When I came across this recipe for Nutella Peanut Butter Bread Bread on sweet Stephanie's blog, Dessert Before Dinner I was smitten right away. I really tried to pick a different recipe for my Secret Recipe Club assignment but I kept coming back to this one. I even tried to convince myself to make Stephanie's delicious looking recipe Breakfast Crescent Roll and her Sand Dollar Almond Cookies - but nope, my self-c0ntrol for Nutella and peanut butter together as one was very low. I had to do it. If not for me for my youngest daughter for all of you. Yes, I strive to bring all my precious followers only the best. And Nutella is truly only the best.
I loved the technique and process that it took to create this bread. It starts with a simple sweet dough along with making a sheet of Nutella and peanut butter. The two are brought together after the dough rose and the sheet froze (goodness, that could be a song!!). The sheet of N and pb is placed in the center of the rolled out dough. The dough is folded over the chocolate sheet and then gently rolled to be repeated multiple times to create this marriage of amazing-ness. After feeling satisfied with the layers of Nutella, PB and sweet dough all as one, then you divide the dough into three equal pieces and braid them together. Viola! - a masterpiece! A sweet, beautiful and delicious masterpiece.
I thank you, Stephanie for sharing such a treasure of a recipe with me. And now I pass along this gem to all of you. Enjoy!
Nutella Peanut Butter Braid
(recipe from Dessert Before Dinner)
1 packet of yeast (2 1/4 tsps)
1/2 cup milk, room temperature or heat in microwave for 25 seconds
2 TBSP butter, melted
2 TBSP sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
2 TBSP Nutella
2 TBSP peanut butter
In a medium bowl whisk together the milk, melted butter, sugar and vanilla. Sprinkle yeast over this mixture and stir together gently. Allow for mixture to sit for about 10 minutes and then pour into a large bowl.
Add in flour to wet mixture 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough forms. Set dough in a warm draft-free location and let rise for at least 45 minutes.
While dough is rising spread Nutella and peanut butter on a sheet of parchment paper into a rectangle of about 9x5. Place into freezer while dough is rising - at least 45 minutes.
Roll out dough into a 11x7 rectangle and then flip the N and PB sheet into center of dough. Fold sides of dough over N and PB pinching the ends. Fold dough into 3rds starting at each end making a square. Gently roll out your square and then repeat folding dough into 3rds on top of one another to form a square. Do this sequence as many times as you can - the more layers you make the flakier your bread will be.
Roll dough into 12-16" long strip and then cut into three long strips, keeping one end in tack. Braid the strips together.
Allow braid to rise for 45 minutes before baking in a 350 degrees F oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool slightly and dig in!
Happy Nutella Peanut Butter Braid Baking!