Hello there ladies and gentlemen. Is your spirit well? Have you drank enough water? Please protect your energy, it is precious.
So, here we are again, you know, baking. So, what are we baking this week? CHOCOLATE CINNAMON ROLLS. Oooh yea, how delicious? Its winter and this is the perfect thing to bake, not only because it is yummy in your tummy but also because the oven warms up the kitchen so nicely now you in a world of warm.
Let us get to baking these thangs and maybe we can chat about it all later.
In the mix
2 1/4 teaspoons rapid-rise or instant yeast (one envelope)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 large egg
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup milk
1 ½ cups cake flour
2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
250g chopped chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
75g crushed almonds
How we roll
In a small bowl combine yeast, warm water, and sugar. Set aside for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl combine the milk, water, egg, oil, salt, and yeast mixture. Stir with whisk until everything is well combined.
Add the flour slowly and continue mixing until it begins to form firmer a dough texture. If dough is very sticky, add more flour by tablespoonfuls until dough begins to form ball and pulls away from sides of
bowl. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding more
flour if sticky, about 5 minutes. Rub with 1/2 teaspoon oil and cover for 45 minutes.
While dough is rising, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and salt. Set aside.
After the dough has doubled in size punch down and Transfer to floured work surface. Roll out to 30×15 cm rectangle.
Spread a thick layer of butter over the dough and sprinkle the cinnamon mixture evenly over the dough.
Roll the dough from the long end, be sure to roll tightly.
Cut into 3 cm wide slices. Place rolls 2 cm apart in two greased pans. Set aside for 45 minutes to rise. After the rolls have risen for 30 minutes preheat oven to 185 degrees C.
Bake for 25 minutes in center rack. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Melt butter and chocolate in a medium heat microwave for 10 second intervals while mixing until completely melted.
Once chocolate sauce is melted, pour over warm buns and sprinkle almonds over the top.
Serve while still warm or place in air tight container once completely cool to enjoy later.
Yummy in my tummy
Listen here guys. Its winter and I have no intention of munching on salads, I need to warm up. There will be no summer body being prepped this winter.
I have an unhealthy fear of baking bread. Around last year this time, I was trying my hand at breads and was faced with disaster after disaster and eventually came to the decision that I was not born for this bread life. My body and mind began rejecting bread, I was a broken woman. Imaging soup with no bread? I just fell out of love really. I can’t even remember the last time I ate a peanut butter and jam sandwich, I really love peanut butter and jam. But guys, I have faith now, I think bread and I are on better terms now.
Ok, so the only time I had any difficulty was with rolling. I didn’t roll it tight enough before rolling but it wasn’t the end of the world, I just rerolled the strips nice and tight. If the filling comes out, just throw it back in and keep on rolling, no biggie. By butter wasn’t soft enough before spreading so I rubbed it I my hand to make it softer like some sort of wildling. Yea, so don’t be me, make sure the butter is SOFT and not just at room temperature, it needs to be spreadable.
Side note: I ended baking these at my sister’s house, while she was busy cooking with a house filled with rowdy relatives throwing chirps as we all try watch the Croatia, Russia game. In short, difficult. The positive of this is the showering of positive energy one them buns were served. I rate I got 20 solid minutes of “wow, these are so good” like, a young girl might have started crying but my momma aint raised no punk. This is 100% going to be a staple in my family clearly, already thinking of a few ways I can switch it up and I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.