Braided Nutella Bread + a 4 Year Blog Anniversary
Filled with chocolate hazelnut spread, this loaf of Nutella Braided Bread (drizzled with a sugar glaze) is surprisingly simple to make.
Filled with chocolate hazelnut spread, this loaf of Braided Nutella Bread is easier than it looks, and is a special recipe to celebrate Kitchen Confidante’s 4th Blog Anniversary.
A lot can happen in four years. I look at my children and see it plainly: in the span of four years, my daughter entered first grade and will emerge fifth to transition to middle school (middle school! ), while my son, who was a preschooler at this time four years ago, is now a second grader tackling chapter books and tearing through sneakers like the Incredible Hulk. There have been weddings. And there have been deaths. My husband survived graduate school and transitioned to a new firm. And there have been adventures.
This blog has been one of those adventures. I published my first post four years ago, and when I look back, my desire was nothing more than to share what I thought was worthy of my time in the kitchen. I didn’t know exactly which direction a food blog would take me, and there have been many twists and turns along the way. All I know is that I just had the urge to keep going.
One post grew to 542, and scattered between the recipes, there have been visits to farms, conferences, and even a crazy competition. There were loads of picture taking, and boy, have I learned a ton. For a while, I even branched out into portraiture, until I returned to my first love of food. And perhaps the most important, there were people. I have met so many wonderful people, and friendships have been created and blossomed because of this thing called blogging.
I have gone from shooing aside my hard work on this blog to actually calling it a job…that I love. How many people can say that they created something out of nothing, and work on what they enjoy every day? I’m finally able to admit that out loud.
All this would not have been possible had it not been for you. Yes you, reading these words I type, you who take the time to cook the recipes, you who leave me a comment (that I always love to read), you who have joined me in all those various forms of social media. I must thank you. So, so much. For everything.
Creating something out of nothing. There’s a magic there, and when we cook, it happens every day. To celebrate this blog anniversary, I knew I wanted to share something sweet, but I wasn’t quite ready to head into baking cakes yet. So I started with a ball of dough. And a jar of chocolate hazelnut heaven. And it became this Braided Nutella Bread.
It looks tricky, but it’s really not. It just takes a little time, and some love. Just like anything we start in life.
How to Make Braided Nutella Bread
Braided Nutella Bread begins with a simple yeasted dough. The dough is rolled into a long rectangle and Nutella is spread down the center third. To braid the dough, diagonal strips are cut on either side of the rectangle and then folded across the Nutella center, alternating strips and covering the filling. The finished braid can even be shaped into a ring if you like.
After allowing the finished loaf to rise, it is then baked, cooled, and drizzled with a sugar glaze.
Try These Other Nutella Recipes
Nutella Swirl Brownies
Nutella Greek Yogurt Fillo Cups
Coconut Banana Bread with Nutella
Nutella Berry Filled Waffle Cookies (Pizzelle)
Nutella Filled Mini Doughnuts
Cherry Nutella Scones
Braided Nutella Bread
For the Bread
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 package active yeast
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 cup Nutella or similar chocolate hazelnut spread
- Sugar Glaze below
For the Sugar Glaze
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons milk
Make the Braided Nutella Bread:
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together 1 cup of flour with the sugar, salt and yeast. Set aside.
- Combine the buttermilk, water, and butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat, until the liquids register about 125° F (the butter may not melt all the way). Add the liquids to the flour mixture and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the egg and 1/2 cup of flour and beat for another 2 minutes on high speed. Stir in the remaining flour (add gradually, you may or may not need all) until it comes together into a dough, do not over mix. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 20 minutes.
- Drop the dough onto a well floured board and give it a few quick kneads, then roll it into a rectangle measuring about 10"x18". Visualize the dough in thirds running the length of the dough and spread the Nutella in the center third. Cut 1" strips at a diagonal on either side, up to 1/2" close to the filling. Starting at the top, braid the bread, alternating the strips to the center and covering the filling.
- If you wish, you could bake the loaf as is, or you can create a ring. Carefully transfer the braided dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. To create a ring, join the two ends together, pinching the dough together and stretching the dough slightly to create a circle. Lightly spray or brush a piece of parchment paper with baking spray (I used coconut oil) and cover the dough, oiled side touching the dough. Cover the entire baking sheet with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
- Preheat the oven to 375° F. Let the dough rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before baking. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Make the Sugar Glaze:
- Whisk together the confectioner's sugar, butter, vanilla and milk in a small bowl.
- When the bread is golden, remove from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with the sugar glaze. Best served when warm.
Congratulations on making it 4 years! Isn’t it great to look back on years past and see all your hard working has paid off? Your blog is seriously gorgeous and every post is inspiring – you should be very proud!
Liren this post is insanely gorgeous (as they all are) and a perfect celebration of your 4 years! Congratulations. You bring so much beauty into the world with your work; I feel so honored to be part of the blogging world with you!
What a lovely post – the nutella bread looks amazing! I have just embarked on a blogging journey myself (and can’t remember ever having so much fun). I can’t tell you how heartening it is to hear the story of how much you have learned (because I know I certainly have much to learn :), and how many people you have met on your journey… and that you have sustained the joy of blogging for four whole years! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story, and congrats!
Congratulations on 4 fabulous years of blogging Liren! Thank you for creating such a beautiful space where you share your heart felt words and delicious photographs. I look forward to seeing where this blogging adventure takes you.
This post is a perfect example of why you are an inspiration with this lovely narrative, original recipe and excellent photography. Congratulations on 4 years!
Happy blog anniversary, my friend. I’m so glad you have created such a beautiful space for us to all share. And this bread? HEAVENLY. What a great treat to celebrate with!
Happy blogiversary, dear. Looking forward to the next 4 (or 5.. or whatever)!
Congratulations on four fabulous years! It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you through your writing and in person, of course. Here’s to more exciting things in your blogging future (and more blogger brunches) :)
Happy Happy Anniversary, Liren! I have been right there with you for over two or your four years blogging. You have been a mentor and a friend. What beautiful blessings come from blogging. Can’t wait to see what the coming year brings. Sending love and congratulations. And…this braided bread looks spectacular!
Wow… it’s really hard to believe that it’s been that long. This will be my fifth year blogging and I sometimes have to pinch myself when I look back on everything that’s happened.
Congratulations on creating such a beautiful space. You know I love every recipe, every word, every photograph.
Beautifully written and photographed, as always, Liren. Congratulations on 4 years!
Congratulations! And you’re right about how times flies. I’ve been thinking about the same things. How the kids have grown so much in this short time of being part of the blogging world is crazy!
Congrats Liren! This bread is beautiful. I love how bright your photos are! Just lovely. New follower here :)
Well said, Liren. And congrats on 4 years of food blogging! Your recipes and photography are an inspiration. And I am loving this bread!
Glad to be along for the ride!
Congrats Liren! This bread looks fabulous, just like you :)
Happy Blogoversary, Liren. You deserve every good thing that has come your way, because your recipes, blog, and photography are all outstanding!
Congratulations Liren on hitting your 4 year anniversary, and on creating such a wonderful and inspirational blog along the way! All the best, Rachel
This is gorgeous, Liren! Bread + Nutella is just about carb heaven :). Happy 4 years, I can’t think of a more delicious way to celebrate!
Happy anniversary, Liren! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with this beautiful braid stuffed with Nutella. :) I love that the bread is homemade, and I am definitely going to try your homemade version!
Oh my… I’m drooling!!! Congrats on your blog anniversary and all the best for the many more to come :D
Congrats Liren on 4 years! (I hit 5 years this year – whew!) Glad to call you my friend and all through blogging – rather amazing! Smile. You do a fantastic job and I am one of your biggest fans with your recipes, photography and your wonderful spirit and personality! Congrats again!!! ;-) (BTW – this breakfast treat is making my mouth water – seriously)
This looks gorgeous – I love how simple it is. I bet you could adapt it in loads of different ways too – maybe make a cinnamon bun version? :)
Happy blog birthday!!
Congratulations on 4 years!!