I’ve been a sourdough roll (no pun intended) ever since Emilie Raffa‘s new book Artisan Sourdough Made Simple landed in my lap. If you’ve been following along on my instagram feed and daily stores you would have noticed all the baking happening lately. I’m getting into a weekly rhythm on making dough on Saturdays and baking on Sunday.
Last weekend it was more of her High Hydration sourdough loaves, which I shared the recipe for a couple of post back on the blog. I upped my game by ordering some Massachusetts grown and milled heritage wheat flours from Four Star Farms (not sponsored-just love) and the flavor and crumb of those last loaves were amazing! Flour DOES make a huge difference. Plus another batch of Emilie’s Sunday Morning Bagels coated in all the toasty seeds that I love. They once again did not last very long. I strained some of my homemade vegan yogurt (tutorial here) to smear on them and it was a divine breakfasting experience. And lastly by certainly not least of all was this super festive holiday chai spice sweet dough loaf that you see here today.
I developed this recipe based off Emilie’s sweet dough sourdough recipe and my spelt sourdough hot cross bun recipe plus inspiration from pretty star wreath loaves I’ve seen before usually made with a nutella filling. The dough calls for a little bit of honey, so it’s not vegan but you can swap it with maple syrup or another sweetener of choice. This is another great way to use that chai spice mix you made for my Chai Spice Poached Pear Cake last month. Baking this beauty fills the home with a beautiful spicy festive aroma that will make all of your people come running to the kitchen. You can make these as cinnamon buns or a twist loaf too.
The star wreath is not as hard as it looks. I made stop motion video of the entire process below so watch and pause as needed for a visual guide to each step.
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This would make such a beautiful presentation on a holiday table, think Christmas morning. I know – It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but we are embracing the Holiday spirit this year and are actually going to get our Christmas tree TOday! Can’t wait to surprise Iley after school!
Recipe after the jump…