These rolls are certainly not the prettiest or daintiest of desserts, but I can guarantee that what they may lack in beauty they definitely make up for in taste. This is what I call food that is good for the soul.
That bitter richness from the chocolate, the sweet palate-cleaving bananas and a wonderfully soft dough…. Sigh. These rolls are simply heart-warming and, therefore, exactly what I want on a cold and wintery day like today.
Sure, I could just put on a cozy sweater and read a good book in front of the fire place, but that just provides superficial warmth. (and I don’t have a fire place, quel bummer!) On a day like this, I want something that warms me up and leaves me in a comforting state of happiness. Something that heats up the soul in the most profound way…
So I baked these wonderfully gigantic swirly rolls. From the moment I took one bite, I immediately felt a relaxing warmth coming over me. There is no scientific explanation for it. It just is what it is. Pure Magic.
Ps: As you may see, my chocolate banana rolls aren’t exactly identical in size. Some are enormous, others are rather petite. But that is the beauty of this bake: Rustic elegance. What more could you possibly desire?
Chocolate Banana Rolls
Ingredients (makes 16)
For the dough:
- 300ml lukewarm milk
- 25gr caster sugar
- 1 ½ tsp dried active yeast
- 500gr strong white bread flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 85gr butter
For the filling:
- 100gr chopped dark chocolate
- 3 bananas, mashed
- 150gr Nutella
- In a jug, mix together the milk, sugar and yeast. Stir well and set aside for approx. 20 minutes until the liquid becomes frothy.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour and salt. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingers until you get a crumb-like consistency.
- Make a well in the centre and pour the milk mixture into the well. Bring the mixture together to form a dough. (I used my hands for this)
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead well until soft and smooth. Place the dough back into the bowl and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place to rise for approx 45-60 minutes until the dough has doubled in size.
- Once risen, knock the dough back in the bowl and turn it out onto your surface. Roll the dough out into a rough rectangular about 1.5cm thick.
- Scatter the chopped chocolate over the dough and press down with the rolling pin to get the chocolate chips to stick. Gently spread a generous layer of Nutella over the dough, followed by the mashed banana.
- Roll the dough up lengthways and cut the dough into 16 slices.
- Line a cake tin (or two, depending on the size) with baking parchment. Place the slices in the tin, cover with cling film and allow to rise for another 20-30 minutes.
- While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 180°C. Bake the rolls in the oven for 20-25 minutes.