Chocolate and Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche

Chocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche

As a food blogger and recipe developer perfectionist – a recipe post will require several re-iterations and tweaks before I deem it perfect enough to share… sometimes a recipe can require being re-trialled, baked and tested up to three times! It is rare that a perfect product results after a singular ‘go’.

However, when these rare gems do occur (where no modifications are necessary), I revel and celebrate in the moment, truly feeling like a cooking god – before digging my fork into my perfect baked treat. Chocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche

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Though it is in my nature to make bold statements, I always make sure that they are substantiated. I would never lie to you dear readers… and the truth is that this Chocolate and Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche is easily one of the best baked goods to ever come out of my kitchen. 

I trialled, tweaked and adapted a basic brioche recipe… and my pull-apart version instantly came out perfect, better than I could ever have imagined – no need for a singular modification, re-test or second bake.

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The pull-apart brioche loaf had risen high beyond belief, held together and was utterly delicious. I am glad to state that butter and brioche, can bake a killer brioche – truly worthy of the namesake.

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Chocolate and Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche is decadently delicious. It is unbelievably light and fluffy, almost cloud like so. The buttery sweet dough is painted in melted Nutella and stuffed with dark chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts.

All this delicious stuffing disperses throughout brioche which develops delicious pockets of gooey melted chocolate and hazelnut goodness throughout the final loaf.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche

There are few things better in this world than Nutella. The rich hazelnut spread seems to have an unfettering power that can make even the strongest of people go weak at the knees. Nutella is the perfect addition to this pull-apart brioche and the extra dark chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts adds another complimentary layer of textural complexity… and is a delicious surprise revealed only once the bread is pulled apart.

Chocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart BriocheChocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart BriocheChocolate and Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche will leave you scraping the plate clean and wishing for another slice. Make this for holidays, for friends and family, or just because it’s Monday – I promise that you will not be left disappointed (or hungry).

Chocolate Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche

Chocolate and Hazelnut Pull-Apart Brioche
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Basic brioche recipe adapted from Little French Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: French
Serves: 1 x 900g loaf
  • 240g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 25g sugar
  • 5g salt
  • 7g instant yeast sachet
  • 70ml milk
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 125g butter, cubed at room temperature
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 90g dark chocolate chips
  • 75g chopped hazelnuts, skinless and lightly roasted
  • 1 egg yolk, whisked with 2 tbsp milk (for wash)
  1. In a bowl of a stand-alone mixer fitted with a dough hook, place the flour, sugar, salt and yeast. On a slow speed mix the dry ingredients. Once combined, add the milk and eggs and continue to mix on a slow speed for 2 minutes. Switch to a medium speed and mix for a further 6-8 minutes. The dough will be soft, smooth and elastic.
  2. Add the cubes of softened butter piece by piece and continue to mix until the butter is thoroughly incorporated, roughly 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl to ensure even dispersion.
  3. Place the kneaded dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle, roughly 40 cm x 30 cm. Move the dough around from time to time to make sure it’s not sticking to the work surface, and dust with extra flour if needed.
  4. Spread the Nutella evenly across the dough rectangle and sprinkle with chocolate chips and hazelnuts. Cut the dough into 6 to 8 lengthwise strips. Place the strips on-top of each other to form a singular stack.
  5. Slice the stack into 4 to 5 squares. Place the squares into a lined loaf tin, slotting them side-by-side like books on a shelf, filling the tin two-thirds full (the dough will rise and puff filling the empty part of the tin when resting). (* See notes below for visuals).
  6. Brush the top of the loaf with the egg wash and leave to rise in a warm (but not hot) place for an hour and a half or until the dough has risen above the tin height and is puffy, with a formed ‘skin’ when lightly touched. (I always place any yeast dough in a warm oven heated to no higher than 25 C (77 F) - anything hotter while melt the butter in the dough).
  7. Once risen, pre-heat an oven to 180 C (350 F). Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (*see note) or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
*Check on the brioche 15 minutes into baking. You may need to cover it with a piece of foil if it’s looking too brown on top before it is fully cooked in the oven.
**Visual instructions for stacking a pull-apart loaf

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  • Reply Nagi@RecipeTinEats May 11, 2016 at 12:28 am

    This is amazing! It looks so soft and delicious! And of course, nothing beats nutella, right? 🙂

  • Reply Simone | My Blueberry Basket August 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    This is such a fantastic recipe, Thalia! And I agree with you so much, nothing can beat Nutella. Including it into this brioche is just perfect!

  • Reply Kat February 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Just made a version of this! So good. Everyone loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Reply Siobhan January 18, 2015 at 3:44 am

    this looks to.die.for. seriously! i was wondering though do you think it would translate well to a savory pull apart? i’m thinking bacon and gruyere….

    • Reply thalia January 18, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Yes it can easily be changed to a savoury version. I have made a saffron, rosemary and parmesan version previously.

  • Reply Leigha @ The Yooper Girl December 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Oh my goodness. This is one of the most beautiful loaves of bread I’ve ever seen!! Stunning photos. I’ve been wanting to try making brioche – it sounds so decadent!

  • Reply Urvashee December 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I love this bread. It combines two of my favorite things- brioche and anything with chocolate/hazelnut combo. If this were in front of me now, I probably would not stop eating it!

  • Reply DOnna December 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    My husband would dive right into this bread and I’d be right beside him! Incredible!

  • Reply Eric December 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Amazing pictures. Literally made my mouth watering. Fantastic job! I hope one day i’ll be able to bake something as delicious on my own. One day 🙂

  • Reply Lorie December 5, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Gah. This looks amazing!

  • Reply Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog December 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Wow, this looks impressive! I can totally understand how happy this made you if this was your first try at this! Gorgeous!

  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in training files December 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Pretty sure you just convinced me I need to bake some brioche today! Looks gorgeous and is making my mouth water 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie December 3, 2014 at 12:52 am

    These photos are drool worthy!

    I would never say no to decadent bread.

  • Reply Kathleen | hapanom December 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    This looks absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! I love hazelnuts and who doesn’t love chocolate! I especially like your interior shot of the bread – it looks so perfectly textured and divine!

  • Reply Ciara (My Fussy Eater) December 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

    This looks INCREDIBLE! You really have some fantastic recipes. You need to write a cookbook!

  • Reply Maggie December 2, 2014 at 5:17 am

    This is a plate of art! My mom loves hazelnut and she’d so happy to see this recipe! Will take some time to translate it and show her this!

  • Reply dina December 2, 2014 at 2:14 am

    what beautiful brioche!

  • Reply Leah / Freutcake December 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I can’t stop drooling over these photos! I could seriously do some damage if I had access to this brioche right now. More drooling.

  • Reply Raymund December 1, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Now I am thinking why dont I have a slice of that with this coffee I am holding right now 🙂

  • Reply Nicole - CHampagne and Chips December 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Magical! Look how fluffy the bread is. I have just stumbled over here and what a beautiful blog you have!

  • Reply Renee December 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Oh MY. This looks incredible. You are by far the best brioche baker I know! Must taste insanely good. Want it. Right now.

  • Reply marcie December 1, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Very rarely does a recipe come out perfect the first time, but when it does, it’s so nice! This pull apart brioche looks fabulous, Thalia, and I can see why it didn’t need to be tweaked. It looks so tender and flaky! Pinned.

  • Reply Theresa Polo December 1, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Everything looks sooooooooo divine!!! I don’t know where to start!!!!!! =)

  • Reply Michele @ Two Raspberries December 1, 2014 at 5:09 am

    wow! this looks amazingly delicious!! chocolate hazelnut flavor combo is perfection!;-)

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the baking December 1, 2014 at 4:57 am

    I love pull apart breads and this looks delicious.

  • Reply Liz December 1, 2014 at 2:20 am

    I am a huge brioche fan and adding Nutella to the mix can only make it more extraordinary! So much deliciousness in every bite!

  • Reply Olivia November 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    This looks so amazing! Chocolate and hazelnut? Yes, please! Thanks for sharing your deliciously perfected recipe!

  • Reply Emma November 30, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    This looks so delicious. Your photography is stunning. Happy to have found your blog. Emma.

  • Reply Lisa November 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I adore brioche, it may be my fsvorite thing to bake! I love this recipe!

  • Reply Maya @ Treats and Eats November 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I need this now! I love a good pull apart bread and I love nutella even more. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali November 30, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    oh this looks absolutely incredible Thalia! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

  • Reply Millie | Add a little November 30, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    This looks amazing Thalia – making it into french toast would be ridiculous but delicious!

  • Reply Dearna @tohercore November 30, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Oh wow, this looks stunning Thalia! Chocolate and hazelnuts go together so deliciously well, and in a brioche none the less – yum! And I definitely know what you mean about multiple attempts to get something right, and the joy and satisfaction that comes when you nail something the first time. Such a great little buzz isnt it 🙂

  • Reply indugetscooking November 30, 2014 at 6:57 am

    That’s a beautiful bread. Nutella, Chocolate chips and hazlenuts? I’m in!

  • Reply ATasteOfMadness November 30, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I have been swooning over pull apart bread for too long! This looks SO good!!

  • Reply Ilona @ Ilona's Passion November 30, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Yum! Delicious brioche .. and with hazelnut.. sounds delicious!

  • Reply mjskit November 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    It is just wonderful when the recipe works the first time. Like you, I do relish in my victory. 🙂 This bread is fantastic! Love the way you doubled up on the chocolate and the hazelnut by adding nutella to the recipe and also loved that you made it a pull apart bread. What a fun bread to eat!

  • Reply Meg @ Noming thru Life November 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Hello Beautiful! Om nom nom.

  • Reply Lily Lau November 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Looks so delicious!! You think it could be dipped on chocolate or that’d hide its taste?

  • Reply Valentina November 29, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    This recipe is just mouth watering! Looks so, so, so delicious! Love all the pictures!

  • Reply Easyfoodsmith November 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Reading your post and your description of this pull apart brioche, I felt like baking it right away. It looks like an art work. May be next weekend I will try to bake this beautiful brioche. 🙂 Thanks a ton for sharing.

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) November 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    This loaf looks absolutely spectacular!!

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  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire November 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    This pull apart brioche is perfect! Once again, you have blown my mind with something so incredibly delicious, I want to reach into my screen and grab a nice piece of bread to enjoy with my coffee. Pinning!

  • Reply Ann Low November 29, 2014 at 7:34 am

    WOW Gorgeous! This pull apart brioche looks so delicious!

  • Reply Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) November 29, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Oh, this looks dangerously moreish – Thalia!

  • Reply Judit + Corina @ Glamorous Bite November 29, 2014 at 12:30 am

    We love how fluffy this pull apart bread looks and those wonderful swirls of chocolate are just calling to us!

  • Reply Isadora @ she likes food November 29, 2014 at 12:07 am

    First of all, your baking dish is beautiful! Secondly, I love pull apart bread and this one looks awesome! One of the reasons I hate baking so much is because I have to try a few times before it comes out perfect. How awesome that this came out great the first time!

  • Reply gloria November 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Really georgeous brioche! Look amazing!!
    have as nice weekend!

  • Reply Stephanie November 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    This looks SOOOOO good, and your pictures are amazing!!! I’m hungry now! 🙂

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter November 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    This pull apart bread is gorgeous Thalia! Chocolate and hazelnut were meant for each other and in a soft bread that comes together easily? Amazing!

  • Reply Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I definitely know that tweak and tweak again feeling! It’s very familiar although when something works first go, it’s something to really be happy about! 😀 Cause for a piece of brioche for sure 🙂

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven November 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Gahhh!! I want this entire gorgeous loaf in my face, um NOW. Seriously, Thaila this brioche is incredible! All that chocolate hazelnutty goodness is pulling me in. 🙂 Need!!

  • Reply Karishma November 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    oh god pull apart breads are definitely next on my list to conquer. this one looks sooo delicious. i literally don’t think i would be able to stop eating it.

  • Reply Cheryl November 28, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Thalia, I have a very important question for you.

    Will you PLEASE come live with me and make all of this epic delightfulness day-in and day-out? I’ll even divorce my husband and make an honest baker out of you. For reals.

    Please don’t tell him I said that….. unless you want to say yes…

    Please say yes!

    In other words, holy mama, this looks amazing! I think I’ll make this for Christmas morning.. yum!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice November 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Pull apart breads are my favorite, Thalia! This chocolate hazelnut combination sounds absolutely amazing. Gorgeous pictures, too!

  • Reply The Blonde Chef November 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I am always up for a good brioche recipe, but hazelnut? Ugh! This just sounds SO yummy! Can’t wait to test this out on my family this weekend! Thanks, Thalia!

  • Reply Marissa November 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    After yesterday’s feast, I didn’t think anything could look mouthwatering to me today. I was wrong. 😉 This looks fabulous, Thalia!! Bookmarked.

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert November 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    That is one gorgeous bread, Thalia! I want to sink my teeth into it.

  • Reply Alexandra November 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Wow. This is just absolutely gorgeous. I love the beautiful stripes the chocolate makes. Very impressive 🙂

  • Reply Tasbih @ Cleobuttera November 28, 2014 at 8:06 am

    A loaf that looks like this doesn’t need convincing to make! I’ve been drooling ever since the title showed up in my inbox. As a nutella addict and a bread lover, it doesn’t get any better than this. I’ve tried the cinnamon sugar pull apart version before and was all over it, and I can only imagine how amazing this one will turn out. Time to stop imagining and start doing!

  • Reply Culinary Flavors November 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

    It looks absolutely decadent and delicious!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 28, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Pull-apart brioche with chocolate and hazelnut – how can life get any better than this?

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen November 28, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Wow, this looks amazing! Congrats on getting it perfect first go!

  • Reply jessica @ BAKECETERA November 28, 2014 at 6:37 am

    i am so glad that you’re saying this is an easy recipe, because it looks so complicated… i won’t be terrified to give it a go now! it looks so delicious.

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina November 28, 2014 at 12:30 am

    This bread looks so amazing! And chocolate and hazelnut are always a great combo! Pinned!

  • Reply Priyanka November 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I do agree with you! A perfect recipe takes time to reach to perfection and any failure makes me more determined! And I must say your this brioche is far more than perfect! Lovely pictures!

  • Reply Chichi November 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I need this chocolate hazelnut brioche in my life. It looks so so good. Nutella will always be a winner for me

  • Reply Monique November 27, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    It looks like brioche heaven on a plate.

  • Reply fanny November 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    OH.MY.GOD!!!!! I think I need at least half a loaf. NOW! Looks too good!

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