Here is something even Elsa from Frozen might be jealous about – look at these braids!
I was impressed when I saw this recipe online and the fact that its using Nutella is just a bonus. Give it a go and you’ll see how easy it is to make!
Braided Nutella Star Cake
- 450 g (3½ cups) of flour
- 180 ml (¾ cup) of milk
- 2 egg yolks (keep egg whites for brushing the bread)
- 8 g (1 ½ tsp) of dry yeast
- 30 g (2 tbsp) of butter
- 70 g (⅓ cup) of sugar
- jar of Nutella
It’s a very simple recipe but involves some physical work, so if you were planning to hit the gym this week, this would certainly count as one session.
Warm up milk in a microwave until its luke warm and mix in the dry yeast and a bit of sugar. Let sit on the side until it starts bubbling. This step helps to develop the yeast, so you shouldn’t skip it.
Prepare your dough – mix together the flour, milk, egg yolks, butter and sugar. One word of advice – have your ingredients ready at hand, otherwise you might forget a small detail like eggs at the very end. Or is that just me?
When you have one round ball of goodness ready, set it on the side in covered bowl until it doubles in size.
Sprinkle your work surface with a bit of flour and start your workout – divide the dough in three parts and roll each of them into nice round shape (sounds easier than it is really!). I used pizza tray to measure and cut my ones. Once rolled, spread it on the tray and apply a generous layer of Nutella.
Repeat with the other two and line them up on top of each other.
When you’re done with rolling and spreading, it’s time to cut out the shape. Place a glass in the middle, and start cutting diagonally and horizontally, and then in between your cuts. Try to keep the size of the parts symmetrical.
Now the fun part starts. Lift two of these “legs” with both hands and twist them in the opposite direction. Repeat with the rest. Tap the ends of the cake to make sure the filling doesn’t spill out during baking 0r you can also fold them into a star-like shape if you want more tidy look.
Rub the egg whites on top of the cake and put in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes at 180C.
Open the oven (hear the angels sing) and enjoy with a cup of coffee and a good book.