Easy Biscoff or Nutella Braided Bread
Bring sweet flavor to your breakfast or brunch with this deceptively easy Biscoff or Nutella Braided Bread. I love fresh bread. It’s a perfect addition to a home-cooked meal and—with the right loaf–a sure-fire hit at a brunch or dinner party.
Of course when it comes to your typical give me the energy to wake up morning meal, a sweeter bread hits the spot. Like this Biscoff (aka Speculoos) or Nutella Braided Bread! And it’s no slouch on the “impressive” scale either!
Yes, this Braided Bread was an interesting find, almost like a cross between a yeasted bread and a coffee cake. Bringing together the lightness of yeast and the flavor of a quick bread, it’s sure to please everyone at your table!
What is Biiscoff or Nutella Braided Bread
Now that’s a question with a lot of parts!
The short answer is that this a twisted loaf filled with sweet creamy Nutella or Speculoos / Biscoff–kind of like a simplified Babka. Of course a Babka has a richer, brioche-like dough (containing eggs), a homemade chocolate filling, and streusel topping. But this loaf has easier preparation on it’s side.
What is Speculoos / Biscoff (or the Cookie Butter)?
Speculoos, often known as Biscoff in the US is a European holiday spice cookie—if you ate Windmill cookies growing up, you know the flavor. And someone got the brilliant idea to turn it into a spread which means there are even more fun things to do with it! Try to imagine a decadent peanut butter or spreadable cookie! Then feel free to use it anywhere you’d put (a sweeter) peanut butter.
What is Nutella?
Nutella is a classic chocolate hazelnut spread. According to the Nutella website, “After World War II, cocoa was extremely scarce. Ferrero, originally from Piedmont in Italy, turned this tricky problem into a smart solution, creating a sweet paste made from hazelnuts, sugar and just a little of the rare cocoa. The ancestor of Nutella® was born.”
Like the Speculoos Cookie Butter, Nutella is sweet, spreadable and fun!
Is braided bread hard?
Now technically speaking this isn’t a regular braid since it has just two “strands.” But that means it’s easier! Basically you turn the strands cut side up, then alternate putting one on top of the other. Take a look at the pictures in the Step by Step Directions if this seems confusing.
Yes, if I can do it, it’s not really any harder than making a loaf of bread. Take the word of someone known for ugly baked goods!
Why You’ll Love This!
Tasty. The sweet taste of Nutella or Biscoff / Speculoos blends perfectly with the warm yeasty bread for a delicious loaf.
Fun and Unique. No boring breakfast bread here. Whether it’s for guests or just you and your family, this loaf will bring a smile to your table.
Easy. It’s not much harder than a loaf of bread. Which means it’s easy enough for a weekend breakfast even when there is no special occasion!
What You Need
- Yeast provides the rise in the bread
- Milk makes the loaf more tender
- All purpose flour forms the bulk of the loaf
- Whole wheat flour provides a little extra health value. But you can use an extra cup of all purpose if you prefer
- Salt adds flavor and influences the rise
- Sugar helps the yeast mulitply
- Nutella spread or Biscoff / Speculoos cookie butter provides the filling and flavor.
- Optional egg wash (egg beaten with water) helps the loaf brown
No special tools are needed.
Step by Step Instructions
To begin, you just roll out the dough into a rectangle on parchment and top with your choice of spread.
Using the parchment to help, roll into a long tube.
Slice down the middle or cut with a scissors to form two “strands”.
Turn the filling sides to face up, then braid/twist the two sides together, keeping the cut sides up.
How to Serve
This is delicious with breakfast, as a snack or for dessert. It would also be fun for a coffee or tea get together.
I added cinnamon chips to my speculoos loaf, sprinkling them over the cookie butter on the dough. I think that pecans would be delicious with this too!
The Nutella Braided Bread would be great with the addition of chopped hazelnuts, chocolate chips or even chocolate chunks. Imagine biting into a melty piece of chocolate—yum!
For a Cheater Braided Bread (in other words, super easy), I once even used a bakery pizza dough instead of making bread dough! Pizza dough is slightly less rich and tender due to absence of milk, but it’s still tasty!
The bread you see here is formed into a straight line. But sometime these braided loaves are formed into a circle instead. To do this just put the two ends together in a circle and . In fact I almost did this when I feared my long loaf wouldn’t fit the baking sheet. Sometime this is also formed into a star shape.
Wrap any leftovers tightly, store at room temperature and try to eat within a few days. This bread is good cold, but consider rewarming your leftover slices to bring back some of the oven fresh flavor.
You can also freeze the leftovers. Wrap tightly to avoid freezer burn and use within 2-3 months.
It is possible to pre-make a loaf, store in the refrigerator overnight for the final rise, then bring up to room temperature and bake the next morning. In practice I’ve found this more problem prone than it sounds, so I am not including instructions. If you have expertise in this area, please share in the comments!
Tips & FAQs
If your Biscoff / Speculoos or Nutella spread is too hard to spread over the bread dough, heat it briefly in the microwave then stir vigorously. Repeat as needed.
Many recipes include an egg wash, which is a tablespoon or so of beaten egg mixed with a little water. Brushed on a baked good like bread or pie crust, this can help them achieve an even golden brown color. Since I used part whole wheat flour, which has more natural color I skipped the egg wash.
Sweet Doughs and Breads
- Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bread from That Recipe
- Chocolate Walnut Babka from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Eggless Sesame Brioche Buns from Magical Ingredients
- Homemade Hamburger Buns from Jen Around the World
- Khaliat Nahal from Pandemonium Noshery
- Rum Raisin Bread from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Speculoos or Nutella Braided Bread from Art of Natural Living
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Bring the sweet flavor of Biscooff / Speculoos or Nutella to your breakfast or brunch with this tasty braided bread. Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
Biscoff / Speculoos or Nutella Cookie Butter Braided Bread
Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g
Bring the sweet flavor of Biscooff / Speculoos or Nutella to your breakfast or brunch with this tasty braided bread.
Nutrition data accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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That looks so good! Nutella is arguably not the best nougat cream but the most popular one. I will try it with other nougat cream too!
Sounds great–I hope you enjoy it!
Love this Nutella braid! I love anything with Nutella. Fun and delicious bread!
I have seen this bread everywhere and I have got to make this! It looks delicious!
Oooh, cookie butter sounds amazing!! So does Nutella!
yum! I’ve got plenty of Nutella and Speculoos at home! This sounds delightful!
Inger I love this lookamazing.
And here in a super I find they have speculoos and have some recipes.
Your bread look amazing I will save this recipe really lovely Inger!
I had it on my Pinterest board for a while Gloria–so glad I finally made it.
Ok cookie butter? How have I never heard of this?!? Definitely need to go out and find some asap!
I can’t believe Karis never introduced you 😉
I love Cookie butter. I need to make this bread – it looks and sounds delicious:)
You should try it Geraldine. I thought there was a lot of result for the effort involved and my mom (who was visiting) keeps talking about wanting to come over when I make it again.
I haven’t tried baking with Speculoos yet, but I do love watching what everyone else does with it. This bread looks amazing!
It wasn’t taking off plain at our house, Beth, but this was sure a hit!
I never got on the Speculoos band wagon, Inger. I’m not quite sure why because I often see it at Trader Joe’s. If I could bake a bread like that, I sure would be one happy girl! (or I could be invited over for breakfast too:)
How gorgeous is that bread, Inger. Speculously Spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing, Inger…A taste would be nice too, lol…
I would love to have you over for breakfast Louise! We could even sit in the garden!
DYNAMITE use for cookie butter! the cinnamon chips would be a great addition, but you’d better believe this is awesome as-is! 🙂
We have some maple chips too (I went on a bit of a chip buying binge) that I may try in the future.
Ooooo Inger…. love the use of the speculoos butter! I even have a jar in my pantry. Looks simply gorgeous!! Thanks for mentioning my blog! Have a great weekend!
Thanks for the inspiration Kathy. This was so popular I think I need to try it with the Nutella too!
Love the look of this! I haven’t had cookie butter in a long time. This recipe makes me think it’s time to purchase it again.
It never quite took off at my house–at least until I tried it this way! Got those kids too trained to eat healthy I guess 😉
Hi Inger, my goodness! This Speculoos Cookie Butter Braided Bread of yours looks so gorgeous and delish! I can almost smell the sweet fragrant of the cookie butter and the freshly baked bread! Awesome! Great to have it with a cup of hot coffee in the morning. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards 🙂
I love coffee and a nice sweet bread for breakfast too Ivy!
I’m just dying over here, this looks so good! Breadsmith, watch out!
I have to try this with Nutella too!