Nutella Cinnamon Rolls [Recipe] (Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls with Nutella Ganache)

Sorry for the awful quality of pictures in this post, but I'm in the process of moving back to university, and won't have time to make these gorgeous creations for a while - having promised the recipe a couple of weeks ago, now, I figured it was better to share my version of the recipe and hope you'd take my promise that they smell/taste/look divine as an incentive to get into your kitchen!

I'm not much of a breakfast person. I know it's the most important meal of the day, but honestly, with the amount of time it takes me to get ready in the morning, I can rarely stomach getting up any earlier than I have to, and normally end up grabbing a strong black coffee and either a cereal bar or one of my protein-packed microwave muffins on the go.
Which is why I love Sundays. Sundays have always been my 'free day', the 'day off' - the day for a slight lie-in, a late breakfast, baking or cooking a family meal. My day to relax. 

This is not a quick breakfast; it requires a little time, a little love. Unlike conventional cinnamon rolls, you don't need to let the dough rise, though - you don't have to wait too long for your gooey chocolate & cinnamon encrusted fix.
Make this breakfast on your day off; don't get caught up in the neatness of your rolls, it's part of their charm, and you don't even have to change out of your pyjamas, no one will care once the smell of these starts wafting out of your kitchen.

Nutella Cinnamon No-Rise Rolls:
Makes 8 Rolls; enough for 2-4 very hungry chocolate lovers.
Adapted from this recipe from Bakingdom.


For the Rolls:
The Filling:

Ingredients:

  • 30g melted unsalted butter 
  • 50g chocolate chips (dark work best - and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like dark chocolate!)
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 50g caster sugar
  •  2tsp cinnamon
  • A (very small!) pinch of salt
Method:
  1. Melt the butter; I zap mine in the microwave for about 10 seconds at a time (because it's such a small amount, you have to be so careful not to burn it). Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Separately, combine the dry ingredients, mixing carefully with a fork until everything's evenly distributed. 
  3. Pour the melted butter over the dry mixture, mixing it in until the mixture's sandy - this might take about 3-4 minutes with a fork, but it's so worth it to make sure it's well-mixed. Set the mixture aside.
The Dough:
Ingredients:

  • 325g flour (all-purpose, not self-raising)
  • 250ml buttermilk (I use Elmlea single cream, which I only discovered is actually 95% buttermilk about 6 months ago, whoops!) 
  • 85g melted unsalted butter
  • 40g caster sugar 
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
Method: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°, coating your cake tin with some unsalted butter - the best method is just to rub some kitchen towel over the butter and then over the sides of your tin (I use a springform tin, just FYI, so the rolls are easier to remove once they're cooked).
  2. Combine the flour, caster sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, mixing with a wooden spoon until they're all evenly distributed, then pour in your buttermilk and about a third of the butter (2tbsp), mixing again until it starts to form a loose dough. 
  3. Lightly flour the surface you're going to be kneading the dough on, and pour it out; if you feel the dough's too sticky, add a little more flour to it before kneading. The idea is to make the dough as smooth as possible - generally, I find this takes about 4-5 minutes of kneading. 
  4. Rub a rolling pin with flour, then use it to roll out a fairly large rectangle (about the size of a sheet of A5 paper) with the dough. If you don't have a rolling pin, you can do it with your fingers, as it doesn't need to be particularly even, but it'll take a little longer.
  5. Pour another third of the butter over the dough, spreading it evenly with your fingers or the back of your spoon, then pour the filling you made earlier over the top, spreading it into a fairly even layer over your dough. You want to leave a gap of about half an inch uncovered around the edges.
  6. This part can be a little tricky, so be careful! You want to start rolling the dough, from the shortest edge, into a roulade shape (think the jam roly-poly your school used to give you as dessert!) - when you get to the end, press the end of the dough firmly, so that it seals, then place the 'roll' seam-side down on your table, and slice into eight equal pieces.
  7. Place each of the eight pieces 'swirl-side-up' in your cake tin - the point is to make sure they're all touching, but you don't have to take up the whole tin, as they will spread (see my before and after, above!).
  8. Pour the remaining melted butter over the rolls, then place on the middle shelf of your oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan whilst you make the Nutella ganache. 
For the Nutella Ganache:
  • 60ml single cream (I tend to just use Elmlea again)
  • 170g of Nutella (yes, really - so worth it, though!)
  1. This parts really tricky, so play attention! Mix the Nutella with the single cream. I know, I know, it's complicated (!); pour the mixture all over the cinnamon rolls, reserving a little just in case anyone wants to use it as a dip - yum!
  2. Serve them up to your magically assembled family (and yes, mine do find their way to the table without being told to), and enjoy.
What do you do with your day off?
As always, let me know if you make these, and how you like them - tweet me pictures if you'd like, @so_divinely.  
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9 comments

  1. Too delicious! I swear I will make these when the really cold days come along :) ♥

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  2. This looks divinely delicious, have to try it out! Thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Ahhh, these look so ridiculously good. I am going to have to whip these up next Sunday with a big pot of coffee and treat the mister....although I think we both know who'll enjoy them more, haha. So glad you posted this recipe, what a treat!
    Mel xx

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Oh my gosh, mouth watering and stomach growling!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

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  5. I'm making these this weekend! Thanks for the recipe! :)

    The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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  6. I shown this recipe to my friend the other day and made her promise to make me some ! (whithout cinnamon though, i really don't like it !)

    xxx Vee

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