Nutella Banana Bread

Yes, Nutella makes everything better—but the true star of this nutty Nutella Banana Bread is the Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel. 

Nutella Banana Bread

Makes 1 (8½x4½-inch) loaf
  • 1⅔ cups (209 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 grams) baking powder
  • 1⅛ cups (255 grams) mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (100 grams)
  • ⅓ cup plus 2 teaspoons (85 grams) canola oil
  • ¼ cup (60 grams) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon (4 grams) vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (128 grams) Nutella
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel (recipe follows)

  1. flour an 8½x4½-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, whisk together mashed banana, sugar, eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla. Fold in flour mixture just until combined.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat Nutella on high in 2 (15-second) intervals, stirring between each. Spoon half of batter into prepared pan; spoon half of warm Nutella over batter. Top with remaining batter and remaining Nutella; swirl together using a knife. Top with Chocolate Hazelnut Streusel.
  4. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.


Chocolate Hazelnut Streusek

Makes about 2 cups
  • ½ cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons (7.5 grams) Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2 grams) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (57 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ⅓ cup (38 grams) chopped hazelnuts
  • ⅓ cup (57 grams) chopped 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate morsels

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flour, brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt. With mixer on low speed, add cold butter, beating until mixture is crumbly. Stir in hazelnuts and chocolate morsels by hand. Refrigerate until ready to use



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Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

You won’t ever go back to classic cinnamon rolls again. We filled these golden rolls with chocolate, but not just any chocolate—Mexican cinnamon chocolate. Stone-ground, Mexican-style dark chocolate is filled with warm cinnamon spice and has a subtle grittiness that gives these cinnamon rolls even more explosive flavor and complex texture. Once you smother the rolls in the luscious Cream Cheese Glaze, serve them straight from the skillet to keep them warm and gooey.

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Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 12 rolls
  • 3½ to 3¾ cups (438 to 469 grams) all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar, divided
  • 2¼ teaspoons (7 grams) active dry yeast*
  • 2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt
  • ½ cup (120 grams) water
  • ½ cup (120 grams) whole milk
  • ⅔ cup (152 grams) unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 1 large egg (50 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons (10 grams) Dutch process cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon (1 gram) ground cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup (113 grams) chopped Mexican-style stone-ground cinnamon chocolate (3 disks) (see PRO TIP)
  • Cream Cheese Glaze (recipe on opposite page)
  • Garnish: ground cinnamon

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1½ cups (188 grams) flour, ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar, yeast, and 1½ teaspoons (4.5 grams) salt.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat ½ cup (120 grams) water, milk, and ⅓ cup (76 grams) butter over medium heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°C). Add warm milk mixture to flour mixture, and beat at medium speed until combined. Add egg, beating until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add 2 cups (250 grams) flour, beating just until combined and stopping to scrape sides of bowl.
  3. Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until a soft, smooth, and somewhat sticky dough forms and pulls away from sides of bowl, 8 to 9 minutes. Add up to remaining ¼ cup (31 grams) flour, if necessary. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and shape into a smooth round.
  4. Lightly spray a large bowl. Place dough in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Spray a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together cocoa, cinnamon, remaining ⅓ cup (76 grams) butter, remaining ¼ cup (50 grams) sugar, and remaining ½ teaspoon (1.5 grams) salt.
  7. Lightly punch down dough. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into an 18×12-inch rectangle. Spread cocoa mixture onto dough, leaving a ½-inch border on one long side. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate. Starting with opposite long side, roll up dough, jelly roll style; pinch seam to seal. Gently shape log to 18 inches long and even thickness, if necessary. Using a serrated knife dipped in flour, cut log into 12 slices (about 1½ inches thick). Place slices, cut side down, in prepared skillet. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  9. Bake until lightly golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 35 to 40 minutes, loosely covering with foil to prevent excess browning, if necessary. Let cool in skillet for 10 minutes. Top with Cream Cheese Glaze; garnish with cinnamon, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*We used Red Star® Active Dry Yeast.

PRO TIP: We used Taza Chocolate Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Mexicano, available at Whole Foods, local Hispanic grocery stores, or online. Very minimally processed, Mexican chocolate has a grainier, chalkier texture than the chocolate you might normally get and offers more-complex, explosive flavor. Any type of Mexican cinnamon dark chocolate, available at most grocery stores, or 50% cacao dark chocolate will work in this recipe.


Cream Cheese Glaze

Makes about ¾ cup
  • 4 ounces (110 grams) cream cheese, softened
  • 1½ tablespoons (10.5 grams) confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 grams) whole milk

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar. Add milk, 1 tablespoon (15 grams) at a time, until fluid.



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Sourdough brioche chocolate hazelnut rolls

Hello world! It’s what you usually write when you publish your first post, right? Well, this is my first post this year, though it looks like I’ve got stuck somewhere in August 🙂

Time flies really fast. It flies even faster when you’re involved in too many things and you forget to breathe in between to become even aware of it. It flies fast when you don’t focus on yourself and your goals but always make others a priority and always act as pleaser. Or when you forget why you do things you do in the first place. Time flies fast when you allow others to lead your life. And when you compare yourself to others thinking you’re not good enough even when you pour all yourself into what you do.

When I get stuck, I return to sourdough baking. It helps me to simplify things and to feel grounded again. It’s when I know why I do it. It’s because I love to learn and experience new things and new flavours. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with brioche style dough. The brioche dough is perfect for soft rolls and you can use it to make other sourdough goodies, like this chocolate cinnamon twist bread.

What have you been baking in the meantime? Any delicious recipe to try out? Let me know in a comment below.

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Sourdough brioche chocolate hazelnut rolls

Sourdough brioche chocolate hazelnut rolls
Yields: 9-10 rolls

Baking schedule:
The dough for this rolls was prepared in the evening, left to rise overnight, put in the fridge to consolidate, shaped in the morning, and left to rise at the room temperature. The rolls were baked on the second day.


Note: Baker’s percentages are put in brackets if you would like to scale up or down the formula.

75 g water
75 g strong white wheat flour
1 heaping tablespoon of your (active) sourdough starter

all of the above starter
400 g strong white wheat flour (100%)
150 g milk (37.5%)
1 egg
1 egg yolk
40 g of caster sugar (10%)
7 g salt ( 1.75%)
130 g butter, cubed and slightly soft but still cold (32.5%)

150 g roasted and ground hazelnuts
180 g melted dark chocolate


Sourdough starter
1.  In the morning, prepare your sourdough starter. Mix 75 g of white wheat flour, 75 g of water, and 1 heaping tablespoon of your base sourdough starter. Leave it to ferment until risen, puffed, active and bubbly. This may take from 4-12 hours, depending on the temperature and strength of your starter.

2. In the evening/late afternoon mix the dough. First, dissolve your entire starter in 150 g of milk. Add all other ingredients, except for the butter. Mix everything together. If the dough feels dry, don’t be tempted to add much of additional liquid – mixing in the butter in the following phase will soften the dough. Knead the dough for 5-6 minutes and then leave it to rest for 15-20 minutes.

3. Next, knead in half of the butter quantity. Once completely integrated, add and knead in the other half. Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes (it is advisable to use mixer) until smooth. Shape the dough into ball and place it into clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to ferment overnight in a cool place until almost doubled in volume. Keep an eye on the dough, you don’t want to overproof it.

4. When the dough is ready, put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour, preferably more. This is an important step which will enable easier (non-sticky) shaping afterword.

Sourdough brioche chocolate hazelnut rolls

5. When you are ready to shape the rolls, prepare the filling. Mix the roasted and ground hazelnuts (I roasted them for 15 minutes at 160°C) and melted chocolate. Also, take your dutch oven (or any other round pan) and grease it with butter and lightly dust it with flour.

6. Roll the dough to be 5 mm thick or 30×45 cm (12×18 inch) wide. Drop the filling across the rolled dough and spread it thinly, leaving 1 cm (1/2 inch) space from all sides.

7. Roll the dough from the longest side in the direction away from you to get a log. Cut the log into pieces using a sharp knife or a piece of thread. Place the rolls into the pan.

Final rise
Leave the dough to rise at the room temperature until puffed. This step is temperature depending, it can take anything from 1 to 3 hours.

Sourdough brioche chocolate hazelnut rolls

Thirty minutes before the baking, preheat the oven to 200°C (375°F) or 180°C (356°F) with the fan oven. When the dough is ready, put the pan oven into oven and bake the rolls until well baked, 30-40 minutes. Leave to cool slightly on the rack. Best when eaten warm.

What is your favorite rolls filling?

Let me know if you try them – tag me on Instagram (@mydailysourdoughbread) or drop a comment below 🙂

See you soon!

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