How to Survive Cold Weather: Eat Chocolate Banana Rolls

Published January 29, 2014 by The Feminist

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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.

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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…

Something Edible.

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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?

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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

Method:

  1. In a jug, mix together the milk, sugar and yeast. Stir well and set aside for approx. 20 minutes until the liquid becomes frothy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Roll the dough up lengthways and cut the dough into 16 slices.
  8. 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.
  9. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 180°C. Bake the rolls in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
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