Monday, December 16, 2013

Braided Nutella Bread

Braided Nutella Bread
In my house, we love Nutella!  When I saw a recipe for Braided Nutella Bread floating around the internet, I knew I had to give it a try.  I bookmarked it and thought I would bake it before the holidays. This is a fairly basic yeast dough and, although it looks complicated, it’s really quite easy to put together.
This past week we received a big blast from mother nature.  Snow, sleet and cold temps! When the temperature drops down low, you can usually find me baking something warm, and comforting in my kitchen. I decided to give this Nutella Braided Bread a try! The aromas wafting through the house, warmed the senses.

This was a luscious bread, that we all really enjoyed!
My granddaughter was dancing in her first performance of the Nutcracker.  Of course, we were going! This grandma tries never to miss a chance to visit, or support the grandkids! I always bring treats with me, and this weekend was no exception. I decided to make this delectable Nutella bread, to enjoy for breakfast. What's better than Nutella and bread? Well, maybe Nutella baked into the bread!  This bread was impressive and delicious! If you’re looking for something special to bake for the holidays, you might want to give this one a try! As it bakes it permeates the house with the aroma of chocolate and fresh baked bread! Perfect!!
Roll the dough into a 15x12 and spread with Nutella….then roll tightly
Cut down the center with a sharp knife, then twist ends over each other, making sure to turn cut side towards the top
When you finish it should look like this….brush with egg wash and bake
This actually has more Nutella running through it then can be seen….I would have taken more photos, but the bread was gone before I knew it!
 A lovely Christmassy way to spend the day….watching the Nutcracker! 

adapted from Kokocooks

YIELD: 1 loaf


1/2 teaspoon yeast    
1 cup warm water or milk
2 1/2 cups  all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup Nutella
cornmeal for dusting
1 egg, beaten with a tablespoon of water to use as egg wash


In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of the water with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Let sit for several minutes to activate.

Meanwhile, combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Then 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. You could heat the Nutella in a microwave-safe bowl for about 30 seconds.  It makes spreading it much easier. Roll tightly and place on a parchment-lined / silicon-lined baking sheet that’s been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cut the dough down the middle with a sharp knife or pizza cutter, 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 rest 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush surface of the bread with the egg wash. Bake bread for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.


  1. Your braided loaf is beautiful! I have been wanting to make the chocolate loaf from "Jerusalem" which is very similar to this for awhile now. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Cathleen, I saw that one and thought of making it for Christmas! So pretty!

  2. I love this bread, it looks fantastic!! A very big hug from Spain, Kathy!

  3. Kathy this braided loaf look absolutely beautiful, I love snow I would love be there lol!

  4. Looks amazing... love all kind of yeast bread

  5. This is just beautiful & so festive, Kathy!

  6. This is absolutely divine, Kathy. After all, who could ever resist nutella!!

  7. Lovely... This is a must try... Thanks for the How-to photos, such a big help.

  8. Delicious:). I love this bread. You are right, it is perfect for the holidays.

  9. I heard about that winter mess you got down there Kathy. We still have snow on the ground with more coming:)

    How wonderful for you to be able to share in your granddaughter's Christmas recital. I can't wait until April when I will be able to go to Idaho to see my grandkids in their recital. Cherish the moments:)

    of course your Braided Nutella Bread looks deliciously amazing!!! I would love to try it one day but perhaps I would use a frozen loaf and adapt. I know it won't be as good but, it's worth a try:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Kathy...Stay warm:)

  10. Kathy, I have seen this type of bread filled with cocoa powder, or chocolate...Nutella sounds heavenly! No wonder the bread was gone so fast, I would have eaten half of this yummy loaf!
    Great job making this awesome bread. (pinned)

  11. This is a great recipe Kathy and so simple to make. I love that you serve it in individual portions - that's so much more fun. I'm saving this to try later.

  12. What a beautiful loaf Kathy! My kids used to dance in the Nutcracker, which was always so much fun (for them and me)!

  13. Love both the Nutella bread and the Nutcracker! Stay warm and dry Miss Kathy:)
    Merry Christmas to you ;)

  14. Dear Kathy, That does look good. My daughter and son love Nutella. That bread would not last very long.
    The Nutcracker make is beautiful. I did get to see it performed once a very long time ago.

    Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Blessed New Year. Catherine xo

  15. This bread warm from the oven would be my death! Absolutely stunning Kathy! Who can refuse it, right? You always have a blast with your grandkids, how awesome!

  16. I just did this with speculoos cookie butter Thanks for the inspiration Kathy!