HEAVEN! This is the only (polite) word that can be used to describe this bread. It is by far one of the best breads I have ever made; yes I know it’s another one of my vain comments. I think thrilled covers my reaction to the request that came in for making this bread, though I think I was secretly upset that I hadn’t thought about it myself. Nutella is one of my most favourite foods and I could kiss Mr Pietro Ferrero, who transformed the original ‘Giandujot’ (coco powder and hazelnut) mixture which was made in Italy as a solution to the lack of chocolate after WW2. Ferrero’s son should also get a kiss because he is the one who is responsible for making it a worldwide brand.
The truth is all I did was make my usual challah recipe as this is sweet rather than savoury bread. On the second prove I lathered on the Nutella spread and generously sprinkled over chopped hazelnuts before shaping them. It was messy job once the Nutella was inside, so the dough had to be handled with care, which it rightly deserved. It was beyond impossible not to lick my fingers during the processes (don’t worry the hands were washed each time). Hazelnuts and chocolate were just meant to be together as a flavour combination, and the smells coming out the oven whilst the bread was cooking confirmed this notion. There is only one major negative with the bread, it’s impossible to stop eating it.
I believe I am not alone in these feelings for this bread as my family, friends and colleagues were all demonstrating their love for me and I even got a marriage proposal from it… though sadly not one with a diamond ring!
I urge you all to give this bread a go, you will never look back!