Chocolate Hazelnut Holiday Wreath

Chocolate Hazelnut Wreath -- Delicious!
Chocolate Hazelnut Wreath — Delicious!

I love to bake, but being single I need an audience to bake for–otherwise I would constantly be eating baked goods. So, the holidays are perfect for me–I get to bake and I always can find a holiday celebration where I can share the wealth–or in this case the wreath.  At work, I often give the gift of food  and this recipe is one I’ve made many times for various bosses, colleagues, and friends.  And it’s been received with great enthusiasm and delight.

I originally found this recipe in a cookbook–you know the ones, the paperbacks by the grocery store check out.  I can never resist. Unfortunately, though, I don’t remember which one so that I can give them credit, but my guess is that it is from Pillsbury.  Thank you to whoever came up with this recipe.  It’s delicious and so easy!  In fact, it’s so easy I’m almost embarrassed to share the recipe.  Now everyone who has ever received this as a gift will know the truth.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pillsbury French bread (or other brand–no problem)
  • 1 jar Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 small bag chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • a sprinkle of coarse crystal sugar, optional

 

Directions:

 

Spread with hazelnut spread and sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts
Spread with hazelnut spread and sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet either lightly grease or use parchment

 

2.  On a lightly floured surface, unroll the raw French bread dough into a sheet and adjust to make an even rectangle.

3.  Lightly, but evenly, spread with hazelnut spread, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the entire rectangle.  Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts.

 

 

 

On the long end, roll into a long tube.
On the long end, roll into a long tube.

 

 

4.  On the long side start rolling dough into a long tube. Pinch the seam together. If                   necessary, trim uneven ends. (I bake these along with the wreath to give myself a treat).

 

 

 

Form a wreath and pinch ends together
Form a wreath and pinch ends together

 

5.  Move the tube to your prepared baking sheet seam side down,forming the tube into a circle and pinch ends together.

 

 

 

 

Brush with egg wash
Brush with egg wash

 

6.  Lightly brush the top of the ring with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar (if desired)

 

 

 

 

Cut steam holes and sprinkle with coarse sugar--ready to bake!
Cut steam holes and sprinkle with coarse sugar–ready to bake!

 

7.  Using a serrated knife, cut 8 evenly spaced slits into the top of the ring

8.  Bake in a 350-degree oven for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh out of the oven!
Fresh out of the oven!

 

9. Let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar (If you don’t want to use powdered sugar, it’s beautiful and delicious straight out of the oven.)

10.  Prepare for rave reviews

 

 

 

So there you have it.  That is really all there is to it.  Simple and delicious–all you could ask for during the busy holiday season.  So whether you need a last minute hostess gift to Thanksgiving dinner or a sweet treat to take to the office holiday party, this could easily become your go-to recipe.  Breakfast, brunch, Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner?  Yes, please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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