This bread has become my new favorite. Wow! It tastes so good! The bread has a lovely crispy top, which goes perfect with the soft fluffy center. The Nutella makes it the perfect sweet treat. The recipe can also be split in half to make a smaller loaf. This recipe can also be found at gardengirlrecipes.com.
½ teaspoon yeast
1 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water
2½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup Nutella
1 egg, beaten
cornmeal for dusting
Step 1: Combine Yeast and Water
Combine the yeast and 1 cup water. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Combine Flour, Salt, and Sugar
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt, and sugar.
Step 3: Combine Yeast Mixture With Flour Mixture
Add the yeast mixture and mix on low with a dough hook attachment until the dough begins to form. Increase the speed by one and knead for 7-10 minutes.
Step 4: Shape Dough
Shape into a ball, place in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel, and let rise in a warm area for 1½ to 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
Step 5: Roll Dough
On a floured work surface, form the dough into a rectangle shape.
Step 6: Spread Nutella
Spread Nutella in an even layer on the surface, leaving a ½ inch border of dough.
Step 7: Roll, Slice, and Twist Dough
Roll the dough, slice it in half lengthwise, twist the ends to connect, and braid turning the cut side toward the top.
Step 8: Prepare for Baking
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle the cornmeal. Place the braided dough on top and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let sit 20-30 minutes.
Step 9: Apply Egg Wash
Preheat oven to 350°F and mix the egg with 1 tablespoon of water to make the egg wash.
Step 10: Apply Egg Wash
Brush the dough with the egg wash.
Step 11: Bake
Bake for the bread for 20 minutes. Then raise the temperature to 425°F and bake for another 5 minutes to lightly brown the top.