Picture of Star shaped Brioche Bread
Some time ago I saw a recipe with this original shape and fell in love with it. I had never seen anything like that before and I thought that I had to try it too for Christmas. After all, this star shape is perfect for Christmas!

The recipe I saw had nutella in it and although I love it (who doesn't?!) I wanted to use something more natural than that. For this reason, I decided to make a chocolate cream with ricotta and hazelnuts. This is something I made up so I wasn't really sure about it but luckily, it turned out delicious, and even better than what I expected!

The recipe of the dough is the classic brioche bread that many of you may know.
It turned out extremely soft and the chocolate cream is perfect with it.
I get hungry just writing about it :D
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 500gr all purpose flour (2.5 cups)
  • 2 eggs
  • 60gr sugar (1/3 cup)
  • 180ml room temperature milk (3/4 cup)
  • 80gr room temperature butter (5.57 tbsp)
  • 7gr active dry yeast (2.47 tsp)
  • 8gr salt (1.41 tsp)
  • an orange peel
For the chocolate cream:
  • 35gr cocoa powder (1/3 cup)
  • 75gr sugar (3/8 cup)
  • 250gr ricotta (1 cup)
  • 30gr hazelnuts (1.06 oz)
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crystalheart made it!12 days ago

Thank you for the beautiful instructions....see what I made!

lindarose92 (author)  crystalheart12 days ago

Beautiful! And I am sure it turned out very good too ;) Thanks for sharing!

Rich_Limburger made it!7 months ago

nice to see this version on instructables. i made the Nutella version. On december 31 i made it with between the 2 toplayers a almond, cinnamon, honey and raisin mix. Below is the one with only Nutella

lindarose92 (author)  Rich_Limburger7 months ago

It looks great!! And the other version you made sounds so good...thanks for sharing! :)

Absolutely Brilliant :)

lindarose92 (author)  Passion Make1 year ago

Thanks a lot!! :)

shazni1 year ago

This is really beautiful! I must try it :-)

lindarose92 (author)  shazni1 year ago

Thank you Shazni, it's very good too!! :)

This looks delicious, and SO pretty!

Congratulations on the win!

lindarose92 (author)  FrecklesMagee1 year ago

Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it! :)

bajablue1 year ago

Beautiful, Lindarose!!!

lindarose92 (author)  bajablue1 year ago

Oh thank you so much!! :)

BrittLiv1 year ago
I just saw that you've won the baking contest. Congratulation!
lindarose92 (author)  BrittLiv1 year ago

Thank you Britt!! :)

I have been working in the bakery busineness for 40 years, and that is one of the most unique products I have ever seen. Congratulations.
lindarose92 (author)  trickman7771 year ago
Wow, thank you so much! That is one of the best compliments I've ever gotten :)
786Ayesha1 year ago
Congratulations! Linda :)
lindarose92 (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago
Thank you Ayesha! :)
antoniraj1 year ago
Congratulations Linda...
lindarose92 (author)  antoniraj1 year ago
Thank you!! :)
Congratulations Linda :)
lindarose92 (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
Thank you Emily!! :)
786Ayesha1 year ago
Congrats Linda!
lindarose92 (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago
Oh and congratulations to you too for being a finalist in the Potluck contest!!
lindarose92 (author)  786Ayesha1 year ago
Thank you Ayesha! :)
Congrats Linda for making to the finals of baking contest!
lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Thank you Muhaiminah, I've just found out about it and seen that you are a finalist too!! Congratulations!! :)
lnoo1 year ago
You may think it was difficult to bake but your instructions were so good I had not much problems with it. Oh and it was the first time I tried to bake! Thank you for the effort creating the instructions.
lindarose92 (author)  lnoo1 year ago
Oh this makes me so happy, thank you so much!! :)
HollyMann1 year ago
Wow - I saw this picture in the baking contest and had no idea you made this - looks absolutely incredible! Amazing!
lindarose92 (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you so much Holly! This is probably one of the hardest things I've ever tried to bake :D
spunk1 year ago
This is really beautiful!
You did a great job!
lindarose92 (author)  spunk1 year ago
Thank you, I'm so glad you like it! :)
laxap1 year ago
M.U.S.T. T.R.Y. A.S.A.P.
lindarose92 (author)  laxap1 year ago
Thank you so much! :)
Bruno1531 year ago
This looks fantastic!
But I'm kinda confused, as I've read that the active yeast requires being mixed with warm water first in order to work properly, unlike instant yeast... Isn't this a problem?
lindarose92 (author)  Bruno1531 year ago
The problem is mostly given by the language I guess :( In Italian it's called "lievito di birra disidratato", so after a research online, I came to the conclusion that it was called active dry yeast in English.
I know about the fresh yeast requiring warm water and sugar but the yeast powder I used here needs sugar only.
I recommend you to follow the instructions written on your yeast, in case it says that it needs warm water, you can warm up the milk a little instead. But that's also why I used room temperature milk instead of the cold one.
I hope this helps :)
Well, I'm trying this one ASAP! Thank You!
lindarose92 (author)  Bruno1531 year ago
You are welcome, let me know how it turns out! :)
It turned out to be the best thing I've ever baked! I had to use some substitutes though... the ricotta here is way too bulky to use for it, so I added mascarpone instead with a splash of milk to make it creamy. My people couldn't really belive that I actually baked it! Thanks!
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