Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls – We Should Cocoa #27

When I first got my hands on Green & Black’s second chocolate book Ultimate, there was one recipe in particular that leapt out of the page at me. It called to me, oh so seductively and it came to the inevitable point that I could resist no longer. When Nazima of Franglais Kitchen, who is hosting this month’s We Should Cocoa, decided bread was to be this month’s theme, I was reminded that I had never actually got around to posting about Arianna’s amazing chocolate cinnamon rolls.

Arianna was taught to make these rolls by her Norwegian mother. She is a pastry chef now baking cakes at her own bakery in London: Bittersweet Bakers. I’m sure my rolls look paltry in comparison, but my goodness, they were good to eat.

The more things I try and juggle, the more my poor brain loses capacity and I can no longer remember if I followed this recipe exactly or not. Suffice it to say that there was a lot of sugar, cinnamon and 70% chocolate involved. Unusually, fragrant vanilla seeds were scraped into the yeasted dough which itself was enriched with egg, butter and milk. In addition to the sugary cinnamon and chocolate filling, the rolls were also cooked in a decadent cinnamon sauce. I made 20 rolls rather than the 16 specified and they were plenty big enough. I don’t feel comfortable just copying the recipe when I am unable to put my own spin on things, so you will have to go directly to the book. I’ve checked the G&B website for an online recipe, but had no success in finding one. You should be able to borrow a copy of the book from your local library if you don’t have one of your own. I do try and write up what I have done soon after doing it to avoid memory loss, but sometimes I don’t quite manage it. What I do remember, however, is just how good those rolls tasted.

These would make for a very special breakfast and would also be suitable for Breakfast Club, the theme of which is chocolate this month.

I’m submitting this to Bookmarked Recipes with Jac of Tinned Tomatoes as it had been bookmarked for quite a long time before I ever got around to making it.

I’m also entering this into Calendar Cakes as the theme is Bread, Rolls and Buns this month. CC is hosted alternately by Laura Loves Cakes and Dolly Bakes.


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    16th November 2012

    I love your recipes for the specific reason that you always put your own spin on a recipe which is something i love to do myself. I am dying to make cinnamon rolls and your version with the added chocolate has made me realise I must get baking them. Your dough looks amazingly light and fluffy. Just perfect!

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      18th November 2012

      Thank you Laura, you always say the nicest things. The dark chocolate 150g of it was chopped small and scattered over the dough before rolling.

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    belleau kitchen
    16th November 2012

    they look wonderfully light and fluffy… and I love all the crunchy sugar on top… gorgeous… i’ve just made a braided chocolate loaf and it was a bit of a disaster… still cooling down so not entirely sure what its going to be like…

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      18th November 2012

      Dom thank you, they were rather good. You’ve made a braided loaf as well as your swirl loaf? I call that enthusiastic 😉

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    16th November 2012

    LOVE cinnamon rolls and have tried a chocolate version before so that was one of the things I first thought of for WSC this month, but not sure they would look as good as yours!

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      18th November 2012

      Oh but aren’t they fantastic Nat? I bet yours looked every bit as good as mine. Next time I was thinking I might try a cardamom version.

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    Susie @ Fold in the Flour
    16th November 2012

    Mmm, yummy! That particular recipe has been on my ‘to bake’ list for a while – I think I’ll have to try it soon as these look great! 🙂

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      18th November 2012

      It was on my list for an awfully long time Susie – get on and make it, I doubt you’ll regret.

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    16th November 2012

    They look great – I made sticky buns recently and realised just how good they were. Delicious for breakfast! I’ve just posted my WSC and it’s suitable for Breakfast Club too – I’m loving the excuse for eating chocolate for breakfast – it’s the perfect way to start the day 🙂

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      18th November 2012

      Glad you approve Caroline. Those Scandinavians are really on to something with their sticky buns 😉

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    17th November 2012

    Wow! They look amazing. I really miss cinnamon rolls and the little bit of chocolate sounds delicious.

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    17th November 2012

    Ooh yum, I love cinnamon rolls. Now the weather’s a bit colder it’s definitely time to start some hearty breakfast baking!

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    18th November 2012

    How fantastic do they look – superb and a great addition to the WSC challenge too. I am really struggling to come up with an idea for this month … wish I had thought of these now lol

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    Recipe Junkie
    18th November 2012

    mmm how delicious. I have a fondness for Nigella’s cinammon buns – chocolate could only improve them. I see some experimenting coming on

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    19th November 2012

    Oh my goodness, those look very delicious. I would like one, or maybe two right now with my cup of tea.

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    Johanna GGG
    20th November 2012

    Chocolate and cinnamon sauce in a scrolls sounds scrummy. I am really sad that I am too busy to do some chocolate bread for WSC – just a bit crazy in trying to get life organised for our holiday but I have so many chocolate bread recipes I would love to try – this will be added to the chocolate bread stable 🙂

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    Laura Loves Cakes
    21st November 2012

    YUUUUUUUUUUUUM! These look fab…chocolate must be the ultimate addition to a Cinnamon Roll…and I can only imagine how good these would taste warm!! Thanks for entering Calendar Cakes 🙂

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    Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce
    23rd November 2012

    Absolutely love cinnamon rolls, they remind of America which makes me happy 🙂 bet they are even better with chocolate too. I’ve only ever seen chocolate ones without the cinnamon! Yum yum.

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    4th December 2012

    A really lovely recipe – I have the G and B cookbook so need to dig it out!
    thanks for letting me host WSC last month – I am going to finally do roundup tonight!

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