (Makes one large star bread)
  • 2 pounds (about 907g) (half of above recipe) Enriched Sweet Dough
  • 6 tablespoons (120g) almond paste
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup raspberry preserves
  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Egg wash (1 egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water)
  • Decorator sugar
  • Confectioners’ sugar, if desired
  1. Make the dough:
  2. Step 1. Mixing and storing the dough: In a 6-quart container, add the water, yeast, salt, eggs, honey, melted butter and flour. Using a large spoon or Danish dough whisk, stir until ingredients are mixed and uniform. (You can also mix ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.) Cover (not airtight) and allow to rise at room temperature for about 2 hours; then store in refrigerator for at least 4 hours to chill the dough before using.

  3. Step 2. Dough can be used as soon as it’s chilled after the initial rise, stored in the refrigerator or frozen for later use. Refrigerate remainder in a non-airtight lidded container and use over the next 5 days. If you plan to keep the dough longer, it stores well in the freezer for up to four weeks in an airtight container. Freeze in one-pound portions.

  4. NOTE: When using frozen dough, thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours before use, then allow usual rest and rise times.

  5. Make the Star Bread:
  6. Step 1. Make the Almond Filling: In a food processor mix together the almond paste, flour, sugar, almond extract, egg yolks and salt until it is a smooth paste. Set aside in a small bowl and clean the processor.
  7. Step 2. Make the Cran-Raspberry Filling: Add the raspberry preserves and cranberries to the clean processor and chop until the cranberries are fine pieces. Set aside.

  8. Step 3. Dust the surface of the refrigerated dough with flour and cut off a 2-pound (cantaloupe-size) piece. If you don't have a scale, it's half of the dough. Place the remaining dough back in the refrigerator. Divide the piece into four equal pieces, dust with more flour and quickly shape them into balls by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go. Cover and let dough balls rest for 20 minutes to allow dough to relax.

  9. Step 4. Roll out the dough balls into four circles about 10-inch wide. As you roll out the dough, add flour as needed to prevent sticking. If the dough shrinks back, let it rest for a few more minutes.

  10. Step 5. Place one of the dough rounds on a piece of parchment paper. Top with ⅓ the almond filling, then ⅓ the raspberry-cranberry mixture. Cover with next round. Repeat with next two layers of dough and fillings. Top with the final layer of dough.

  11. Step 6. Place a 2½-inch biscuit cutter, or anything that size, and round in the center of the dough. Press lightly to make an indent (do not cut the dough) or leave biscuit cutter there as a guide.

  12. Step 7. Use a pizza cutter or bench scraper to cut 16 equal spokes from the edge of the biscuit cutter to the outer edge of the dough.

  13. Step 8. Twist two of the sections toward each other with two rotations, then pinch the two sections together at the end to form a point. Continue with the rest of the sections until you have 8 points. Pinch seams one more time to ensure they won't come apart during rising.

  14. Step 9. Loosely cover the star and rise for 90 minutes.

  15. Step 10. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  16. Step 11. Once star bread has risen, press edges together one last time. Brush the star point edges and center of star with egg wash; sprinkle decorating sugar along edges and center.

  17. Step 12. Bake on stone or sheet pan for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and set.

  18. Step 13. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

  19. Step 14. Allow to cool on a rack.
*Dough recipe and method is by

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Author: Zoë François

Zoe Francois







Zoë François is the co-author of the bestselling cookbook series Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Her latest book in the series, Holiday and Celebration Breads, came out in 2018. She is now working on a Book about cakes due out in Spring 2021. Zoë’s recipes have also been featured in the New York Times, Food 52, The Today Show, Cooking Channel, Fine Cooking, Disney, Bake from Scratch, Easy Eats, Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, and many other media outlets.

Zoë shares the tricks of the trade she learned while a student at the CIA’s pastry program and her decades in professional kitchens, through her websites, ZoeBakes and Breadin5, her books and her award winning Instagram video tutorials (@zoebakes). Zoë also offers long form baking classes through and

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  1. Not only is this the most beautiful bread; it is the BEST tutorial that I have seen (for any recipe) bar none. I have made several loaves of bread in the past; but looking at this gorgeous bread, I felt intimidated to even try it. However after I saw the instructional video by Zoë François –she made it seem so fun and easy–I think I can make it. I know it is more Christmassy; but I will make mine for Easter. And depending on how industrious I feel, I may make a second one with different fillings. I am already planning on having one for Easter morning and invite one or two people over to enjoy it with me; and I hope to make one to give as an Easter morning treat. Thank you so much Zoe and Red Star Yeast. I am going to enjoy this challenge!!!!

  2. I made this with Cinnamon Roll filling and it was AMAZING!

  3. Raspberry Almond is my go to choice of flavor. Yummmmm!

  4. I would be interested in trying an apricot-almond filling.

  5. Would love a chocolate filling!

  6. cream cheese and blueberry

  7. Pesto would be one I would try. Also a sweet almond filling

  8. I would try cinnamon sugar

  9. I would like to make with cherry cream cheese and cardamom flavors 😍🥰🙏

  10. I’ve always wanted to make one of these! Can’t wait to try it

  11. This looks delicious.

  12. Savory, maybe Pesto and additional cheese of some sort.

  13. I’d like to try it with cinnamon and raisins, maybe with a thin layer of pastry cream 😋

  14. I would love to try orange zest and melted chocolate in this recipe.

  15. Looks yummy!

  16. I would like to try strawberry in this recipe.

  17. I will try this: Cranberry Raspberry Star Bread
    Thanks a lot for all those recipes. Nice products too.

  18. Can’t wait to try this recipe, but since my right hand is in a cast, it will have to wait for several weeks. I wonder how a ground nuts with cinnamon und sugar version would be.

  19. I can’t wait to make this Cranberry Star Bread! I LOVE cranberry!

  20. The pesto version sounds great to me. Looking forward to using some dates, walnuts and ? in the next round.

  21. This is a beautiful loaf, and the video and instructions are great! The combination of flavors are wonderful as is the presentation. Red Star Yeast is so dependable and has the best recipes! It’s all I use. @upnorthbread on Instagram.

  22. I need to try this recipe again.

  23. What a beautiful presentation, I would like to try a combo of choppedd apples and orange marmalade.

  24. Looks delicious

  25. This looks delicious!

  26. This star bread looks so lucious. I think this is very appealing recipe.

  27. would like to try with apple butter.

  28. It looks beautiful.

  29. Tried to emulate the following ever since I somehow navigated to buzz around a new but really probably very vintage cardamom bun.
    “If you’re not sure what green podded cardamom tastes like, there’s no better way to find out than by tasting a Swedish kardemummabulle, a sweet bun perfumed with the southern Indian spice. The best place to try it would be at Fabrique, a Stockholm bakery that has opened a location in New York. Here, the knotted pastry is at its buttery finest, imbued with the piney warmth of the spice.”
    Plan to try cardamom filling in this spectacular star. Tried to emulate the bun using puff pastry and shaping as the production video showed…Wow!



  31. I loved the video. No link to get to the give away.

  32. What a beautiful bread! If I were to swap out the filling for something different, I might try Nutella as the base spread, and since cherries taste great with chocolate, I’d use cherry preserves and dried cherries, and maybe even some hazelnuts.

  33. I think I will try it with orange marmalade and cranberries. I love this flavor combination.

  34. I am going to make this!It looks so good

  35. I’d like to try rosemary and sweet onion.

  36. I use Red Star Platform yeast all the time. It’s the best!!

  37. It looks delicious, I’ll have to shop for a few of the ingredients today! My grandmother use to make salt & pepper bread & twisted it the same way, so happy I watched the video, it was so helpful!!!!

  38. I’d like to make this recipe with my favorite combo – cinnamon raisin.

  39. Wonder if chocolate hazelnut spread would work?

  40. I would like to try pumpkin and cream cheese.

  41. I would like to try using Strawberry or blueberries in this recipe. Looks really good.

  42. I made my first star bread recently and filled it with fruit mince for Christmas. I can’t wait to try another one,

  43. How about a tart cherry filling. This looks so yummy!

  44. Be still my Cranberry loving heart! What a wonderful page to open too! I think I might have about 8 lbs. of cranberries frozen in the freezer, and the family is a teeny bit done with the cranberry orange bread LOL. I will be making this first thing tomorrow morning… I’d make it now, but it’s going on midnight! Thank you for the recipe! (even though I have not made this recipe as of yet, I gave it 5 stars because I LOVE CRANBERRIES !!!)

  45. Love the simple recipes.

  46. I wonder if rhubarb and strawberry would work. It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  47. Now I need a special occasion to make this. It looks fabulous!

  48. I would like to try peach filling in your recipe

  49. I would love to try cherry!

  50. Looking forward to trying this recipe a chocolate hazelnut filling!

  51. Such a beautiful bread! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  52. I would love a chocolate filling.

  53. Thanks for sharing such great step by step instructions. Definitely am inspired to attempt it now. Beautiful bread and a great gift.

  54. Hubby & I tried this recipe and technique. It was awesome!! LOVED IT!


  56. I really enjoy making yeast breads and the “savory” ones really look good to try!

  57. Such a gorgeous bread – eager to make it soon!

  58. Figs or date filling would be nice.

  59. I liked the raspberry filling a lot, but I’m thinking of trying a savory type next, maybe with a spread made of roasted red peppers, parmesan, maybe black olives. I’ve made a similar bread with a maple brown sugar filling and that would be good here too.

  60. this recipe sounds really good as is. I’ll give it a try !!

  61. Any type of pizza toppings would beer excellent.

  62. Might be pretty topped with with colored or clear sparkling sugar, or snow white non-melting sugar instead of confectioners sugar.

  63. I think that a cranberry Orange filling would be a good combo.
    its looks mouth watering, delicious.

  64. It’s gorgeous. I’m not sure I could replicate it credibly, but it’s sure to be tasty anyway. I’d like to try a combination of strawberry or raspberry & rhubarb. It should turn out just as pretty & delicious as the original recipe pictured.

  65. I would like to try it with cinnamon and raisins.

  66. Looks wonderful! Will have to try

  67. I would do a savory feta and olive star bread

  68. This is such a beautiful and an impressive looking bread, I love lemon and blueberries so I am trying those in my filling. Thank you !

  69. So beautiful – I can’t wait to attempt it!

  70. She looks as sweet as her wonderful breads

  71. I’d definitely have to try something that involves chocolate and nuts!

  72. I would love to try a blueberry filling. Looks delicious!

  73. I would love to try this with a Nutella filling.

  74. I would try it with a hazelnut creme filling.

  75. I would love to make a recipe of red pepper hummus and feta cheese as a filling for the Star Bread filling. I also think the everything seasoning will be perfect!

  76. I think I’d like to try a lemon curd and poppy seed filling.

  77. Really beautiful! And it looks tasty too. I’ll be trying this one soon.

  78. Enjoy recipes, but would like adapted to dough cycle of bread machine.
    Sharon Provenzano

  79. looks good

  80. i haven’t tried this recipe yet, but i’m so excited. the instructions are great

  81. I made this yesterday and it was so good! So easy to make Everyone! Everyone loved it. The only problem I had was spreading the almond filling – it was so thick I couldn’t spread it (it was ripping the dough), it only got on spots of the bread. Any suggestions of what to add to the almond spread for easier spreading?

    • Hi Crissy,
      We’re glad you enjoyed the bread! You could try warming the almond paste slightly for easier spreading.

      Happy baking!

  82. I was so intrigued when my niece made this recipe and shared it in a picture on Facebook. I had to try it so off to the store I went for the ingredients I did not have. It was so simple and so good and definitely everyone thinks it was a lot of work! I love that I can get two out of one recipe.

  83. Can this recipe be made with SAF-Instant red yeast?

    • Hi Annie,
      Yes, substitute SAF Instant Red Yeast 1-for-1. Rise times may vary, just keep an eye on your dough.

      Happy baking!

  84. This is very easy for such an impressive result. The dough is so billowy and tastes perfect! The cranberry has just the right about of tart. I also made my own almond paste which pushed me into a new baking skill. Thanks! I’m making this again with pesto and cheese for sure.

  85. Can you make them in advance and freeze for later/gifts?

  86. I love Zoe’s recipes and tutorials. Love that her son works her camera! Always so informative and will try the Red Star Platinum Yeast.

  87. so happy be able to joying the live section, definite I will made this for my Christmas table. Thank you so much for share it!!!

  88. Oh my, what a beautiful piece of artwork for a bread..can’t wait to give it a whirl..Thanks for sharing!!

  89. Hi where can I find the almond paste. Or do you have a recipe for almond paste.

  90. This was such a wonderful recipe to put together. It is in the oven right now (Thanksgiving morning)! While it will be a very simple small gathering this year, the star symbolizes bright days ahead. Can’t wait to taste it.

  91. I have made this star lots of fun to make as well to eat.

  92. I can’t wait to try this recipe! It’s beautiful! I had a family recipe that my family just loved but, alas it has been lost in time. I know this will be the perfect replacement. Thx so much. Happy holidays to you and ours….

  93. Looks gorgeous! Can’t use almond anything….what to sub for almond paste? Nancy

    • Hi Nancy,
      You could just leave out the almond paste, or maybe try cream cheese or something else that would pair nicely with the cran-raspberry filling. Or you can fill it with your own favorite fillings!
      Happy baking!

  94. that is a beautiful work of art ! I can’t wait to try making this.

    Thanks you for sharing it, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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