Delicious Chocolate Scrolls

When my grandmother started jotting down recipes more than 60 years ago, she couldn't have imagined her humble journal would be passed down through the generations. Little did she know how much time we would spend poring over her handwritten pages to recreate her tasty treats. As Christmas approaches, I wanted to share a family favourite from her recipe journal: Delicious Chocolate Scrolls. Thanks to my mum and my little girl, Emily, for bringing this recipe to life.

30g fresh yeast or 3 teaspoons dry yeast
2 egg yolks
600g plain flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
400ml full cream milk
40g unsalted butter

4 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 tablespoons sugar


Step 1

Mix yeast with 100ml lukewarm milk and 1 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle with half a tablespoon of flour and leave for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Mix flour, salt and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Add the yeast mixture, egg yolks and rest of the milk. Knead and add extra milk or flour as needed.

Step 3

Add melted butter to the dough and knead. Cover and let it rise for an hour in a warm spot.

Step 4

Once the dough has risen, roll it into a rectangle shape.

Step 5

Spread a generous amount of sugar and cocoa over the top - you can add more than the specified 4 tablespoons if you like. Little people will love helping out with this step :)

Step 6

Roll the dough up and cut into 2cm slices. Place them onto a baking dish lined with baking paper and finish off with a brush of milk and melted butter (combined in a cup).

Step 7

Cover and let it rise for another 10 minutes. Set the oven to 170 degrees celsius and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. 

Step 8

There is nothing left but to enjoy this delicious treat while still warm from the oven! Serve it with a large glass of milk for a hearty snack guaranteed to satisfy the whole family at any time of the day.

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