Twisted Hazelnut Loaf
I love ANYTHING that combines Hazelnuts and Chocolate. I could happily sit and eat a jar of Nutella with a spoon or spread on almost anything.
This easy twisted loaf combines those flavours and in a beautiful way. Paired with a soft pillowy sweet dough.
3/4 Cup Warm Full Fat Milk (44c)
1 Sachet of Active Yeast
1/4 Cup Caster Sugar
1 Egg plus 1 Egg Yolk
1/4 Cup Butter (Melted)
3 Cups Bread Flour
Sprinkle of Salt
1/4 Butter (Room Temperature)
2 Handfulls Hazelnuts
2tbs Caster Sugar
30g Chocolate 70%
150g Icing Sugar
- Firstly, its time to make the dough. Over a medium heat, bring the milk to a medium heat. A thermometer is useful here. You want it to be around 44c. Once it reaches that temperature, add the yeast and allow to sit.
- Now, melt your butter and add the sugar, eggs all together.
- Add the butter sugar mix to the milk and combine.
- If you have a mixer with a dough hook, that comes in really handy now! Into your mixer, add the wet mixture and tip in the flour and salt. Turn the mixer onto a medium speed and it will knead and beat the mixture for you and save you from kneading by hand. Leave it kneading for about 5 minutes.
- Once finished, add the dough into a well oiled bowl large enough to allow the mix to double in size. Cover it with clingfilm and a tea towel and leave in a warm area to prove.
- Whilst the dough proves, make the praline. Do this by adding the hazelnuts, sugar and water into a pan over a medium heat. Mix it together at the start then leave to caramelise. Once golden, pour onto baking paper and allow to cool completely.
- After the dough has doubles in size (1-3 hours) remove from the bowl onto a floured surface or baking paper. Roll out into a large rectangle approximately 3/4cm thick.
- Now, back to the hazelnut brittle. Using a blender, break up the hazelnut mix into a nice fine consistency.
- Next, onto the dough, spread out the room temperature butter. Sprinkle 3/4 of the brittle mixture over the dough and grate the chocolate.
- Roll the dough up and then slice down the centre and twist.
- Place into a loaf tin and cover again for 20 minutes. Allowing to rise a little again.
- Bake in the oven at 180c/350f for 15/20 minutes.
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