I love Nutella. There is just something about that creamy chocolate – hazelnut spread that is simply delicious. I’ve been known to slather it on toast or even eat it by the spoonful right from the jar. But it is also a wonderful ingredient to cook with, taking baked goods from ordinary to extraordinary. I’m also a huge fan of coconut and cooking with coconut milk. It is rich and flavorful, providing dishes with a subtle sweetness and baked goods with a moist and slightly tropical consistency that you simply can’t get from other types of milk.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup Nutella, slightly warmed until easily spreadable
For the glaze:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Up to 4 tablespoons coconut milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9 x 5 x 2.75 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate bowl beat egg with a fork and stir in melted butter and coconut milk.
- Pour egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir just enough to combine. Fold in flaked coconut.
- Spoon one third of the batter into the bottom of the loaf pan. Add half the Nutella, covering the batter as best you can without mixing the two together.
- Add another 1/3 of the batter and cover Nutella completely. Finish with the other half of the Nutella and then more batter to top it off.
- Use a table knife and stick it down, all the way through the batter at one end of the loaf pan. Work your way from one side of the pan to the other in a zigzag motion. Make just one pass for the swirl effect.
- Bake 55-65 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Let cool 20 minutes in pan before flipping over and letting cool completely.
- For the glaze, add confectioners’ sugar to a medium sized bowl and start with 2 tablespoons of milk poured into the sugar. Mix until it is a thick, pourable glaze, adding more milk as necessary in order to achieve the right consistency.
- Pour over bread and allow to sit.
- Slice when the glaze is completely dry.
Yields 12 slices