Nutella Brioche

For those of you who asked how to make the nutella brioche bread we posted about on social media a couple weeks back (Instagram link HERE), we wanted to show you how truly easy this recipe is, especially with a few semi-homemade tricks we've discovered.

We made our own brioche dough from one of our go-to's, THE JOY OF COOKING, but you can easily buy pre-made puff pastry or get this, Pillsbury crescent dough instead. So easy!

Here's what you'll need:

Dough of choice (if you're buying the pre-made stuff, make sure to have four sheets of puff pastry defrosted in the fridge or four cans of crescent roll dough)

1 jar nutella

1 egg

Sugar (optional)

That's it!

1. Once your dough is ready to go (homemade or not, we won't judge!), preheat the oven to 350˚F and place your jar of nutella into a bowl of hot water to soften - this makes spreading it so much easier, trust us.

2. Place dough on a well floured surface and divide into 4 equal balls. If you're using puff pastry or crescent roll dough, use one sheet/can for each layer.

3. Roll the layers of dough into 12" circles, about 1/4 inch thick.

4. Spread the first layer with nutella. If you're using the crescent dough or the puff pastry and want this to be a bit sweeter, we would sprinkle each layer with a little sugar.

 6. Place the second layer on top and cover with nutella. Repeat with the third layer, covering with nutella and then place the fourth circle on top - no nutella this time.

7. Place a glass in the middle of the dough as a guide and using a sharp knife, gently slice the dough into quarters. Next, cut into eighths, then sixteenths. It's much easier to do it this way than to try and cut the dough into sixteenths off the bat - trust us. Remove the glass.

8. Here's where it gets a little tricky but once you get the hang of it, it's very simple. Take two of the sliced parts of the dough in both hands and delicately twist them outwards twice. 

9. Repeat with all the pairs and you'll be left with eight pairs. Gently fold the ends of each pair underneath and connect them.

10. Make a quick egg wash by whisking together your egg and 1 Tbsp. water. Brush the dough liberally with the wash so that the finished dough comes out nice and shiny. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

And there you have it! Enjoy and buon appetito.