A busy busy weekend begs for a treat - Chocolate rolls for pure indulgence
You know when a weekend comes by and you already are aware there'll be absolutely no free time at all to pursue ventures that might be to your liking? Well, I knew this past weekend was going to be one of those. End of the month always means we need to go and get the bulk shopping done. Saturdays are usually spent running from one place to the other so we can get all the fish and meat for the whole month - we freeze so we prefer buying fresh and buying whole - the frozen veggies, the packs of rice and pasta and the beans, the flours, the toiletries, you name it. Then we can go from week to week buying only fresh fruit, fresh veggies and so on.
So I knew Saturday was going to be one of those days where we would be out all day long. Sunday meant domestic chores, like changing bedsheets, the vacuuming, the cleaning, the washing, the putting away, bread making, soup making, the part of cooking that will be frozen and ready for us to eat during the week. Some people ask me why I don't do certain things on weekdays, seeing that I don't work and spend all day cooped up in the house. I never explain that yes, actually Ido work, I only don't make any money out of that work, but I do work and my weekdays are filled with said work, whichever I can squeeze in between school runs and exercising and getting lunch and dinner ready. The rest of the time I have, on weekdays, is for working, either here on this blog or on my books. But because I know already that if I don't make money out of it, it's not seen as work, I don't even say a word about it.
Also, this was the weekend before my kiddo starts his school break, and I wanted to tackle how we're gonna face those dreaded days - yes, he gets bored easily even when I suggest fun stuff. He likes to say he's bored, all the time, and we have huge rows about it, because when I was his age, I don't remember ever feeling bored, I could entertain myself alone for hours, with toys or books. I did read a lot when I was his age, but sadly my boy is a little lazy where it comes to reading. I mean, once he's got a book open, he will read for a long time if left alone, the problem is convincing him of getting a book and sitting down to read. He always says he doesn't want to. I find that horrid and shocking. How can you say you don't want to read a book? Are you nuts or something?
Speaking of nuts, I have been dying to share these here. Chocolate rolls, that are to die for. If you like cinnamon rolls, you'll love these. And they kept my son busy and entertained a whole morning while we were baking them. Here's how to:
For the dough:
- 150 ml milk
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 3 strands of saffron
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 20 gr fresh yeast
- 1 cup of strong bread flour (T55)
- 1/2 cup whole grain spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp yellow sugar
For it you'll need:
- 100gr dark chocolate
- dash of milk
- tiny knob of butter
- 1/2 of nuts, chopped (I used hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds)
- vanilla sugar
- vanilla extract.