Nutella twists

Nutella twists by chef in disguise. They are actually much easier to make than what they seem

Beauty surrounded the Daring Bakers this month as our host, Sawsan, of chef in disguise, challenged us to make beautiful, filled breads. Who knew breads could look as great as they taste?

Yup! I was the host of this month’s daring bakers challenge :) and it could not have come at a better time. This month my blog turns 3 and what better way to celebrate the occasion that doing it with homemade bread?

Nutella twists by chef in disguise. They are actually much easier to make than what they seem

As many of you may already know,I have a deep passion for baking. One of my favorite baking projects is to make bread from scratch. I find it very comforting, almost therapeutic. Watching yeast bubble with excitement as it gets ready to help you make bread magic. Kneading the dough and feeling it transform under your finger tips from a lumpy mess into a silky smooth ball. Watching the dough rise. Punching it down and then forming it into whatever shape you want. A wonderful creative vent, all up to you and your imagination.

When it was time to choose this month’s challenge I just knew it had to be bread, but regular bread wouldn’t do! It is a DARING  bakers challenge after all! It had to be a challenge that took bread making a step further. I put my thinking cap on and I came up with this :)

A challenge inspired by the work of Valentina Zurkan, if you have never heard of her, google the name and I promise, you will be blown away!! I gave the daring bakers two bread forms to choose from,the nutella twists that I am sharing with you today and my cinnamon sweet bread which I posted to celebrate my blog’s one year anniversary :)

Flavors and fillings: The beauty of this bread is that you can use any filling that you like, savory or sweet. In the savory category you may want to try herbs, spice mixes like zaatar, grated cheese or any other strong flavored savory filling that appeals to you. If you would rather try a sweet version, try cinnamon, coco powder, Nutella, falvored butter, marzipan, the possibilities are endless.

The dough: For sweet fillings I use the dough recipe provided here. For savory ones I use this dough. Both recipes work well for the twists required in this challenge but if you have another dough recipe you are comfortable with, you can use it.

Nutella twists by chef in disguise

Nutella twists:

Servings:This dough recipe makes two loaves, 16 small pieces each


1 can (400 gm) (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk

3 large eggs

1 cup (240 ml) vegetable oil

1 cup (240 ml) warm water

3 teaspoons (15 ml) (12 gm) yeast

7 cups (1 kg) (2.2 lbs) all-purpose (plain) flour, approximately

Pinch of salt

Instead of the egg-wash use

2 tablespoons (30 ml) (25 gm) (1 oz) milk powder

3 tablespoons (45 ml) lukewarm water

1teaspoon (5 ml) (5 gm) sugar

1/4 teaspoon (1 gm) instant coffee

For the filling

½ jar  (200 gm) (7 oz) of nutella (or similar)


 1. Mix the condensed milk, yeast, oil, water, and eggs in the bowl of your mixer

2. Add the flour one cup at a time and knead using the kneading attachment or by hand till you get a soft dough

3. The dough will be slightly sticky due to the sweetened condensed milk, don’t worry once the dough rests it will have a wonderful consistency

4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rest till it doubles in size

5. Punch down the dough and divide it into 2 parts. Wrap one part in a plastic bag and work with the other

6. Divide the dough ball into 4 parts

dough 1

7. Roll each part into a circle at least 20 cm (8 inch) in diameter

You can use a plate or any other round item as a template if you want your layers to be identical and uniform


8. Spread the Nutella (or similar filling) on the first layer

spread nutella

9. Place the second layer on top of the first and repeat

10. Top with the fourth layer, this time only brush it with butter.


Note:To help with the slippery Nutella, you can place the filled layers before cutting into the fridge for 20-30 minutes, this will help the nutella to firm up. That will make the cuts and twists easier.

11. Using a knife make cuts that divide the dough circles into 8 triangles starting at the center but don’t go all the way to the outer edge.

I find that using a ruler to mark the dough makes the cuts easier and more uniform.
You can also dip your knife in flour before cutting, that helps to prevent the layers from sticking together. I have also found that a pizza cutter works well because it is extra sharp.


12. Then divide each triangle into two (2) . That gives you a total of 16 triangles

13. Gently lift the triangles one at a time and twist them


The end result will look like this, repeat for the other dough ball


14. Brush the dough with egg wash replacement

15. Allow to rest for 15 minutes during which you would heat your oven to very hot 240°C (rack in the middle)

16. Bake for 5 minutes on very hot  240°C, then lower the temperature to moderately hot 200°C and bake for 15-20 more minutes


Note:ovens do differ greatly, so the time may differ,what you want is to bake it until the under side is golden brown and the bread is baked all the way to the center. If the top of the bread is not golden brown by that time and you have a broiler (grill) in your oven. Turn on the broiler (grill) for a couple of minutes until the bread is golden brown on top. If on the other hand the top is getting too dark, consider lowering the oven temperature and covering the top of the bread with foil to stop it from over browning

Nutella twists

Storage & Freezing Instructions/Tips:

The dough for the  Nutella twists can be stored in the fridge for up to three days.

The bread, once baked can be stored in air tight container for 2-3 days at room temperature or in the fridge.

Additional Information:

Inspired and want to try other bread forms, check out this board

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  1. Bread – this beautiful? Amazing truly. I’m not much of a bread baker – just cakes, but let me tell you, I wouldn’t mind trying this at all. It looks complicated, sophisticated, elegant, and I bet the taste is just that. Thanks!

  2. Sawsan, thank you for this amazing challenge and delicious recipes for beautiful bread! I made cinnamon sweet bread, it’s so beautiful and delicius!

  3. This bread looks like a piece of art! I will give it a try!

  4. … Its really elegant, and delicious..

  5. Renata

     /  February 27, 2014

    Hi. Sawsan! First off, thanks for hosting this beautiful challenge! It’s been a while since I saw these beautiful twisted breads on Pinterest and since then I have wanted to try them. I feel so sorry I haven’t been able to participate on the DK challenges, there is so much cool stuff going on and I’m missing all the fun, hopefully not for very long. Congrats on the amazing work, and your photos are stunning, as always! Happy blog anniversary! You have one of the most interesting and beautiful blogs from my list!

  6. That is absolutely beautiful my friend, beyond sophistication! I feel like I have not visited forever, so it is good to be back :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. What a beautiful bread, I am more than tempted to try my hand with your recipe. It’s such a clever presentation Sawsan, simply beautiful.

  8. Thanks again for the challenge – I really enjoyed it! :)

  9. I bet it’s as tasty as it is beautiful.

  10. Gosh Sawsan!! This is so beautiful and so intricate.. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you!! I have been extremely distracted all Feb.. so missed your blog birthday.. wishing you many more.. as you continue brighten our days with your posts!! :))

  11. WOW!! Breathtaking! I’m printing already as I write. I have to try this!!

  12. Wonderful challenge this month Sawsan! I’m running a little late, but I have made the dough and I plan on making a sundries tomato and roasted garlic twisted bread today :)

  13. You have so much talent! The bread is a work of art! Mine would probably look like a mess :)

  14. Well, you’ve done it again. I have no words, I have no adjectives, I have nothing to describe my AWE as I scrolled down your post.

    I googled Valentina Zurkan and WOW! And that Pinterest board is incredible too…

    You are simply amazing. Amazing.

  15. What fabulous challenge Sawsan…I was amazed when I saw it,a dn inspired to bake lots of bread. I did that and thought of you all the time. Thank you for introducing me to bread art. Next time, I shall make prettier bread. This times was delicious!! THANK YOU!

  16. I had so much fun doing this challenge! Thank you for introducing me to a new way to enjoy baking bread.

  17. Congratulations on the 3rd anniversary of your blog. Your breads looks beautiful. Love your pictures. Makes me want to pick a piece and eat it :-). Of course the coffee is welcome too.
    I too love baking bread and find the whole process therapeutic not to mention magical! Thank you for setting this challenge and introducing us to Valentina Zurkan.

  18. Anonymous

     /  February 27, 2014

    Wonderful challenge this month Sawsan!! Now my new challenge is to make my bread look as beautiful as yours! Cheers!

  19. Thanks a lot for the wonderful challenge. I really enjoyed making beautiful bread ! Yours looks awesome. Sure I am gonna make the Nutella version bread soon. Lovely recipe !!!

  20. Gorgeous cuts!

  21. This challenge was so cool, the breads looked impressive but they were very easy to make with your step by step instructions. Thank you!

  22. My son would love this bread as he is mad for Nutella. Love the way you cut the dough and make the twist happen, very cool.

  23. Thank you for such a fantastic challenge – this is definitely the prettiest bread I’ve ever attempted, and your instructions were so clear. Plus it tasted great too.

  24. I love me some Nutella and this looks AWESOME!

    Just an FYI, tomorrow is going to be the first EVER #FoodBlogFriday on Twitter and you should totally participate! It’s super easy and it’ll be a lot of fun. Just share this post on Twitter using the hashtag #FoodBlogFriday and I’ll help drive traffic back to your site! I’m hoping you participate and don’t forget to let all your other blogger friends know!

  25. I am lost for words at how beautiful this is! Quite simply stunning!

  26. That was a great challenge. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  27. I love this! I have seen this brioche flower on Youtube and would love to bake it one day, it is so elegant… yours is absolutely beautiful!

  28. Great challenge, Sawsan! Thanks for introducing us all to the artistry of Valentina Zurkan as well!

  29. This is such a beautiful bread! Too pretty to be eaten!

  30. congrats on your 3rd blog anniversary. This bread looks beautiful, its a work of art.

  31. Lovely and fun challenge, Sawsan, thank you so much!

  32. The challenge was amazing, thank you very much. I enjoyed it even more because it came right on time when my son arrived home from Amman, where he is currently working! I am so pleased that I took the challenge and discovered your blog at the same time!

    • Oh my gosh, I think I’m gonna faint. I’m catching up today and beetwen the zucchini bread with the Nutella and the chicken alfredo wrap things, I don’t know which to do first! You know what I started doing, keeping a notebook by the computer and writing down the recipes I want to make and what I need to buy. Like I have most the stuff for the zucchini bread but no Nutella – and we just finished some! I’m gonna go waddle off to the kitchen now. Way to go with these recipes!!

  33. What a beautiful bread… I loved it. I should try this out soon… Pinning it…

  34. Anonymous

     /  March 1, 2014

    Mashallah beautifull !!

  35. Thank you Sawsan for an amazing challenge! I have always loved baking bread but didn’t realise it could be so beautiful! It was a perfect challenge for me and I made the breads quite often throughout the month. I know these breads won’t be my last. Thank you!

  36. Mmm. I’ll eat just about anything that includes Nutella, and these look delicious!!

  37. It’s beautiful! I need to make it.

  38. Simply stunning – I must try something savoury with this technique as I have just made some Nutella Espresso Sticky Buns…Found you from a comment you left on Deeba’s blog – so glad I clicked through!

  39. Sawsan, thank you so much for such a wonderful, creative and beautiful challenge! And my youngest son thanks you – he ate most of both my breads and absolutely loved them! :D

  40. Anonymous

     /  March 1, 2014

    I loved your challenge, Chef! And what never happens: on the day of publication one of my Facebook friends jumped up and made the challenge :-)

  41. InMyBibi'sKitchen

     /  March 2, 2014

    I love anything with nutella, recently in NYC I went to a Lebanese place specializing in Manakish/Manooseh and their dessert option was Manakish with nutella, this reminds me of that idea only this is so much fancier. I cant wait to try the dough looks very rich with the condensed milk :-)

  42. Congratulations on three years of blogging Sawsan! It has gone by so quickly. And I am just enamored with the recipe you’ve chosen. The twists are just beautiful. I’ve never seen that done with bread before. I’m glad you included the picture tutorial because I simply couldn’t imagine how that could be done. It’s just gorgeous! And your cinnamon twist bread is equally as stunning. I’m definitely craving some homemade bread now! Here’s to many more happy years of blogging and baking. :)

  43. Absolutely beautiful and it looks so delicious! Looks very challenging for me to make, wish I was as talented with making dough but I always have a hard time with it.

    see my recent post, Strawberry Pie

  44. That looks insanely gorgeous. Congratulations on the three years of producing sensational food.

  45. Happy anniversary, Sawsan! The twists are really gorgeous!

  46. Wow. Just wow! I am SO impressed by this post Sawsan, I kept scrolling back up to admire your fabulous pictures whilst reading the method! I love nutella but I’ve never actually used it to bake before. You’ve inspired me to try something more adventurous… loving the look of the cinnamon breads also. Thanks so much for the step-by-step pictures and instructions! xxx

  47. These twist look incredible, I might need to try them :)

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