Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It’s brioche… nutella… flower or flour?

Nutella brioche flower ready to bake

An oh so sweet and dark secret revealed today! Posting day for the Bread Baking Babes shows us what Cathy chose this month. As our Kitchen of the Month she couldn’t have picked a better one because after all this is December and for us Dutchies it means we barely survived the Sinterklaas shoppingstress to be catapulted in Christmas spirits and all that comes with that.

Who needs a difficult bake? (No hands?) Well then, who needs a show stopper that looks far more difficult than it really is? Now we’re talking! So that’s what we have here: A Nutella brioche flower. As you might know I am no fan of Decorating the Dairy, Fickle on a Popsicle and Cream Cheese Crafts or Twirl and Swirl but if I can manage a bread to look like this, I bet you can too!


I used slightly different recipe than the one Cathy issued below and for the folding and turning part I watched the video in this link:

 ( just skip along to where the shaping takes place) http://www.thebreadkitchen.com/recipes/nutella-brioche-flower/.

Nutella brioche flower shaping

Nutella Brioche Flower

Makes: 1 large Nutella Brioche Flower
Adapted from:

For the sponge:

  • 1/2 cup (2.25 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) whole milk, lukewarm (90-100 degrees F.)

For the dough:

  • 3 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 cups (13.75 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk, if necessary to form a smooth dough

For the filling and glaze:

  • Nutella or similar hazelnut chocolate paste for the filling
  • 1 tablespoon milk plus 1 tablespoon water for glaze
  • Icing (confectioner's) sugar

To make the sponge, stir together the flour and yeast in a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer). Pour in the milk and whisk the ingredients together until all of the flour is hydrated. Cover with plastic wrap and let it ferment for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the sponge rises and falls when you tap the bowl.

To make the dough, add the eggs to the sponge and whisk (or beat on medium speed with the paddle attachment) until smooth.  In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt.  Add this mixture to the sponge and eggs and stir (or continue mixing with the paddle on low speed for about 2 minutes) until all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes to begin to develop the gluten.  Then mix in the melted butter by hand, using a wooden spoon or Danish dough whisk or with the mixer on medium speed using the dough hook. Add in a couple of teaspoons of milk if the dough is too dry.

Transfer the dough to the work surface and knead for about 8 to 10 minutes until the dough is soft and smooth.  It shouldn't be too sticky too handle.

Form the dough into a ball and place it in a clean bowl.  It doesn't need to be oiled.  The butter should keep the dough from sticking to the bowl.  Let the dough bulk ferment in a warm place (70- 75 degrees F.) for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Meanwhile, cut out a circle of baking or greaseproof paper about 30 cm (12″) in diameter. Place the paper on a baking sheet.

To shape the flower, once risen, turn the dough out onto a surface, knock it back knead for 3-4 minutes. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and form each piece into a ball.

Roll a ball of dough out into a circle measuring about 25 cm (10″) in diameter. The dough should be about 3-4 mm (1/8″) thick.
Place the dough onto the baking paper and spread on a layer of Nutella, leaving a small gap at the edge. Don’t make the layer too thick but be sure to evenly cover the dough.

Roll out a second ball of dough, place it on the first layer and spread with Nutella. Repeat with the third and fourth balls of dough but do NOT spread Nutella on the final layer.

Cut the brioche into 16 segments but leave a small (3 cm/1½”) area in the center of the dough uncut. 

Nutella brioche flower ready to shape

Note about making the cuts: To keep from cutting too far into the center of the dough, and to make it more uniform, try using a ramekin or something small and round in the center of the dough while you’re making the cuts. (Wise advice!! I didn’t and was afraid my dough would tear in the middle )

Take a pair of adjacent segments. Lift and twist them away from each other through 180°. Lift and twist through 180° again, then twist through 90° so that the ends are vertical. Press the edges together firmly. Repeat this process for all pairs of segments.

Place the brioche in a large plastic bag or cover with lightly oiled film. Leave in a warm place for 1-2 hours to prove.

Brush with the glaze then bake at 160°C/320°F fan oven, 180°C/360°F conventional oven for 20-25 minutes.  I baked it at 375 degrees F. for 15 minutes, then turned it down to 350 and baked it another 5 minutes or so.

Place the bread on a wire rack to cool. Once cooled, dust lightly with icing sugar, if desired.  I didn’t think it needed the powdered sugar.

Nutella brioche flower

The Bread Baking Babes (current dozen) are:

Would you like to be a Bread Baking Buddy?

Cathy over at Bread Experience is host kitchen this month and she would love for you to bake along with us. Please hop over to her site and look at the wonderful step by step pictures she took, very helpful!

Here’s how:

Just make the Nutella Brioche Flower, then email your link (or email your photo and a bit about your experience if you don't have a blog) to: breadexperience (at) gmail (dot) comSubmissions are due by December 29th.  Once you've posted, you'll receive a Buddy badge for baking along, then watch for a roundup of all of the BBBuddies posts a few days after the close of submissions.


Happy Baking!!


  1. Wow! you and Jamie got just a perfect closure on your ends! Everyone of mine came apart.
    But oh my yes this one fills the bill for little effort with boundless pay off.
    Fillings yes we do come apart on the fillings don't we. But still we shine.
    Peace my friend.

  2. So pretty Karen. I wonder how long it took for your boys to devour it, since they're such Nutella fans. they ate half of it still luke warm here... the only reason they didn't take the rest too, was because I froze it.

    1. Oh Lien.. would you believe I came home to two guys with their respective phones at the ready, fully knowing I would have wanted pictures before cutting into it! So it took them about... 5 minutes? Hence the non-existing crumb shot and dark evening pictures. Between the two of them they almost ate half, the rest was gone the next day. Wow!

  3. Beautiful!!! And I'm no good at decorating or doing the fancy stuff on anything either but I love shaping bread and this was such fun! Good golly, I have to make this again with Nutella... yours looks too good!

    1. Indeed it was! And so deceptively easy to accomplish. I will try your version with the jam!

  4. Yours really does look like a flower! I'm so impressed with the perfectly round petals. Beautiful!

    (Is "Fickle on a popsicle" a real thing??)

  5. You make the shaping sound so simple! Well, I suppose it is if you do it right LOL
    Lovely Flower Nice that the kids managed to choke some of it down LOL (Did you get any?) I had a teenage boy once.....

  6. Your shaping looks wonderful! Looks like a perfect flower. Beautiful!


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