Frozen Nutella Loaf

“I’m a Nutella addict, so anything that involves the chocolate hazelnut spread is a winner in my book,” says food writer Sarah Rainey.

“Like a cheesecake but made in a loaf tin, this easy layered dessert looks impressive – and tastes utterly delicious. Better still, you can make it weeks ahead of time and keep it on ice.”

Frozen Nutella Loaf from Six-Minute Showstoppers by Sarah Rainey

Serves 8–10


  • 1 x 400g tub Nutella
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 200g sweet plain biscuits (like Arnott’s Nice biscuits)
  • 400g cream cheese
  • 80g icing sugar, sifted
  • 50g chopped roasted hazelnuts


1. Line a standard loaf tin (approx. one litre) with cling film, completely covering the base and sides and making sure there’s plenty of excess overlapping the edges. I use three strips – one for each long side and one for the middle. Place a medium saucepan on the hob and turn the heat up high. You’ll also need a food processor (or a Ziplock bag and a rolling pin) for crushing the biscuits, and a whisk.

2. Put 150g Nutella and the butter in the pan and melt, stirring often so it doesn’t burn.

3. Meanwhile, blitz the biscuits in the food processor until they turn to crumbs, or you can put them in a Ziplock bag and bash them with a rolling pin.

4. When the mixture in the pan has melted to a smooth chocolate paste, tip the biscuit crumbs into the pan and stir until combined. Pour this into the lined loaf tin and use the back of a spoon to press it down.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining Nutella with the cream cheese and sifted icing sugar until smooth. Tip this into the loaf tin and spread on top of the biscuit base.

6. Finish with the chopped hazelnuts, covering the surface right to the edges. Wrap the excess cling film over the top of the loaf to cover it and place it in the freezer for three to four hours to set.

7. Remove from the freezer around 20 minutes before serving and slice with a sharp knife dipped in boiling water. If you don’t eat it all in one go, keep the rest of the loaf, well covered, in the freezer – it should last for two to three months.

What’s your philosophy on decadent desserts? Do you stay clear or allow yourself the occasional treat?

Six-Minute Showstoppers by Sarah Rainey, photography by Clare Winfield, is published by Michael Joseph.

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