Let me give you a quick rundown of how my Wednesday went.
6:00 AM- alarm goes off, I roll into the shower.
6:30 AM- I begin chocolate chip nutella pancake preparations, because it's my mom's birthday, and birthday mom's deserve naughty pancakes.
8:00 AM- The academic studies begin.
11:30 AM- I finish ridiculously early, because I'm homeschooled and school is light this semester.
12:00 PM- I suddenly realize that I should really make something to blog about this week, because it's likely the only day I'll have to do so. I might've done the pancakes...but dude, 7:00 AM lighting in our kitchen? Not gonna happen.
1:30 PM- after spending way too long browsing my reader for inspiration (AKA finding a recipe in which I already have all the ingredients on hand...always and adventure.), I give up and amble up to my room.
1:45 PM- My attempted nap is a fail. I have a brain full of food.
2:00 PM- NUTELLA PULL-APART BREAD.
Welcome to the crazy thought processes of my mind. It's how I roll.
Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread is something that I'd first seen on both of my go-to blogs, and already made a couple times with up-and-down success. This thing was all over the blogosphere for a while. And for good reason, it's pretty much amazing.
I'm just trying to bring that amazing-ness back!
Adding nutella seemed like such a no-brainer. I mean, I've seen it done for cinnamon rolls...why not pull-apart bread? (P.S. The forks pictured above were pretty much used only for aesthetic reasons. This is a dig-in-and-tear-apart-with-your-face kind of bread.)
This thing was everything I hoped for. The combination of chocolate and cinnamon made it slightly reminiscent of a Mexican hot chocolate, but with dialing down the spices a bit, the nutella was still able to shine through. Although, a little extra drizzle on top certainly didn't hurt...
The best thing about this recipe? I got to combine nutella, and brown butter.
This isn't meant for your dainty brunch spread of mini quiches and fruit kabobs. This is a deep, dark loaf that should be set (still warm) in the center of the table and greedily pulled apart by many hands.
It's a mess, but a beautiful one. And I will fight you for the last piece.
Nutella Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread
Yield: one 9x5 inch loaf
Ingredients for dough:
- 2¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2¼ teaspoons instant yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
Ingredients for the filling:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup Nutella
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
To make the dough, combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Combine the butter and milk in a small saucepan and heat just until the butter is melted. Set aside and let cool for a couple minutes, or until the mixture registers 115-125˚ F. Add the milk mixture, water, vanilla, and eggs to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until a cohesive dough forms. Continue to knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes (mine took a bit longer), adding additional flour as needed 1 tablespoon at a time. Dough should clear the sides of the bowl, not stick to the bottom, and be tacky, but not sticky. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. (After the dough has doubled, it can be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated overnight. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before proceeding.)
Transfer the risen dough to a lightly floured work surface and gently deflate. Roll into a ball, cover with a clean towel and let rest for 5 minutes.
Sources: adapted from Joy the Baker and Annie's Eats