There are recipes that stick with you. Sometimes it’s a family tradition. Sometimes it’s a unique flavor combination. For me it’s all about easy, stunning and delicious recipes. This Nutella Crown fits all 3 criteria. It started with wanting to bake some bread in a fun shape. As I doing research on traditional Eastern European bread braiding techniques, I stumbled upon a cool braided cinnamon bread. Thing is, I’m not the biggest cinnamon fan. One thing I do love with bread however is Nutella. It’s the Euro in me. I can skip peanut butter but give me a jar of Nutella and I’m in heaven.
This recipe takes less 5 minutes of active work to mix together. It’s all about patience. Waiting for the yeast to come alive, waiting for the dough to rise, rolling and folding the whole thing into a crown.
The ingredients are basic and most of you have those on hand: Flour, Salt, Sugar, Dry Yeast, Milk, Melted Butter, an Egg and a jar of Nutella.
To make your dough, mix the sugar and dry yeast until combined, then add lukewarm milk, melted butter and the egg. Mix together and let rest for about 10 minutes. You just want to activate the yeast. Once your mixture is bubbly, dump it in your flour and mix by hand. Once combined, knead your dough for a minute. Transfer to a lightly-oiled bowl and cover with plastic.
Place your bowl in a warm spot to let it rise. I placed my bowl on top of the stove while I was preheating the oven. It was perfect. Let it rest for about 1 hour. It about doubles in size. You’ll know it worked when you start rolling your dough. It’s all puffy and soft. Roll it out in a large rectangle. Don’t worry about making it perfect. It doesn’t matter =)
Spread a thin layer of Nutella all over your dough.
Start rolling your dough onto itself. The dough isn’t sticky but I found a bench cutter helpful.
Using a sharp knife, slice your log all the way down the center.
Braid the dough onto itself, making sure to keep the cut side up the whole time.
Roll the braid into a crown.
That’s it! Bake for 40 minutes or until your crown is golden brown. The scent of fresh bread and warm Nutella is to die for!
Dust in powdered sugar for a nice finish. I cannot wait to make it again.