So while it must not get sticky, it shouldn’t get too dry either. Anyway, let me know if you need any help. You can find these at Nisbet’s catering equipment. Hey Adam, If you could find this recipe you would make me so very happy. Happy Holidays. Hey Joan, Around here, nobody has ever heard of it. Hope this helps. It would indent a bit when I poked it, as rising dough likes to do, but it didn’t rise like you’d expect a usual dough to do. I’ve asked my husband’s siblings if they could help solve this mystery. I made the usual starter with the little amount of water it calls for plus a little more (it always seems to need a tiny bit more) to bring it together into a pliable dough. I believe the bread machine is used for the rollers only? A great reason to have a KitchenAid. The pasta roller attachment should work for the last stage of kneading, as long as it’s pretty powerful. Once you’ve mixed the dough, put away the flour. Please spread the word about Recipephany! Prepare bread dough through step 3 below. Star bread, the American cousin of what I consider the finest bread in Italy, is the stuff of legends. I guess you can make it in lots of shapes. © 2020 Diane Brody. Again, thanks, and I hope it goes well! Clyde’s and Balboni’s I had the best bread that we picked up every weekend. Diane, Diane, thank you so much for posting this. The texture of the bread is so smooth and velvety. Try Raegan’s No-Knead Focaccia ( if you really want easy, great results. Make Ahead Options. So yes, there’s a secret. Mix the night before baking: Stir ingredients in a medium bowl, then knead briefly to combine. Add the egg, olive oil, salt, and all-purpose flour. If you want to make enough starter for next time you make the bread, double this and freeze what’s leftover and use within a few weeks. I made two loaves today, and followed the recipe exactly. (function(d, s, id) { Check it out at Good luck! I grew up in Bridgewater Ma and have relatives in Plymouth and Kingston. I’m impressed with your dedication. The thirsty flour does crave sprinkles of water as you work the dough, though. Knead by hand for about 25 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. It’s so fun and rewarding to make, you might find that baking it creates its own joyful occasion. Thanks, Let me know if you have luck in getting local bakers to make it. Does anyone have any suggestions for the bread machine or rollers? Clyde’s in Plymouth sold it in these white bags that the oil from the bread would bleed through pretty quickly. The image looks the closest to what the Balboni family were baking in Plymouth. The only bread my husband and I have ever had that came close to star bread was in a restaurant in Bologna decades ago. I’d appreciate if you’d spread the word about Recipephany and this recipe! //-->, Copyright 2018 by Hillbilly Housewife. I am lucky enough to live in Agawam (my in-laws actually lived a few streets away from Balbonis). For decades I’ve sought this holy grail of bread recipes. But it was so good it never lasted that long. Italian Star Bread Recipe. Sorry if you ran into problems, and please keep me posted! In contrast, the soft crumb inside is fine, compact, and as bright as a Hollywood smile. 1. Good for you in getting SAF yeast and making pizza! Since publishing our Soft Cinnamon Rolls last year, our readers have become yeast converts and LOVING the outcome!. Sprinkle in just enough water so that the dough has a smooth surface and gets slightly elastic, although it won’t be as stretchy as other bread doughs. Shortening makes for higher cookies than butter does, so maybe there’s something about how it works with the flour that increases height. That’s great news! This low-moisture dough makes kneading a challenge. It is shaped sort of like a “butterfly” and kind of twisty. Yes, Star Bread is incredibly regional. Cover; let rise in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes or until … I thank her, though, because had she spilled her family secret I would not be sharing it with you now. Joyce.