So many people are afraid of making bread, but this recipe is so easy and forgiving so it’s great to start off with. The most impressive part about this is the braiding – I’ve seen it around a lot lately and wanted to give it a go myself – it’s foolproof! This pull-apart loaf is perfect for brunch or morning or afternoon tea. It does take some time to complete but most of this is spent rising so you can make your dough then forget about it. Give it a go, it’s so rewarding to share with people.
450g/1lb plain flour
70g white sugar
2tsp dried yeast
30g butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
3/4 cup nutella
Mix flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a big bowl. Heat milk gently in the microwave for a few seconds to bring to body temperature. Add melted butter and egg yolks to milk (keep the whites for glazing later) and stir briefly to combine. Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and mix until everything comes together into a ball (you can use a mixer for this step but I find using my hands just fine). Turn out onto bench and knead for a full 10 minutes. Cover dough ball in a very light amount of oil in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place to rise for 2 hours – I put mine in the oven with the temperature off and the light on.
Punch air out of dough and cut into 4 even pieces. Roll out each piece out one at a time to the size of a dinner plate (about 25cm/10in). Push your plate down to mark a circle and fill the centre with about 1/4 cup of nutella, be careful not to spread it too thick (shown below).
Repeat with 2 more layers and stack the 3 layers nutella side up, trying to line up the circles best as you can. For the final layer leave it plain and place on top. Cut out your nutella dough stack around the circle you’ve made.
Find a cup or similar and mark a circle in the middle of your dough. Cut the circle into quarters, then halve each piece, then halve each of those pieces until you have 16 pieces as shown below.
Take 2 pieces and twist them out 2 times, then twist a half revolution and pinch together as shown below. You should get a flower petal shape.
Leave to rise for 20 minutes and preheat an oven to 180c/360f. Brush top with egg white and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let your loaf cool for about 10 minutes before moving.
Pull pieces off and enjoy!