A classic star bread recipe with a twist — rich and creamy Nutella! This yummy and sweet pull-apart bread is full of chocolate and hazelnut flavor. It’s the ultimate holiday treat that would make a lovely addition to any gathering!
Star bread is one of our favorite things to serve around the holidays. Also called snowflake bread, it closely resembles — you guessed it — a large (and edible!) snowflake. It’s typically made with swirls of cinnamon and sugar, but when you swap them out for Nutella, it gets even better. This spread is made from hazelnuts and boasts a rich, chocolate-like flavor. If you don’t have a jar in your house, we urge you to go out and get one! It’s delicious on toast or can be used to dunk fruit in. And, of course, you’ll need a healthy helping of it for this Nutella star bread recipe. Don’t hesitate to lick the spoon after you’ve added it — in fact, we encourage it!
If you’re looking for a shortcut to make this Nutella star bread even easier to create, you can definitely use store-bought dough. We use a homemade cinnamon roll dough recipe (also outlined on the recipe card below) to make ours, but no judgment if you want to use something from the supermarket! Here are some options:
- Puff pastry dough
- Crescent sheets
- Pie crust dough (you could also try our homemade recipe)
How Do You Make Light And Fluffy Bread?
This is one of the most common questions that comes up when making homemade Nutella bread: how do I make sure that it’s light and fluffy instead of tough and hard? Much of your bread’s texture comes from how much yeast you use. Follow the recipe instructions carefully and you will end up with light and fluffy results! Be sure to avoid over-kneading the batter and over-baking too.
You can serve your Nutella bread as is — the flavors from the hazelnut spread are delightful, and you don’t need to worry about adding much else. That said, you can top your bread with some fun add-ons if desired:
- Homemade icing
- Nutella icing
- Melted peanut butter drizzle
- Powdered sugar
- Granulated sugar
If you want to freeze your Nutella bread for later, you can either bake it first or simply freeze the dough:
- Bake it first: Follow the recipe instructions as indicated and allow your Nutella star bread to cool completely. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container, then store it in the freezer where it will keep for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees F for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Freeze the dough: This technique is for those of you who decide to make your own dough. Once it has risen, punch it down a bit to remove any excess air. Wrap the raw dough in plastic wrap and add a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake, allow the dough to thaw in the fridge overnight, then follow the shaping and baking instructions.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
Store any leftover Nutella star bread in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature and it will keep for 3-4 days. You can also store it in your fridge, where it will last for up to one week. Reheat single servings in the microwave in 30-second increments. Or, reheat larger servings in the oven at 305 degrees F for about 5 minutes, or until warm.
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Nutella Star Bread (AKA Snowflake Bread)
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons salted butter softened
- 1 large egg
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Nutella hazelnut spread
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, and eggs. Add in flour. Use a dough hook and turn on to a low speed.
- Once the flour starts to incorporate into the dough, increase the speed to a medium range. Add more flour as necessary so that the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- The dough mixture should be soft and tacky, but not stick to your hands. Add more or less flour until the dough reaches the desired consistency. The amount of flour you add in bread making is always an approximation and you should go by feel.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
Shaping and Baking Instructions:
- Take dough and divide it into 4 even pieces. Roll each piece into a large circle, roughly the width of your baking sheet.
- Lay one circle down onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1/3 of the Nutella across the top making sure to leave 1/4 inch around the edge of the circle.
- Continue layering with the remaining pieces, but leave the 4th and final piece plain on top.
- Use a small 2-inch bowl to mark the center (or eyeball it) and then use a knife to cut 16 equal strands, leaving the small circle in the center.
- Take two of the strands and twist in opposite directions, 1-2 times, and then pinch the edges shut to seal. Continue twisting pieces together until all pieces are twisted and you have a large star shape.
- Bake immediately (no rising) in a 350 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes. Once cooled, serve plain, frost with your favorite frosting, or dust with powdered sugar.