You have to be attentive, look close, listen carefully. But then you will recognize them: The first signs of spring. They’re easily overlooked, but have you recognized the longer evenings, the beautiful red sunrises in the morning, the singing of the birds that get more voluminous each day, the scattered little flowers on the green? Not long anymore…
But oh, these grey-in-grey rainy and foggy days in this late winter. Winter is in his last throes, nearly unbearable. It’s the prospect of spring that whispers “Hang in there, I’m on the way!” that helps to endure those last barren days. If this isn’t enough, chocolate will do the rest! Together with orange – a dream team. Wrapped into fluffly sweet bread (and optionally drowned in icing 😀 ). This way we hold out.
Orange chocolate rolls
250 g flour, ½ envelope dried yeast, 40 g sugar, pinch of salt, 100 ml milk (lukewarm), 50 g butter (room temperature), 1 egg
about 6 tablespoons orange marmalade, 50 g dark chocolate
optionally: 100 g icing sugar, 1-2 tablespoons orange juice
Prepare dough: In a medium bowl mix dry ingredients. Add milk, butter and egg and knead for about 5 minutes. Cover bowl and let proof in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
Roughly chop chocolate. On a flour dusted surface roll out dough into a retangle, about 30 x 20 cm. Spread orange marmalade and sprinkle with chocolate. From the long edge roll the dough down to the bottom edge. Cut the roll into about 8 slices, about 4-5 cm thick.
Place the rolls in a greased oven dish, cover with a towel and let proof for another 15 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 180° C. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
optionally: Prepare icing by whisking orange juice and icing sugar. Spread evenly over the rolls.