Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Rolls

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Rolls - Rich, moist chocolate sweet rolls loaded with chocolate chips and tart dried cherries, then topped with sweet cherry preserves, crunchy almonds and a drizzle of icing.

Rich, moist chocolate sweet rolls loaded with chocolate chips and tart dried cherries, then topped with sweet cherry preserves, crunchy almonds and a drizzle of icing.

January’s Bread Baking Babe is Jamie, Life’s a Feast, and she chose Chocolate Prune Bread from The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë François. I couldn’t resist baking along with Jamie, the Babes, and the other Bread Baking Buddies. I didn’t have prunes in the house, so I substituted dried cherries for the prunes, and instead of a loaf of bread, I decided to turn the dough in to chocolate sweet rolls.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Rolls Collage

I’ve talked before how much I love the Artisan Bread in Five recipes, so it was fun to try this sweet chocolate bread. The bread tastes like a cross between yeast bread and a chocolate quick bread, or rich brownie. You mix the dough and let it first rise on day one, then put it in the fridge and make the sweet rolls any time within the next five days. 

Even though you roll up the dough, you don’t get defined layers like you would in a cinnamon roll. It’s just a method used to distribute the cherries and shape the dough.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Rolls

My dough didn’t rise much in the bucket after mixing the dough, nor after the dough was shaped, but the rolls do get a nice oven spring.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Roll Recipe

This is more of a dessert sweet roll than a breakfast roll. I don’t eat chocolate very often for breakfast, but one of my boys did gobble up one of these rolls before school.

I on the other hand waited until lunch, and I may have had another for a snack before dinner. Right now I’m using all my willpower to skip dessert. Luckily I gave away some to the neighbors, so hopefully my boys will eat them and they’ll be gone before lunch tomorrow.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Rolls

Yield: 18 sweet rolls

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Rolls

Recipe is easily halved.

Ingredients

  • No Knead Chocolate Chocolate Chip Dough
  • 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Red Star active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 1/2 all-purpose flour (I only used 5 cups because of my dry climate)
  • 3/4 cup dark, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Sweet Rolls
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

    Mixing and storing the dough:
  1. Mix the oil, yeast, salt and sugar with the water in a 6-quart bowl or a lidded (not airtight) food container.
  2. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder and the chocolate chips without kneading, using a spoon or heavy-duty stand mixer (with paddle). If you are not using the machine, you may need to use wet hands to incorporate the last bit of flour.
  3. Cover and allow to rest at room temperature for approximately 2 hours. (My dough didn't not rise very much.)
  4. Refrigerate the container of dough overnight, and use over the next 5 days.
  5. Sweet Rolls
  6. On baking day, generously grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with non stick spray.
  7. Dust the surface of the refrigerated dough with flour and divide it in half. Dust one half with more flour and quickly shape it into a ball by stretching the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all sides, rotating the ball a quarter turn as you go. On a lightly flour surface, with floured hands pat into a 12 inch square.
  8. Sprinkle the dried cherries over the dough and roll up the dough jelly-roll style. Using dental floss or knife, cut dough into 9 pieces. Place each roll cut side up in prepared pan. Top each roll with a teaspoon or two of cherry jam and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Cover pan with plastic wrap and let rise about 1 hour.
  9. Preheat oven to 325°. Bake uncovered, 40 - 45 minutes or until the middle roll is firm to the touch.
  10. Glaze:
  11. Whisk powdered sugar and milk in small bowl until smooth. Drizzle glaze over warm sweet rolls.
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Stop by Life’s a Feast at the end of the month for a roundup of all the delicious chocolate breads the Bread Baking Buddies whipped up this month.




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  1. says

    Two of my favourite bloggers together (in a recipe sense! :)) . This looks fantastic mum. We are in cherry season at the moment and every time I go shopping, I buy a bag of them :) I should dry some for when they’re no longer in season!

  2. Carol says

    Oh MY-those look over the top decadent. Chocolate and cherry is one of my daughter Robin’s favorite combo-mine too. . Boy oh boy I can’t wait to try these-I’ll be sure to share some with her.

    Thank you Barbara!

    Carol

  3. says

    Beautiful! I love that you made yours into sweet rolls. I also am quite amazed at your perfectly rolled and cut dough, Barbara. I’m very impressed as I never, ever take the time to break out a ruler. Love the addition of the almonds, too.

  4. says

    Oh, of course I knew yours would be stunning! Wowee! I love that you made them into sweet rolls (which I definitely have to try) and love the dried cherries (have to try that too). I am so so happy you baked my challenge and with the Babes this month!