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Braided Nutella Bread Recipe

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Nutella Bread can be eaten at any time of the day. It makes a great grab-and-go breakfast, a sweet mid-morning snack, or a dessert.

Loaf of Sweet Nutella Bread on a baking stone.

Creamy Nutella is encased in homemade sweet bread making it a match made in chocolate heaven. The faux braid is not difficult to make and results in a beautiful loaf.

🥘 Ingredients

To make this irresistible sweet bread filled with Nutella, you need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 packet rapid or quick yeast
  • 3 cups flour, bread flour, preferably
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
  • Nutella
Jar of Nutella.

🔪How To Make Nutella Bread

To make the dough, warm milk in the microwave for 40 – 50 seconds on HIGH. It should be warm, but not hot.

Next, combine milk, sugar, and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.

Place flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. On low, add yeast mixture and cooled butter. Combine until smooth. Increase speed and knead for 3-5 minutes.

Place the dough in a large bowl that has been “greased” with oil, turning to coat the dough. Place the  in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

My trick:  I heat my oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit and then turn it off. This creates a nice warm, draft-free environment that is great for “proofing” bread dough.

You can use the bread once it has risen or you can wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze to use at a later time. (The dough can be frozen for 2-3 months.).

Divide the dough in half and work one half at a time.

Make a Braided Loaf

Roll out freshly made dough, or dough that has been frozen and thawed, into a large rectangle.

Slather a generous amount of Nutella down the middle third. (My middles are usually quite generous because I like a lot of filling.)

Nutella spread down the middle of dough.

Along the length of each side cut 1-inch strips. Stop cutting just before you reach the filling.

Sweet dough with Nutella on top.
Sweet bread dough with Nutella slathered down the middle.

Starting at one end, take the top strip and fold it at an angle over the filling so that it almost touches the other side.

Braiding sweet bread with Nutella.

Repeat this step, alternating sides as you go.

Braiding chocolate bread.

When you reach the end be sure to tuck or pinch the final piece. This may not be real pretty and you can always cut it off after it has baked. (You can consider it your sample piece and enjoy it.)

Unbaked braided chocolate bread.

At this point, the braided bread is ready for a second rising. If the baked loaf is a little “wonky,” slice it into pieces or sections and nobody will be none the wiser.

Unbaked Nutella bread.

Let the shaped loaves rise for about 1 hour or until it has doubled again. (I like to spray my loaves with nonstick spray.)

⏲️ Baking Time

Bake loaves for 20 to 25 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before cutting. Store in an airtight container.

Nutella Bread

Sweet homemade dough filled with Nutella – it doesn't get any better!
4.50 from 8 votes
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 201kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 packet rapid or quick yeast
  • 3 cups flour bread flour, preferably
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter melted and cooled
  • Nutella

Instructions

  • Warm milk in microwave for 40 – 50 seconds on HIGH. It should be warm, but not hot.
  • Combine milk, sugar, and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  • Place flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. On low, add yeast mixture and cooled butter. Combine until smooth. Increase speed and knead for 3-5 minutes.
  • Place dough in a large bowl that has been “greased” with oil, turning to coat the dough.
  • Place in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled in size, about an hour. Divide dough in half and work one half at a time.
  • Roll each half into a rectangle on a lightly-floured surface.
  • Spread Nutella down the middle third of the rectangle lengthwise.
  • With a sharp knife, cut 1-inch strips down both sides of dough from filling to edge.
  • Starting at one end, fold a strip from one sides towards the middle. Next, fold the strip directly across over onto the first strip. Repeat. (See How to Braid Bread for further directions.)
  • Place on a baking sheet and let rise for about 1 hour or until it has doubled again. (I like to spray my loaves with nonstick spray.)
  • Bake loaves for 20 to 25 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g
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Slice of Nutella bread.

FAQ

What is Nutella?

Nutella is a delicious, chocolaty hazelnut spread that is made by the Italian manufacturing company Ferrero. According to the manufacturer, the ingredients in Nutella are sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, milk, cocoa, lecithin, and vanillin (artificial vanilla).

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18 Comments

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    1. I use the dough cycle on the bread machine. It does all of the kneading for you. Cycles can vary depending on manufacturer and can be anywhere from an hour to an hour and half. You will need to leave the dough in the machine until the dough cycle is complete.

  2. This looks wonderful and I’m glad you included the photos. I know it took a lot of effort to take photos of every different phase but it makes the recipe so much easier to follow.

    1. This is the best! I make this for my family often, with regular flour. I do add another 1/2 cup of flour, as I live in a humid southern state. I use my bread machine on the dough cycle. Kids love it!

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