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German recipes: My Oma’s chocolate roulade

My Oma's chocolate roulade. Swirls of chocolate inside a sweet bread.My Oma always made this chocolate roulade, when she made Bretzeln.  Both have a very similar dough, and so she would set aside an afternoon for baking – make one sweet dough and one savoury.  I’m very fortunate to have spent a few of these afternoons, learning, before she passed.

This is like a chocolate bread log – best way to describe it.  It tastes amazing fresh out of the oven, but you can eat this cold for a several days afterwards, similar to a bread loaf.  Goes great with a cup of coffee or tea.


For the dough:

  • 250 gr plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 50 gr butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 7 gr (one sachet) fast action yeast
  • about 125 ml lukewarm milk

For the filling:

  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • approx 25 gr butter, melted
  • extra milk, sugar and almond slithers to decorate


The filling of a chocolate roulade.  sprinkling of sugar, cocoa and dollops of butterIn a small bowl, mix the yeast with a few tablespoons of lukewarm water.

In a large bowl, sift the flour.  Add the sugar, melted butter and yeast mix.

Slowly add the milk and knead into a dough.  As my Oma instructed me, knead the dough until your hands are clean.  (about 3-5 minutes).

Cover the bowl with a clean tea-towel and allow the dough to double in size in a warm place (takes about an hour).

Preheat your oven to 180 C / 350 F.  Grease a baking tray.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out into a large oval shape.  Sprinkle over the dough the sugar, then the cocoa, then drop over the dough A chocolate roulade uncooked.  On a baking tray.small dollops of the butter.

Fold one edge over by 5cm (or 2 inches) and continue folding loosely.  You don’t want the roll to be too tight, as the dough will rise and it will crack.

Place on a greased tray and make sure that the crease is on the bottom.

Paint the roll with a little milk and top with a little sugar and silvered almonds.

Bake the chocolate roulade in the pre-heated oven for about 15-20 minutes.  You want the chocolate roulade to have a golden to dark brown colour.  Enjoy.

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