My sister and I grew up mostly with just mom. Dad was away for a good ten years in our formative years working for his country as an army officer. It was a choice my mother made. To either concentrate on our education or be moving from place to place every two years. Places that were remote and where schools were hardly great. It was her choice to sacrifice ten years. If not for that sacrifice I would not be where I am today.
And while she was making this sacrifice, she was also being strong and being a role model to two small girls. In India, a woman staying alone was very far from the norm but she, my mom, has always been the one to question the norm. Its from her I get that quest for finding answers to difficult questions and my desire to against the stream. To always strive for equality in a world run by men.
This woman, my mother was and remains one of my best friends. Someone I can say anything to and who knows every tiny detail that I go through. Sometimes she is mad at me but mostly she is a rock for me. Always, always trying to see things my way and always calling me out when she thinks I am dead wrong. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Thank you mom for loving the extremely flawed me and thank you for beating me into shape when I need to be.
Now for as long as I can remember mom has loved strawberry ice cream. Back in the day, there were only the basic flavors available to us so I can understand that she went for the pink one! But even today she still asks for strawberry ice cream. Now you’re probably wondering where the heck is the ice cream in this post. Well! there is no ice cream in this post. Because I am assuming mom just perhaps likes strawberries! Why not introduce her to them in another way? 🙂
These rolls are so easy to make and how could you go wrong with chocolate and strawberries, right? You can’t and these didn’t!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers I know. <3
- 50 grams + 50 grams butter, room temperature
- 200 ml milk
- 500 grams flour
- 70 grams + 70 grams sugar
- pinch of salt
- 14 grams dry yeast
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds, roasted and ground
- 300 grams strawberries, cut into small blocks
- 150 grams dark chocolate cut into small rough pieces
- 30 ml sour cream
- 100 grams powder sugar
- Preheat oven to 225°C/435°F.
- Melt 50 grams butter on low heat and mix in the milk. Pour in the yeast and mix well. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix in the flour and 70 grams sugar and salt.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour mix and add the egg and the yeast-milk mix. With the dough mix attachment, mix till the dough comes together. I did this by hand, because it is so much more satisfying!
- Bring the dough to form a ball and keep covered in the bowl for 45 minutes till it has doubled in size.
- While the dough rises, prepare the strawberries and chocolate and set aside.
- Knead the dough once more on a lightly floured surface and roll out to around a 12x20 inch size.
- Brush the melted 50 grams of butter, evenly on the surface of the rolled out dough. Next add the strawberries and chocolate also equally on the surface. Sprinkle the fennel seed powder last on top.
- Roll up the dough carefully from the longer side all the way.
- Cut into 1,5-2 inch wide rolls.
- Place the rolls tightly alongside each other in a brownie pan that has been lightly buttered.
- Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes or till lightly browned. I like mine darker so I baked them for 20 minutes.
- Whisk together the sour cream with the powdered sugar and pour over the rolls!