Can you believe there is such a thing? When I saw this on Pinterest I knew I must (and really should not…) make this.
Like I said in my previous post I am itching to cook and bake, so I thought this was the perfect day to try this.
I started by going to Superstore…I do not keep Nutella in my house for very good reasons (I would eat it…all of it). I also didn’t have dry active yeast. I do usually have the quick rise stuff, but this recipe needed the real deal.
Once I was back, I added a teaspoon of yeast to 1/4 cup warm water and let it activate for 10 minutes.
While that was working I added 5 cups of flour, 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar to my stand mixer bowl. I contemplated adding ground flax to this (you know how I feel about fiber) but then just imagined Andrew rolling his eyes and accusing me of somehow ruining a wonderful, delicious treat. So I skipped it. I know I am going to regret that later…I’ll add it next time I make this.
After the yeast was activated, I poured it in to the dry ingredients and added the rest of the water (1 3/4 cups) and put the mixer on low until a ball formed. Then I turned up the mixer to medium and let it knead for 5-7 minutes.
I removed the dough from the mixer bowl and placed it into a lightly greased bowl. I covered it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about an hour (until it has doubled in size). Near the end of the hour I had to turn on the fireplace and put the dough in front of that so that it would rise…needless to say we keep our house quite cool, but it rose none the less.
I split my dough into two equal pieces.
I doubled this recipe, because I figured
- It’s nutella bread so I am sure we will want more than one loaf
- It is a bit of a labor intensive recipe, so may as well make it worth my while
I rolled it out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle.
I heated up about a 1/2 cup of nutella for 20 seconds so that it was easily spreadable and slathered it onto the dough.
I rolled it up tightly and transferred it to a tin foil lined baking sheet that I had sprayed. (I’m not one of those fancy bakers who has parchment paper on hand)
I cut the roll in half leaving it attached at the top.
Then I attempted to make a braid…
After both rolls were done, I covered them with plastic wrap and let them sit another 20 minutes.
I made an egg wash and brushed that over the bread before I put it into a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, I increased the temperature to 425 degrees, moved the pan to the top rack and let the bread brown up. But watch it carefully…this can go from brown to completely burnt very quickly!
This is delicious! I am glad that I can’t easily whip this up or else I would want to make it all the time. Maybe this will just have to be a special occasion, company kind of treat. Smethursts, you guys ready for a loaf of this? Its coming tonight!