4 Sep 2017

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear

It’s back! Bake Off is back! And I think we’re all feeling a bit uneasy about it all, am I right?

I’m still not 100% sure on the presenters (I really miss Mel and Sue) and the mentions of calories in the show (can we not, please?). But I am slowly warming up to it all... just not the ads or Paul Hollywood. The ads will take some time getting used to, but at least it means enough time to run for another cup of tea.

Last year, I took part in the #BakeOffBakeAlong hosted by Amanda at Rhyme and Ribbons and I really really loved it, so much that I thought I’d at least give it another go this year. I’m hoping it will help me warm up again to the show that we love.

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear
Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear

Part of the reason I enjoy #BakeOffBakeAlong (and seemingly all the stress it brings), is the fact that you’re trying out things you might not usually do, you’re being pushed beyond your comfort zone... all the while baking something (hopefully) delicious.

I love technical challenges and I love mini rolls, so I thought it was only fitting to start off with this one.

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear
Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear

But let’s get one thing out of the way first, are you #TeamPeppermint or #PeppermintGate? Because I’m definitely not one to put peppermint in my mini roll (which is why I replaced it with vanilla extract in these ones).

That said, I’ve never made mini rolls before but I’ve sure never eaten one with it in... and I’ve eaten a lot of mini rolls in my time. That also said, I’m probably never making them again because that was stressful.

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear

I failed on step one and had a massive facepalm moment when I skim read instructions and did not grease the paper after I had laid it on the bottom of the tin. But the mixture was down and it was done, so that meant some of the sponge stuck to the paper and broke off.

So top tip number one would be: grease a lined tin with butter, then also for good measure, coat with a bit of cocoa to stop the sponge from sticking to the paper too much, so the finish isn't total smooth on the edges.

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear

Top tip number two would be: you don’t need a swiss roll tin to make these. I made mine using a regular old baking tin of a similar size. Even with a ridge on the edge of the tin, it didn’t mark the sponge and turned out pretty perfectly.

Top tip number three would be: use dark chocolate when they say use dark chocolate. I used all milk chocolate (because I’m lazy and didn’t want to go outside in the rain to buy some dark chocolate) and found milk chocolate didn’t drip over the mini rolls as smoothly as I’d like.

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear

I think the dark chocolate helps loosen the thick milk chocolate consistency. Next time, I’ll make that special effort to pop out to the shops to get the dark chocolate...

All in all, they didn’t turn out to be a huge disaster, just a bit more fiddly than you would think a small little roll would be. They aren’t all the same size, sorry Paul, but it’s all about learning and sometimes, who cares when they taste that good?

Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear
Chocolate Mini Rolls | Bake Off Bake Along | Hungry Little Bear

You can get the recipe for Prue’s Chocolate Mini Rolls here and if you want to get involved in the #BakeOffBakeAlong, there’s still time to! Head over to Amanda’s blog to get all the details or if you just want to check out everyone’s bakes.


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