This time last year I saw a Nutella breakfast bread on Pinterest that got my mouth watering. I don't mind Nutella, but when I started thinking about making this, I thought 'how delicious would this be if I used dark chocolate instead'? Then it would be more like pain au chocolat, right? Right. It was a good decision.
12 Rhoades frozen dinner rolls
5 oz. (1/2 a bag) of dark chocolate chips (I recommend the Ghiradelli 60% cacao chips)
1 (2.25 oz.) bag of chopped pecans
2 Tbsp. melted butter
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
Flour for dusting
First off, this is an overnight recipe. Plan ahead. Assuming you'll be making this for breakfast, spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place the 12 frozen rolls inside. Cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel and let sit out overnight.
Once you've gotten your beauty rest, remove the cover from the dinner rolls and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. The dough should be really puffy and sticking together. Sprinkle some flour on a flat working surface and dump the clump of dough out. Roll out with a rolling pin to make a rectangle (roughly 9"x13").
In a small bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar together to form a paste. Spread the paste on the rolled out dough and sprinkle with the chocolate chips and pecans. Cut the dough in half lengthwise with a pizza cutter to create two sections. Starting on the long edge of the dough, begin rolling towards the center to form a tight log. Do this for both pieces of dough and then life the logs onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Twist the dough logs around each other and tuck the ends in. I made mine into an "S" shape. Cut slits in the dough to expose some of the filling. I like it when bits ooze out while it bakes. Cover, and let rest of an hour. The dough should puff back up slightly. Whisk together the egg and a little water and brush the dough with the mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Hi, I'm Michelle and based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I love all things cooking and baking and would love to inspire you to create something of your own!