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Preparation time: 160 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Ingredients (serves approximately 10.) :
-200g strong white bread flourMethod: This recipe is all about comfort, so get your pj's ready once this is baked all you'll want to do is recline with a good cuppa and a film!
-40g caster sugar
-7g dried yeast
-5 tbsp milk
-1 large, free range egg, beaten
-2 tbsp hazelnuts, roasted, skinned and chopped
-2 tsp nutella, or other chocolate spread
-50g dark chocolate, chopped into small chunks.
-2 tbsp icing sugar
So let's get started, first make the base dough by putting the flour and sugar into a large bowl followed by a pinch of salt.
Rub the butter into this mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs and then stir in the yeast.
Heat the milk until it is hand hot and then tip it in, followed by the egg.
Mix everything up until you get a dough and then turn it onto a floured surface and knead for at least ten minutes or until the dough is beautifully smooth, silky and elastic.
Pop the dough back in the bowl, cover it with a tea towel and put it somewhere warm to prove for at least an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
Knead the dough again for another five minutes and then split it into two equal parts. Roll both lumps into strips about 25cm by 10cm.
Spread a spoonful of nutella down the middle of each strip followed by a sprinkling of the nuts and the chocolate.
Try and keep back about half a spoonful of the nuts for sprinkling on the top of the loaf (you can finish off the Nutella though!)
Roll up each rectangle like you would a swiss roll.
Take each sausage and twist each round one another so you have a twisty loaf. Shove both ends towards each other, so you shorten it and fatten it up a bit.
Pop the loaf on a greased and floured baking tray and cover again with the tea towel.
Leave it to prove and consider its fate for another hour, then bake it in a preheated oven (170C) for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown, risen and totally glorious.
While the loaf is cooling, mix enough water with the icing sugar to create a thin glaze (it should be the consistency of single cream) and brush it all over the top of the loaf.
Sprinkle the remaining hazelnuts over, while the glaze is still wet.
Prepare your surroundings for your snuggle experience, tea in hand and done!