1 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
4 tbs melted butter
1 large egg, room temperature
2.5 tbs honey
3 3/4 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 tbs hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
45 grams chocolate bits (look for 62% or higher cacao)
1 egg & 2 tsp water
Mix yeast and honey with very warm water (100-110 degrees). Set aside for 10 minutes.
Using the whisk on a stand mixer, whisk the yeast/honey (should be foamy) with 1 cup of flour.
Whisk in the melted butter and the room temp egg with another 1/2 cup of flour.
Switch to the dough hook attachment and add the rest of the flour as well as the salt.
Mix until a rough dough is formed and all ingredients are wet, about 2-3 minutes on a lower setting.
Turn the mixer up a notch and mix for 5 more minutes. You want the bread to pull away from the sides cleanly, but still be a bit sticky on the bottom.
Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead by hand until you have a smooth ball.
Spray oil in a large bowl and place dough in it. You'll want the dough to triple in size, so i suggest marking the side of the bowl, or use one that has measuring marks on the inside. Cover and wait.
Once it triples in size, which took just over an hour for mine, punch down the dough and move to a floured surface. Use your fingers to make a roughly 12 inch by 12 inch square. Fold the dough into thirds by lifting the bottom edge and folding into the center, then doing the same with the top. This will give you a 12 inch long rectanble. Cut this in half with a sharp knife or a bench scraper and put the second piece back in the bowl with a towel to cover it.
Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a roughly 12 in by 8 inch rectangle. Spread the hazelnut filling over the dough, leaving a 1 inch gap between the filling at the top of the dough (this should be the 12 inch side). Sprinkle the chocolate morsels/chunks/shaved pieces over the hazelnut.
Starting at the 12 inch side closest to you and with the filling to the edge, roll the dough so it ends on the 12 inch side that has the 1 inch gap. Wet a finger and dampen the dough just enough that it will seal..
Make a cut starting about an inch down on the small side and slice down to the bottom (so you have a pair of pants looking thing). Start twisting the two pieces with one side being bread facing up, while the other is the hazelnut facing up. Spray a loaf pan and gently set it inside. If you want the look of the picture, use a bundt pan.
Repeat the process with your second piece of dough. Cover both loaf pans with plastic wrap or a towel and let rest until doubled in size, which should take about 30 minutes.
While the dough is proofing, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix the egg and water together to make a wash. Once the loaves have doubled, baste the bread size first with the egg wash, and then the chocolate/hazelnut side (that way the finished product isn't streaked on the bread side). Put extra coating on the chocolate so it doesn't burn.
Bake for 30 minutes. If the chocolate looks like it's burning, place aluminum foil over the bread.
Cool for 30 minutes before trying to cut.
Strawberry dipping sauce
Place a bag of frozen strawberries into a pot over lo-med heat. Add a splash of water or liquor (such as brandy) to help the strawberries cook down. Once they are soft, use a fork or potato masher to crush them into a sauce.
February is still cold, so an off dry red is perfect for staying inside away from the snow and rain. Our Malbec wine, Foofurah, is soft and fruit forward, so it is great to pair with most romantic dinners or desserts. The thought of this wine with chocolate and strawberries was a little off the wall, but the addition of the smooth nutella braided into the bread brought everything together.
The name Foofurah originally described trapper and hunters' "Sunday Best" that they would wear into town after months of surviving in the wild. The difference in clothing took them from outdoorsmen to merchants and allowed better prices on their goods. Eventually the name came to mean a giant party, which is what happened when everyone came into town at the end of the season, looking their absolute best.