Sunday, July 25, 2010

Nutella and Coconut Pinwheels

I'm not going to say that these were amazing, but I am going to say these are soooo good.  And sweet.  And chocolate-y and coconut-y, almost like a German chocolate cake but not really.  Does that make sense?    I wish I could have you over for coffee and one of these, because I know you'd be wowed.

The bread part is not as fine textured as I would have wished for; it was "raggedly" and "sturdy" to work with, I thought, but I am more than happy with the flavor and its ability  to stand up and complement the filling.

The original recipe called this a "no knead", and perhaps it is, but I still found I needed to knead it a couple of minutes.  I'll give you the recipe as it's written (my changes in procedure will be parenthetical).

Nutella and Coconut Pinwheels

4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 13-ounce jar chocolate-hazelnut spread (like Nutella), divided
1 cup shredded coconut

2-3 tablespoons milk

In a large bowl combine 2 cups of flour and the yeast. 

In a small saucepan, heat the milk, sugar, salt  and butter to 120*-130* Fahrenheit.  Add the milk mixture, along with the eggs, to the 2 cups of flour.  Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium  speed for 30 seconds, then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.  Stir in remaining flour. (Knead for three or four minutes, if desired.)  Cover and allow to rise in a warm place, until doubled, about 45 to 60 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes.  In the meantime, grease a large baking sheet, set aside.

Roll dough into a 12-inch by 9-inch rectangle.  Spread 2/3 cup hazelnut spread on the dough, leaving a 1-inch edge along one side of the dough. Sprinkle coconut on top of spread.   Roll up the rectangle, starting from the long side where the filling is spread to the edge.  Pinch dough to seal.  (I moistened the edge with a tiny bit of water to add some stickiness back to the dough to make it easier to seal.)

Slice in nine pieces.  (I sliced into 12 rolls.  Also I cleaned the knife in between cutting slices to keep the slices neat.)  Arrange on cookie sheet, leaving ample space in between.  Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in size (about 45 minutes.)

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350* Fahrenheit.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.  Cool 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack.  Drizzle with icing.

Nutella Icing

In a small bowl stir together remaining hazelnut spread and 2 to 3 tablespoons milk or until desired drizzling consistence is achieved.


  1. Sounds wonderful to me Katy. Nutella is so good and I love finding recipes that call for it!

  2. Honestly, with those flavors I don't think you could go wrong, no matter the texture of the bread! They look truly delicious.

  3. wonderful pinwheels...looks soft and has a perfect texture!

  4. These look and sound DIVINE! I like that they do not have so many ingredients and not so much butter and I LOVE Nutella (so do my kids). I'm definitely going to bookmark this recipe!

  5. Looks good and delicious to me. I wish I could come over to your house too! (grins)

  6. I love Nutella and I love coconut so these look like heaven on a plate to me. I do so wish I could pop in for a cup of coffee and one of these beauties, Katy...

  7. I wish I could come over for coffee and one of these. They sound fabulous.

  8. Gr8 recipe with nutella n coconuts..looks delish

  9. Lucky you Carol, you live in the same state as Katy. I'm stuck over here on the west coast!

    These look so warm and inviting and how can you go wrong with Nutella? You can't! One of these with a nice hot cup of coffee and I'd be happy!

  10. These nutella buns look sensational with perfect texture!

  11. Wow thats pure heaven I think:)

  12. Oh I used to be addicted to Nutella! :) This looks fabulous!

  13. What time is breakfast! They look absolutely delicious.

  14. You can wow me with these anytime. Nutella? yes please!

  15. Wow - this totally hits my cravings


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