If you’re anything like us, you’ll love the thrill of entertaining and all that goes with it. The anticipation of your guests, hiding the nervousness of the outcome of your dishes underneath your super cool exterior, and the feeling afterwards of an evening done well.
And nothing says “hello look what I can do” more, than this simply amazing lemon pomegranate star bread. Made using Nature Restore Organic Pomegranate Juice Powder (but would also be great with Raspberry Powder) it makes the ideal centerpiece for your dining table.
It was created by the superbly talented Karlee Flores from @oliveandartisan and despite its intricate look, it’s not as difficult to make as you might first think.
Our pomegranate powder is packed with vitamins and minerals, and what’s more, it’s teeming with beneficial antioxidants. In fact, pomegranates contain three times the level of antioxidants of red wine and green tea!
Here’s how to create this beautiful bake.
2 tsp instant or active dry yeast
3 tbs sugar
¾ cup whole milk
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
Filling½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup pomegranate powder or raspberry powder
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp lemon juice
Egg wash (1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tbsp cream)
Powdered sugar for dusting
DoughPlace the yeast and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment.
Heat the milk to about 110 degrees and add to sugar and yeast mix.
Whisk gently to combine, then loosely cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
Add the butter, egg, flour, and salt.
Beat on medium speed for about 3 minutes.
Form the dough into a ball, and place back into the bowl.
Cover and let rest until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Beat the butter, pomegranate powder, lemon zest, and lemon juice until well combined. It might look a little shaggy but that’s okay.
ConstructionPreheat oven to 350 degrees.
Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a 10-inch circle.
Place the bottom circle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Top with filling and spread out leaving a ½ inch border.
Layer the remaining circles and filling on top. The top layer will not have filling.
Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut any scraps around the edges so you have an even circle.
Place a 2–3-inch round object or bowl in the center and make an indent. This is the center of the star.
Using a knife, cut 16 even strips. Grab two strips and twist them away from each other twice, then press the two ends together to make a point.
Cover the shaped bread with plastic wrap and let rise for about 20 minutes.
Lightly brush with egg wash.
Bake for about 25- 30 minutes or until golden brown. Some of the filling will spill out but that’s okay.
Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy.