Jam Cookies: aka split seconds

Raspberry, Strawberry, Apricot or any other jam filling works perfect!

About the cookies:
  • makes ~30 one inch slices
  • whole wheat (pictured) but regular flour works too!
  • any jam works or honey
  • bakes in under 30 mins
  • simple ingredients
  • soft cookie, subtle crunch on the outside
The Method:

This recipe is like many cookie batters made with two bowls; one wet and one dry.

Firstly, the dry bowl is made by whisking the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Secondly, the wet bowl is made by creaming butter and sugar, then adding an egg and vanilla.

Third, the two bowls are combined by folding the dry flour mixture into the wet mixture until a ball of dough appears.

THen, the recipe changes slightly to creature the particular shape we want in the end.

The dough is placed on a floured work surface and divided into four pieces. Each piece is then made into a log about 10 inches long by one inch wide. A mixing spoon id then used to made the hollow insert for the jam; and the jam is poured in, before baking.

Lastly, the cookies are baked in the middle rack at 350 Degrees F for ~25-30 minutes and set to cool completely before slicing.

the recipe

prep timebake timecooling time
10 mins25-30 mins~15 mins
Yields: 30 one inch cookies

Jam Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (12 tablespoons) softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ~1/4 cup jam of choice

Procedure

Step 1) Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment; set aside.

Step 2) in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

Step 3) in another medium/large bowl beat the unsalted butter with an electric mixer on medium or by hand with a spoon until it looks fluffy and whipped. Add the sugar and vanilla, and mix until a grainy texture appears. add the egg and mix for a few more minutes.

Step 4)In thirds, fold the dry mixture into the wet butter mixture with a rubber spatula until all the flour is incorporated and a ball of dough appears.

Step 5) on a lightly floured work surface, place the ball of dough and divide it into four equal quarters. Roll each into a log (I like to pretend I’m rolling out a snake with the dough, this makes a fast and even log shape without a rolling pin) and use the handle of a mixing spoon to make the hollow indent. place the log on your baking sheet and Fill the indent with jam.

Step 6)Bake for ~25-30 mins on the middle rack. or until slightly golden edges appear.

Let cool, slice and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Star Bread: oozing with flavour

Sweet Strawberry jam oozing out of soft pull apart bread. Sounds good to me! Star bread is a lovely bread to display on your counter and it truly invites you to go on and pull off a twist! Whether it’s jam or Nutella, or even cinnamon sugar the possibilities are endless. Happy Baking!

The Method

A quick overview of the steps: More detailed in the Recipe itself

  1. The dough: This dough recipe is a very simple one that anyone can master. However, it does take patience. With yeast, sugar, milk ,butter, egg and flour, it can be whipped up pretty quick! however, the importance is the rising. This dough will need 90-120 mins to rise.
  2. Rolling out layers: In order to achieve layers of filling (jam, Nutella, cinnamon etc) we have to roll out 4 discs of dough like mini pizza being spread with pizza sauce. Except we will be using filling not sauce 🙂 After, we will stack all four discs.
  3. The cut and twist: This part gets a little messier as the filling oozes, but fear not! it’s super fun . In the centre of the stacked and filing spread dough, we will place a cup to make a circle ring in the centre as a reference for equal length strips. We will then cut 16 strips and twist them to make 8 peaks of the star shape.
  4. The egg wash: brush with egg wash and bake! Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Tips to consider:

Jam filled !
  • Filling with jam, Nutella, or a spread that is slightly sticky, try to make sure not to overfill. A good way to ensure you do not spread too much on each dough layer is to leave a ring of untouched dough around each disc.
  • When filling try not to leave excess filling on the bottom, otherwise it may burn or stick to the pan/parchment. I suggest wiping up any that fell before putting in he oven 🙂
  • Be sure to use an egg-wash or buttermilk for those crisp edges. If you choose not to. it will turn out nice as well. It will just be a sightly softer bread.
prep timebake time total time
~2 30 mins *includes rising~30 mins~3 hours
Serves 8

The Recipe

Star Bread : Jam filled

Ingredients:

The dough:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour + more for rolling later
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

ideas: jam, jelly, Nutella, cinnamon, savoury cheese scallion, etc.

  • Remember the EGG WASH!

Procedure

Step 1) Make the dough.

In a large bowl place the yeast and sugar and warm the milk in a saucepan until just before it simmers/boils or in the microwave for about 40-45 seconds. pour the warm milk onto the yeat and sugar and cover with a towl for 5-7 mins. it should look frothy once done.

Step 2)

Add the butter, flour, egg, and salt to the yeast mixture. You can use your hands or a mixer with a dough hook attachment to mix all the ingredients together until well combined. If it seems quite sticky an additional couple Tablespoons of flour can be added. Not too much!

Step 3)

Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for 90-120 minutes until it has doubled in size. A nice place for the dough is in the oven on a very low temperature such as “keep warm” or 150 degrees F. After preheated turn the temperature off and the warmth will still linger inside ! perfect temperature for dough! On the kitchen counter works as well.

Step 4)

The filling and assembling:

Take the dough and split it into 4 equal balls. On a lightly floured surface roll the balls out into equal size discs as best you can. Spread your filling on each as if spreading pizza sauce on mini pizzas! now, stack each disc on-top of each-other into a pile. place a glass in the center and make a subtle indent so you can see where the center is to ensure the strips being cut are roughly the same length. First, cut four equal sections around the center. next, cut those all in half, making 8 strips. finally, cut each of those in half, ending with 16 strips. Now, take two strips at a time and twist them opposite. One cockwise, the other counterclockwise, meeting at the end and pinch them together. Repeat until there are 8 peaks to your star bread! 🙂

Step 5)

Brush with egg wash and finish with course sugar.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F (170 C) and bake for 25-30 mins

Powder sugar. Serve. Enjoy!

Star Bread: oozing with flavour

Sweet Strawberry jam oozing out of soft pull apart bread. Sounds good to me! Star bread is a lovely bread to display on your counter and it truly invites you to go on and pull off a twist! Whether it’s jam or Nutella, or even cinnamon sugar the possibilities are endless. Happy Baking!

The Method

A quick overview of the steps: More detailed in the Recipe itself

  1. The dough: This dough recipe is a very simple one that anyone can master. However, it does take patience. With yeast, sugar, milk ,butter, egg and flour, it can be whipped up pretty quick! however, the importance is the rising. This dough will need 90-120 mins to rise.
  2. Rolling out layers: In order to achieve layers of filling (jam, Nutella, cinnamon etc) we have to roll out 4 discs of dough like mini pizza being spread with pizza sauce. Except we will be using filling not sauce 🙂 After, we will stack all four discs.
  3. The cut and twist: This part gets a little messier as the filling oozes, but fear not! it’s super fun . In the centre of the stacked and filing spread dough, we will place a cup to make a circle ring in the centre as a reference for equal length strips. We will then cut 16 strips and twist them to make 8 peaks of the star shape.
  4. The egg wash: brush with egg wash and bake! Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Tips to consider:

Jam filled !
  • Filling with jam, Nutella, or a spread that is slightly sticky, try to make sure not to overfill. A good way to ensure you do not spread too much on each dough layer is to leave a ring of untouched dough around each disc.
  • When filling try not to leave excess filling on the bottom, otherwise it may burn or stick to the pan/parchment. I suggest wiping up any that fell before putting in he oven 🙂
  • Be sure to use an egg-wash or buttermilk for those crisp edges. If you choose not to. it will turn out nice as well. It will just be a sightly softer bread.
prep timebake time total time
~2 30 mins *includes rising~30 mins~3 hours
Serves 8

The Recipe

Star Bread : Jam filled

Ingredients:

The dough:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour + more for rolling later
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

ideas: jam, jelly, Nutella, cinnamon, savoury cheese scallion, etc.

  • Remember the EGG WASH!

Procedure

Step 1) Make the dough.

In a large bowl place the yeast and sugar and warm the milk in a saucepan until just before it simmers/boils or in the microwave for about 40-45 seconds. pour the warm milk onto the yeat and sugar and cover with a towl for 5-7 mins. it should look frothy once done.

Step 2)

Add the butter, flour, egg, and salt to the yeast mixture. You can use your hands or a mixer with a dough hook attachment to mix all the ingredients together until well combined. If it seems quite sticky an additional couple Tablespoons of flour can be added. Not too much!

Step 3)

Cover the dough with a towel and let it rise for 90-120 minutes until it has doubled in size. A nice place for the dough is in the oven on a very low temperature such as “keep warm” or 150 degrees F. After preheated turn the temperature off and the warmth will still linger inside ! perfect temperature for dough! On the kitchen counter works as well.

Step 4)

The filling and assembling:

Take the dough and split it into 4 equal balls. On a lightly floured surface roll the balls out into equal size discs as best you can. Spread your filling on each as if spreading pizza sauce on mini pizzas! now, stack each disc on-top of each-other into a pile. place a glass in the center and make a subtle indent so you can see where the center is to ensure the strips being cut are roughly the same length. First, cut four equal sections around the center. next, cut those all in half, making 8 strips. finally, cut each of those in half, ending with 16 strips. Now, take two strips at a time and twist them opposite. One cockwise, the other counterclockwise, meeting at the end and pinch them together. Repeat until there are 8 peaks to your star bread! 🙂

Step 5)

Brush with egg wash and finish with course sugar.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F (170 C) and bake for 25-30 mins

Powder sugar. Serve. Enjoy!