Nutella Bread

If you want to try your hands at baking a sweet bread… then this one is the first thing you should be baking. A bread slathered with NUTELLA… Doesn’t is sound amazing??

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Sunday is my favorite day for writing a blog post. I don’t know why, but I enjoy writing on Sunday’s. Generally I post a recipe early morning on Sunday’s so that if you guys wish to try the recipe you may do so. But I kinda got late today. Nonetheless, I know that this recipe is too luscious to be ignored. If you are a NUTELLA lover (which I am assuming most of you are), you definitely need to try this bread…..

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If you are following me on INSTAGRAM, you would know that I have decided on certain fixed days for my blog post. I am now onward going to publish a new post every SUNDAY and WEDNESDAY. The reason behind this is that most of you keep messaging me about what would be my ย next post or when is it coming out. So, I decided to fix days for the blog post so that you guys are more aware about it. Also, I am trying to click as many WORK IN PROGRESS pictures as possible so that it helps you create the recipe same as I did. Guys, I try to keep the recipe as simple as possible, but if you have any doubts or queries please feel free to message or email me. I would be more than happy to help.

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Coming back to this recipe, this was my very first attempt to a sweet bread. I just did my Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes and Herbs Foccacia Bread recipe last week and it was a huge hit. But savory breads are a little easier in comparison to the sweet ones. Not like the making process is any lighter. But it just tastes amazing with so much of flavor. In case of sweet breads its a little tough that ways.

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The only thing that Kills me about this bread is that I just got a tiny little bite of it. I am not kidding guys. All I got was a tiny little bite of it. That is it. I was so so happy and excited with the victory of having nailed it in my first attempt that I didn’t even care of eating the bread.I was just too happy to smell it, admire it and photograph it. I wanted to click the best of pictures for this one. I hope I have clicked it well…what do you think??? hahaha… I can be so naive sometimes ๐Ÿ˜›

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Bread making has always been on my mind but I always thought that this is not something I can do. It used to scare me. Though I had like a zillion of bread recipes written and developed I never ever gave it a shot. Unless, last week. When my Foccacia bread was successful, I wasn’t as much scared as I used to be.This bread is a true delight to the senses. TRUST ME !

P.S- This bread not only tastes good, but looks and smells good too. It is totally a treat.

This bread does not require any fancy ingredients. The recipe is fairly simple. Also the use of yeast in this bread is really less. That is because we do not want the dough to rise high high high and lose its shape. The final rise in the bread is more of swelling and not of doubling. If you are good at kneading the dough then this one is surely a must try. You can definitely use a dough kneader to knead the dough but you need to knead it for atleast 10 mins.

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The process is fairly simple. You need to mix all the ingredients to make the dough. Make sure you knead the dough well and let is rise. Once the dough has risen, roll it out into a rectangle, spread NUTELLA on it and roll it into a log. Cut the log from the center, and start twisting the ends overtop each other. Bake and your bread will be ready.

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P.S- The best part about the bread is the swirls of nutella in between.

Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE:NUTELLA BREAD

Makes: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 2 hours( Includes dough resting time)

Baking Time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • All Purpose Flour- 200 gms
  • Yeast- 1/2 tsp
  • Vinegar-1/2 tsp
  • Warm Water- 1 cup
  • Salt- 1 Tsp
  • Sugar- 2 Tbsp
  • Nutella- 1/2 cup
  • Cornmeal- for dusting
  • Butter- for brushing

PROCESS:

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in ย 1/4th cup water. Let it sit for 10 minutes to activate. Meanwhile combine flour, sugar, salt, vinegar in a bowl. Add yeast mix and the remaining water and start kneading the dough.

Dust the work surface with some flour and knead the dough for 10 mins until it is smooth. Lightly grease the bowl with oil and place the dough in it. Cover loosely with a plastic wrap, and let it rest in a warm place for an hour or until its double in size.

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Punch down the dough as shown in the picture to remove excess air. Roll the dough to form a rectangle, roughly about 10*12″. Spread Nutella in an even layer on the surface, leaving the sides.Roll tightly to form a log. Dust the parchment lined baking tray with some corn meal, and place the log in it. Now cut the dough down the middle with a knife, leaving one end intact. Twist ends on top of each other,making sure to turn the cut side towards the top. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap for another 20 mins.

Brush the braided bread with some butter.Bake for 30 mins at 160 degrees in a pre-heated oven. Remove and let it cool in a wire rack.

This bread is good to go for upto 3 days. ENJOY!!

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Caramelized Onions, Tomato and Herbs Focaccia Bread

This homemade recipe of Focaccia Bread is surprisingly simple but makes rich, flavorful, chewy yet soft bread that you are going to fall in LOVE with!!!ย 

If bread making scares you like it scares me, but you can’t resist a fresh and warm baked bread then Focaccia is the best way to begin with.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

If you wish to bake a bread from scratch at home and don’t know how to go about it..then Focaccia is the perfect choice. For all of you who do not know what Focaccia is:

Focaccia is a flat and oven baked Italian Bread similar to style and texture to a pizza. It is popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with salt, olive oil, herbs and may be topped with onion, tomatoes and any other topping of your choice. The best part about it is that this focaccia recipe is an absolute doodle and you can have great fun playing with the toppings ๐Ÿ™‚

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Focaccia dough is really similar to a pizza dough in texture consisting of flour, oil, salt, water and yeast. If you are working with yeast do not worry at all. Just follow the recipe step by step and a perfect bread will be ready. I always feared working with yeast initially but not anymore. It an amazing thing to work with.

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The intoxicating smell of yeast, the wet stickiness between your fingers; the magical billowing quality of the dough when a warm spot turns it into a living thing.ย  These are the pleasures of bread making.ย  And these are the pleasures I was almost wholly unfamiliar with. Until now. I have tried making it long ago but the result wasn’t what i was looking for. This focaccia bread came like a real surprise as it looks amazing and tastes just like a bakery one.

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In this one, i have flavored the dough too with herbs, pepper, garlic powder and salt. Again the choice is entirely yours. Even for the topping. To begin with you may just top the bread with some herbs and olive oil. I have used caramelized onions, tomatoes, herbs and parmesan cheese. This takes the bread to a whole new level.

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Few important things that you need to keep in mind before beginning to make this bread is:

Yeast: The quality of yeast is really important while making the bread. I have used a yeast from SOLAR. You can use any brand from a grocery store near you. Make sure the yeast is not too old as it would not give you similar results. Also when you dissolve the yeast in water..the water should be just warm. Too hot water would kill the yeast and cold water would not activate the yeast.

Kneading the dough: Kneading the dough is the most important part in bread making. Once you have combined all the ingredients of the dough together you have to knead it for about 8 to 10 mins. This helps to form the gluten in the bread. If you knead the dough perfectly you get a really nice textured bread. You cannot skip this step.

Letting the dough rest: If kneading the dough is important then this step too is equally important. You need to let the dough rest for atleast 1 hour in a warm place which will help it rise. No matter how excited you are to start the baking immediately. Do not skip this step.

Measurement of Ingredients: I always keep on repeating this that when you are baking anything, measurement of the ingredients is very important. Do not add anything more or less. Follow the recipe to get perfection.

P.S- I am sure you will fall in love with this Focaccia Recipe.

Lets get started with the recipe now.

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RECIPE: CARAMELIZED ONIONS, TOMATOES & HERBS FOCACCIA BREAD

Makes- 1 ( 9 /12 ” bread)

Prep Time: 2 hours (Includes dough rising time)

Baking Time: 20 to 25 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Dough:

  • All purpose flour- 2 1/2 cups
  • Salt- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar- 1 tsp
  • Dry Active Yeast- 2 1/2 tsp
  • Water- 1 cup (keep 1/4th cup aside to mix yeast)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 1/2 cup (extra for drizzling)
  • Garlic Powder- 1 tsp
  • Ground Black Pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Dried Mixed Herbs- 1/2 tsp

For the Toppings:ย 

  • Onion- 1 large thinly sliced
  • Honey- 1 tbsp
  • Tomatoes-2 medium sized (cut into 1/4th inch slices)
  • Mixed Herbs- 2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese- 1/4th cup grated

PROCESS:

Firstly, in a medium bowl stir together yeast, warm water and sugar. Let is rest until the yeast is bubbled up for about 10 mins.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, 1/4th cup olive oil, salt, herbs, pepper, garlic powder. Pour in the yeast mixture along with the rest of the water and combine it together. The dough will be really sticky and wet at this stage. Turn the dough into a well floured surface and knead it until the dough is smooth. Knead for about 10 to 12 mins.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen wrap and let the dough rest in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. This should take around an hour.

While the dough is resting, heat a tsp of oil and add onion slices over medium heat and add honey. Cook until the onions have turned light brown and caramelized..

Once the dough has doubled its size..punch it down to remove excess air. Press it into a lightly oiled baking tray and shape it to a rectangle or any other shape. It need not be too neat. Now poke holes using your fingers. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil and let the dough rest again until it puffs up for about 20 mins.

Top the dough with caramelized onions, tomatoes, herbs and cheese. Bake the focaccia in a pre-heated oven for about 20 to 25 mins at 180 degrees or until golden brown.

Cut into pieces and serve.

This bread is good upto 2 to 3 days.

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