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Braided Nutella Bread Recipe

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

Creamy Nutella is encased in a 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.

Jar of Nutella

How To Make Nutella Bread

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

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 packet rapid or quick yeast
  • 3 cups flour, bread flour, preferably
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
  • Nutella

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.

How To 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 on dough - How To Braid Bread


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 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
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Nutella Bread

Sweet homemade dough filled with Nutella – it doesn't get any better!
Course Breads
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, chocolate
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 201kcal
Author Lynda

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 packet rapid or quick yeast
  • 3 cups flour bread flour, preferably
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick of 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.

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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
Slice of Nutella Bread

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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Joane

Friday 8th of April 2016

can i use the all purpose flour instead of the bread flour?

Lynda

Friday 8th of April 2016

I would think that it would work. Worst case scenario - you end up with a delicious mistake.

Jiji

Thursday 17th of March 2016

How long do you keep in bread machine? Does the bread machine knead it or do I mix by hand?

Lynda

Thursday 17th of March 2016

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.