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Nutella Bread, aka Chocolate Bread

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Nutella Bread can be eaten any time of the day.  It makes a great grab-and-go breakfast, a sweet mid-morning snack, or a dessert whenever something sweet is desired.  My kids and I usually just call it Chocolate Bread, but regardless of what it’s called, it’s great!

slices of Nutella Bread

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Nutella Bread

Nutella Bread

Sweet homemade dough filled with Nutella - it doesn't get any better!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes

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

  1. Warm milk in microwave for 40 - 50 seconds on HIGH. It should be warm, but not hot.
  2. Combine milk, sugar, and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes or until foamy.
  3. 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.
  4. Place dough in a large bowl that has been "greased" with oil, turning to coat the dough.
  5. 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.
  6. Roll each half into a rectangle on a lightly-floured surface.
  7. Spread Nutella down the middle third of the rectangle lengthwise.
  8. With a sharp knife, cut 1-inch strips down both sides of dough from filling to edge.
  9. 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.)
  10. 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.)
  11. Bake loaves for 20 to 25 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 201Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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This sweet irresistible loaf of chocolate bread is really easy to make.  Nutella is a delicious, chocolaty hazelnut spread that is made by the Italian manufacturing company Ferrero. 

Nutella and this homemade sweet bread dough are 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 Braid Bread

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.

How To Braid Bread
Bread 6

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. 

Bread 7

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.

Slice of Nutella Bread

 It’s pretty easy and makes your finished loaves look nicer.

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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.