Thursday, January 9, 2014

Braided Nutella Bread

First of all I know this recipe looks like there are a lot of steps I broke it down this way because for me it is easier to keep my place.  As I am typing this the amazing aroma of chocolate is filling my home.  This bread makes my house smell like a bakery which I am honestly completely fine with.  I love the smell of fresh baked bread and when you add chocolate in the mix I think we have perfection, and I am just talking about the smell, we haven't even started talking about the taste yet. 

 I absolutely adore the way it looks on a platter it is gorgeous (yes I talk about food like it is a person).  The braids make it so fun yet elegant looking, the wonderful part is that it is so simple!  People will think that you worked incredibly hard and yet it takes just a couple of minutes to make something so beautiful.

So now the important part how does it taste?  I am completely convinced that anything with Nutella is bound to be quite tasty.  For me this is over the top, the dough for the bread is nice and soft but has a little crunch and the chocolate just oozes out of it.  It might be messy but it is beyond worth it.  I hope that you enjoy this sweet treat as much as I did!     
1/2 teaspoon yeast 
1 cup warm water  
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon sugar 
1/2 cup Nutella  

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of the water. 
Let sit for 10 minutes to activate.
Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. 
After add yeast and the remaining water, mix on low with a dough hook attachment. 
Turn speed up to medium, and knead dough for about 7 minutes.
Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. 
Cover bowl loosely with plastic wrap, and then set in a warm place. 
The dough is ready when doubled in size - about an hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to form a rectangle, roughly 12 x 15”. 
Spread Nutella in an even layer on the surface, leaving a ½ inch border of dough.
Roll tightly and place on a parchment-lined / silicon-lined baking sheet that’s been sprinkled with cornmeal. (Make sure you pinch to seal it.)
Cut the dough down the middle with a knife, leaving one end intact. 
Twist ends overtop each other, making sure to turn cut side toward the top. 
Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let sit 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F.  
Bake bread for 20 minutes. 
Raise temperature to 425°F and bake until lightly browned on top, about 5-7 minutes more.
Remove from oven, and let cool before serving.
 Braided Nutella Bread | Inspired by Charm

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