Thanksgiving is just about upon us and I’ve been taking a gander at a possible dessert to try out for this year. I think this one would be a huge success! Do you?
(Oh and totally random but since I do work with kids I have to plug that if you have a student or child having a hard time remembering the difference between spelling dessert and desert there is a trick. Dessert is the one that has 2 “s” because you’d love to have 2 desserts. Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) On to the good stuff:
Braided Nutella Bread
• two and a half cups of all-purpose flour
• a half of teaspoon of yeast
• a cup of water
• a teaspoon of salt
• a tablespoon of sugar
• one egg
1.) Dissolve yeast with a quarter of a cup of water in a small bowl – Let rest for 10 minutes
2.) In a second larger bowl mix the flour, salt, sugar, and remaining water
3.) Add the yeast to the larger bowl (after resting 10 minutes) and mix at a low-speed
4.) Smoothly turn the speed to medium and keep mixing for 7 minutes
5.) Take a third bowl and lightly oil it. Place the dough in it. Cover it with plastic wrap and let sit for an hour in a warm place. (The dough should double in size)
6.) Divide the dough in two and roll one of the doughs into a 12×15 inch rectangle.
7.) Take the Nutella (warmed – so have left it out of the fridge for a while or microwave it for 30 seconds so it is easier to spread) and pour an even layer on the surface of the dough. Be sure to leave half an inch of margin of dough around the edges!
8.) Roll out the second dough and place it on top.
9.) Place it on a parchment-lined or silicon-lined baking sheet (sprinkle the sheet beforehand with cornmeal or spray to keep from sticking)
10.) Use a knife to cut the dough down the middle keeping the inner circle intact. (Look at the above image for an example.)
11.) By turning the cut side toward the top, twist the ends of the dough over on top of each other. Do this for every cut you made.
12.) Cover the bread with plastic wrap and let the bread sit 20 minutes in a dry place.
13.) Preheat the oven to 350°F.
14.) Before placing the bread in the oven brush some egg whites on the top.
15.) Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes. To get that lightly golden brown look on top, raise the temperature to 425°F and bake for another 5-7 minutes.
16.) After removing the bread let cool before serving!
Enjoy! Oh and I’d love comments or pictures on how this recipe turned out for you so please send!