Today’s post is done with a heavy heart. Recently, on September 14, 2012, the food blogging world, and especially The Secret Recipe Club unexpectedly lost one of our bloggers. Daniel from The Haggis and the Herring passed away suddenly. He left behind a wonderful wife who is pregnant with their third child and two young boys. His wife, Meredith, wrote a heartfelt eulogy about him which you can read at the above link to his blog.
I didn’t really know Daniel very well, but through a couple of food blog forums and The Secret Recipe Club, I was certainly acquainted with his blog and his expertise in many things concerning computers, blogs, html, etc. He even emailed me about a week before he passed with a simple question about the German Chocolate Chip Cookies I posted. While I keep thinking about him and the loss his passing must be to his family, I believe he left quite a legacy, especially concerning food. His blog will always be a way for his family (and everyone else, like a simple virtual acquaintance like me) to connect with him and his love of food. Thank you for sharing so much, Daniel, and as well, his wife Meredith, as I know they cooked, baked and blogged together. She mentioned that Daniel’s last act was making dinner for his family before he passed. My deepest sympathies go out to all his family and friends. He will truly be missed at The Secret Recipe Club!
A big group of Secret Recipe bloggers decided to make a recipe from his blog as a special tribute to him and all post together. I spent quite a long time looking through his blog for just the right recipe to make. When I ran across Daniel’s post for his Mama's Bollos con Chocolate (Orange Rolls with Chocolate, I decided they were what I had to make when he said his grandmother made them and they were always his favorite dessert. He wrote in his post, which was almost a year ago, how he struggled to get the recipe from different family members, and then his aunt discovered it written down by his grandmother in Spanish. After having it translated, he and his wife made the rolls and he was happy with them being just like he remembered his grandmother used to make.
The recipe Daniel shares is huge—with eight eggs, lots of milk, orange juice, sugar and 11 cups of flour—oh, and at least a pound of chocolate! While that would be fun to make sometime for a big crowd, I knew we didn’t need that many here. I ended up quartering the recipe. I loved these rolls. They didn’t “need” the chocolate hiding in the center, but it was certainly good! I actually think the dough is great for “plain” orange rolls or I’m also thinking about a rolled roll like cinnamon rolls. The dough was sticky yet simple to work with.
Please get the recipe for these rolls from the link above. The halving and quartering of the recipe were quite simple. If you do decide to make a smaller batch and have any questions, feel free to ask me. I did end up using about a half of cup extra flour in the quartered recipe, but that is the only difference to Daniel’s posted recipe. I used Lindt 70% Excellence chocolate in the center of the rolls.
Brushed with an egg wash, they were ready for the oven after letting them rise for about 30 minutes.
Once the rolls were baked and cooled, they were sprinkled with some powdered sugar. I ate a few more of the rolls than I had planned (no, not all in one sitting). ;) Thank you so much, Daniel! You will truly be missed!
Thanks to Tandy from Lavender and Lime for Daniel’s Tribute Day logo.