Other than your basic baking ingredients, flour and sugar, etc. you need a food processor, which you don’t even need to wash between steps, and some hazelnuts to whip up this light, tender and tasty Hazelnut Streusel Bread. Streusel in the middle and on the top and the addition of chocolate chips will make this sweetenuf treat a staple on your ‘to go’ bake list.
I found this easy recipe in a Williams-Sonoma book titled ‘Home Baked Comfort’.
To make it easier purchase a bag of peeled hazelnuts and this bread will be in the oven in under 15 minutes. No peeled hazelnuts (or filberts as they are sometimes labeled), on hand? Spread the hazelnuts onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a 325F oven, shaking occasionally. Remove and dump the hazelnuts onto a clean tea towel (wrapping them up) and rub them vigorously together to remove most of the skins. Don’t be worried if some of the skins remain.
Remember to measure accurately, preheat your oven and scrape down the food processor as needed to ensure the best baked product you can!
Hazelnut Streusel Bread
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
For the Streusel:
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp cold butter
1/2 cup hazelnuts, rough chopped (toasted and peeled)
For the Batter
1/3 cup hazelnuts (toasted and peeled)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
1/2 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
For streusel, in a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter and prcocess until crumbly. Transfer to a bowl and add in the 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts. Set aside.
For batter, in the food processor, process the 1/3 cup hazelnuts and 1/3 cup sugar until finally ground. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and process to combine. Transfer to a large bowl.
In the food processor now add the butter and remaining 1/3 cup sugar until light and creamy. Scrape down sides of bowl and add in the eggs and vanilla and process until fully combined. Add in sour cream and process. Scrape into bowl with the dry ingredients and stir together. Add chocolate chips and fold in.
Scrape half of the batter into the loaf pan and sprinkle with half of the streusel and top with remaining batter and streusel.
Bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, rotating halfway through baking. Toothpick inserted in centre will come out clean.
Let cool completely and slice!