chocolate for breakfast

nutella scone2

Of the three main meals, breakfast has got to be the most overlooked for me. Thanks to my weak stomach, anything heavy, egg-y or milky is a definite no, so most of the times I find myself either skipping breakfast for a heavy lunch, or enjoying plain toast or fruits every other day. With a somewhat limited choice for breakfast, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I often sneak bakes for the next morning (how else do you think I’ve been able to tell if it’s better the next day?);– cakes, brownies and muffins in their day-old glory.

Yes, I am terribly guilty of having sweets for breakfast. One of the perks of being an adult, no?

Ah, but this is one of those rare times when I actually don’t feel guilty for having chocolate for breakfast. And of course, another excuse to dip your finger into that large jar of Nutella, albeit in a more elegant manner.

nutella scone1

I am sure you can probably attest to my obsession with Nutella by now. And any recipe with the mere mention of this sweet hazelnut chocolate spread would immediately see me either attempting to lick enticing photographs off the screen, or do the next best thing, and run off to the oven with a proposal.

But of course, there are other recipes that would simply sound better if they had Nutella in it.

The original recipe for these breakfast scones called for finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate, but Nutella definitely sounded much more interesting in my books. That, and the fact that incorporating chocolate (or in my case, Nutella) in a typically fuss-free adult breakfast treat spells pretty much godsent to me.

These scones were crumbly, a little flaky, yet somewhat cakey, with a tinge of sweetness coming from the Nutella. I only spread a little layer, fearing that the Nutella would ooze out, but if I were to give this another visit (which I will), I would probably slab on a little more, since the Nutella flavour wasn’t as pronounced as I would have liked it to be. But it made for a great breakfast treat, nonetheless; the scone texture itself was perfect, and the Nutella added a little flavour which wasn’t too overwhelming for the non-chocoholics to still enjoy.

Now, who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast?

Nutella Swirl Scone Loaf
(adapted from Donna Hay Issue 41)

1 1/2 cup (225g) self raising flour
1/4 cup sugar
40g cold butter, chopped
1/2 cup milk, plus extra for brushing
about 1/2 cup Nutella (or 100g finely chopped chocolate)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Place the flour and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Add the butter and rub it into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk little by little, using a butter knife to gradually mix the milk to the flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface, and gently bring the dough together.
  6. Roll out to an 18cm x 24cm rectangle, and spread the Nutella on the dough. (If using finely chopped chocolate, just sprinkle the chocolate on the dough.) Roll up to enclose.
  7. Place in a greased and floured loaf tin, and brush the top with the extra milk.
  8. Bake at 180C for 25-30mins, or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool in the tin for 5mins before turning it out onto a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes:

  1. The dough is VERY sticky to work with, so just use the flour measurement as a guide, and add as you please, without overworking the dough.
  2. I didn’t measure out the Nutella, so feel free to add according to your own preference.

34 thoughts on “chocolate for breakfast

  1. the mister

    “Of the three main meals, breakfast has got to be the most overlooked for me. ”

    Except our quests for the elusive Mac and KFC breakfasts of course! Hehe… πŸ˜›

  2. Nurun


    Wowie ka powie! That is some awesome brekkie there!

    It’s just like the ad on telly advises, “Energy for learning”. Even a mum/teacher approves of Nutella, so there πŸ˜‰

    Breakfast is the most important meal! Like my mommers and aunt say;

    Eat your breakfast like a king,
    Eat your lunch like a rich man
    And eat your dinner like a pauper!

    I say YES, YES and fail at the third cause where food is concerned, I fail and stuff myself like a turkey at Thanksgiving. *sigh*

  3. ovenhaven Post author

    the mister: Yerrrp, though I must say I’m missing Mac’s breakfast more now. Hotcakes, soon?

    Nurun: Ah, I guess for me I’ve got it the other way round! No wonder my waistline seems to constantly be on the rise πŸ˜› And yes, the Nutella ad seemed a bit cheesy for me, but any endorsement for chocolate for breakfast gets a thumbs up from me!

    percicilan: Thanks! One thing for sure, it tempted me to spread a bit more Nutella on each slice when I was having my share πŸ˜›

  4. felicia

    totally agree with the overlooking of breakfast part!
    but with recipes like these.. i sense a change in that soon!

  5. oneordinaryday

    Wow, this looks awesome! I’m a newbie to Nutella but have had a blast using it in my baking so this one’s getting bookmarked. Thanks.

  6. ovenhaven Post author

    felicia: Haha πŸ˜› Wish I could have Nutella-themed breakfast every day!

    amy: Give it a go, sweetie! All thanks to your post, now I’m craving for marmalade as well πŸ˜›

    oneordinaryday: Welcome to the ever-growing Nutella fanclub! No spoons necessary πŸ˜›

    thecoffeesnob: I think my baking hinges on this motto: Everything tastes better with ice-cream, crumb topping, or Nutella πŸ˜€

  7. Zita

    There is nothing better tahn chocolate for brakfast(and lunch… and dinner…haha), the idea of swirl scone loaf is just perfect πŸ™‚

  8. grace

    dynamite! i always say that breakfast is my favorite meal, and i suspect that has something to do with the fact that you can get away with eating chocolate and cake and the like. πŸ™‚

  9. ovenhaven Post author

    Zita: I totally agree with you, sweetie! Chocolate should be a permanent feature in every meal, or at least for mine πŸ˜›

    grace: Ah, that’s a great way of looking at it! πŸ˜€

    Jen@MaplenCornbread: Hope you’ll like it as much as I did! *hi-fives fellow Nutella lover*

    Miya: Haha, hope it works out best for you! πŸ˜€

    Julie: If I had a whole jar right now, baking would be the last thing on my mind; I’d totally go finger-dipping crazy! πŸ˜› Having said that, save some for this Nutella bread pudding!

  10. 19thmayflower

    OMG! i love scones, i really do. and i think this nutella scones are perfect! hmmmm i could almost smell them LOL. (i shouldn’t have said that cos i’m fasting today)

  11. jean-marie

    Omg Nutella!!!!! & here i was, thinking that scones already made breakfast xtra special. And you came up with this! Love you, doll!

  12. smallkitchenbigideas

    Nutella for breakfast sounds perfect! I love Donna Hay’s recipes; they tend to turn out very well.

  13. ovenhaven Post author

    19thmayflower: Haha, I was fasting too when I read your comment! πŸ˜› I really wish I could recommend you to buy scones, but nothing beats having them fresh from the oven πŸ™‚

    jean-marie: Ah sweetie, you should definitely give this a go, and instead of your clotted cream, perhaps another sinful spread of Nutella? πŸ˜›

    smallkitchenbigideas: I’m getting hooked on her magazines for the very reason! πŸ™‚

    Valerie Catrice: I second that! I don’t think I can ever get sick of Nutella πŸ˜›

  14. Xiaolu

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hazelnut can ONLY make things BETTER. I think you’ll be excused (or applauded if it’s up to me) for this substitution ;).

  15. ovenhaven Post author

    DessertObsessed: I’m sure this is the least tempting of all the desserts you’ve tried in your recent expedition! πŸ˜€

    Xiaolu: Haha, thanks for the vote of confidence!

  16. princessmisia

    ooooh! this looks really really really delicious!!! I have a craving for nutella now!!! will deffo try this recipe out soon!

  17. ophelia

    you know what. I’m inspired to do this for breakfast! hehe.. am a nutella lover myself.. thks for sharing this recipe! πŸ™‚

  18. bluestocking

    Found you via the BYOB roundup. We don’t usually have sweets for breakfast either, but this looks so good! I love the crumb; it does look very sconelike. Thanks for sharing it.

  19. ovenhaven Post author

    Cathy: Thank you for dropping by! Oh you should definitely give Nutella a go, and I think this would be a great start, since the taste is not too overwhelming πŸ™‚

    bluestocking: Glad to have shared πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’ve done justice to the loaf though; it looks AMAZING in the magazine! I hope you’ll give it a try πŸ™‚

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