Recently, my husband celebrated a special birthday. We'd made lunch and dinner plans out but I asked what he'd like for breakfast since we'd be home together and he requested financiers. I popped open a jar of chestnut cream for filling the financiers and that got me thinking about how I should use the rest of the precious jar. Then I got to thinking...the other thing my husband often requests for breakfast are cinnamon rolls...
A couple of years ago, I had a craving for cinnamon rolls and found a small batch recipe that I adapted. Since then, my family and I have been hooked and you may have seen me make versions from Nutella-hazelnut to one featuring an almond paste filling. With the holidays, I always think about chestnuts and I got to thinking that I should use some of my chestnut cream as a filling for my next batch of cinnamon rolls. So this batch of cinnamon rolls with a chestnut cream filling - and a little chocolate - was born and it was a hit at my house...though I have to say that every version of homemade cinnamon rolls has met with approval here!
It's a special morning we look forward to when there are homemade cinnamon rolls coming out of the oven for breakfast! There's nothing like enjoying them warm. The rolls themselves are super soft, tender, and squishy. The filling here is simply chestnut cream, with a modest amount (a scant ounce is enough) of finely chopped dark chocolate, and, of course, a touch of cinnamon. My family and I really enjoyed the flavor; the chestnut cream provides a wonderful nutty sweetness and the chocolate melts and turns the filling into a marvelous chestnut cream-chocolate paste, that is very enjoyable.
To make things extra sticky, sweet, and tactile, I topped the warm rolls with a simple chestnut glaze I made with a little confectioners' sugar, low-fat milk and a little more chestnut cream. Oh my...this was another great use of my chestnut cream stash.
Like all delicious things, these cinnamon rolls vanished all too quickly. We find ourselves whipping at the last bit of sticky glaze from our plates and wondering when we can have cinnamon rolls again...it's a recurring thing around here.