Welcome to our kitchen, where we craft delectable delights that tantalize the taste buds and leave you craving for more. Today, we present to you our exquisite creation: Cinnamon Chocolate Rolls. A perfect blend of warmth from cinnamon, richness from chocolate, and sweetness from brown sugar, these rolls are a symphony of flavors that will elevate your dessert experience to new heights.
History The origins of cinnamon rolls date back centuries, with variations found in cultures across the globe. From the Swedish “kanelbulle” to the American cinnamon roll, this beloved pastry has evolved over time, each iteration adding its own unique twist. Our rendition, infused with indulgent chocolate, pays homage to this timeless classic while adding a modern twist that is sure to impress even the most discerning palate.
Ingredients For the Dough:
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 packet)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
For the Filling:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Prepare the Dough In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, and instant yeast. In a saucepan, gently heat the water, milk, and unsalted butter until warm, being careful not to boil. Add the warmed liquid mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl, along with the large egg. Using a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment or your hands, knead the mixture until a smooth and elastic dough forms.
2. Allow the Dough to Rise Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and place it in a warm, draft-free area to rise for approximately 1 hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. This step is crucial for achieving light and airy rolls.
3. Prepare the Filling While the dough is rising, prepare the filling. In a small bowl, mix together the softened unsalted butter, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon until well combined. Set aside until ready to use.
4. Roll Out the Dough Once the dough has doubled in size, transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle, approximately 1/4 inch thick. Using a pastry brush or offset spatula, spread the prepared filling evenly over the surface of the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the filling, ensuring every bite is packed with indulgent chocolatey goodness.
5. Roll and Slice Starting from one of the long edges, tightly roll the dough into a log. Using a sharp knife or a piece of unflavored dental floss, cut the log into 12 equal-sized slices. Arrange the slices in a greased baking dish, leaving a little space between each roll to allow for rising.
6. Let the Rolls Rise Again Cover the baking dish with a clean kitchen towel and let the rolls rise for an additional 30 minutes. During this time, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) to ensure it’s ready for baking.
7. Bake to Perfection Once the rolls have doubled in size and are touching each other, place them in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown and the aroma fills your kitchen. Remove from the oven and allow the rolls to cool slightly while you prepare the glaze.
8. Drizzle with Glaze In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the warm cinnamon chocolate rolls, allowing it to cascade down the sides enticingly.
9. Serve and Enjoy These cinnamon chocolate rolls are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, while the chocolate is still gooey and the glaze is beautifully glossy. Serve them alongside a steaming cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk for the ultimate indulgence.