I love chocolate cream pie as it’s one of my favorite pies to eat, especially during the summertime. The creaminess of this silky smooth chocolate pie inspired me to take it in another direction. The Chocolate Cream Breakfast Roll was created.
This delicious breakfast roll can be enjoyed really at all times of the day. There are three simple components to these yummy rolls.
- Enriched Breakfast Dough
- Chocolate Pastry Cream
- Chocolate Chips
That’s it! Seems pretty simple doesn’t it? Because it is. These are made very similarly to cinnamon rolls with the substitution of pastry cream for the sugar cinnamon filling.
Initially, when I started to play around with this, I wasn’t sure how the pastry cream would do when baked. I had some leftover pastry cream from making Mini Brooklyn Blackout Shooters and wanted to experiment to see how they would come out in a rolled dough.
The dough is enriched with butter and is not very sweet with a limited amount of sugar in the recipe. Recipe inspiration comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, “The Art and Soul of Baking” from Sur La Table. Great baking book! I’m partial to Sur La Table as I use to work there.
Super simple this dough is to make and so easy to work with. Also, it rises beautifully and takes the filling really well. I interchanged the dough with AP and bread flour. Really, any one of these flours alone would make an equally great dough.
The filling as mentioned, is a really easy pastry cream. You can get the recipe here. Its a mixture of milk, cream, sugar, egg yolks, and chocolate. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? It’s super delicious and creamy.
So if you are an avid chocolate lover like myself, I took it one more step further and added some chocolate chips (dark chocolate) on top of the chocolate filling. Yum!! I used regular size chips, but the mini chips would be perfect here.
After coming out of the oven, I could NOT wait to try one. For fun, I add a little chocolate drizzle over the top and a touch of a powdered sugar glaze to finish these chocolate rolls. They were fantastic! I wanted to eat another one right on the spot.
A great tip: Once these are cooled. You can freeze on a sheet pan, then place the frozen rolls in a Ziploc bag and place in the freezer. When your craving hits, just take one out, and microwave for 30 seconds! They taste just like you made them fresh out of the oven.
I hope you enjoy these as much as my family has. They go wonderfully with a cup of your favorite joe.