Baking | Nutella, Walnut & Orange Rolls … ‘Chocolat et pain … what else?’

“There’s nothing better than a good friend – except a good friend with chocolate!”
Linda Grayson

Nutella, Walnut & Orange Rolls …
Bonjour. Welcome February, the month of love. And when there’s World Nutella Day (5th Feb) just around the corner, there can be nothing better than chocolate. At the end of the day, it’s all about chocolate! I got a mail the other day from a sweet lady by the name of Amy telling me that she had added my blog to this list – 80 Great sites for those who love to bake… I was elated! So I went across to take a look, and found a huge treasure of baking resources. Found some of my favourites, and there were still many more I hadn’t discovered. That took care of the rest of the evening… I explored voraciously.
I stopped by this lovely blog called The Baking Pan…and chanced by breads. At the same time I was tweeting with Jamie who yelled out that she was hosting the months Monthly Mingle…and I said ‘What’s your call for MM Jamie ? She said ‘Chocolate and bread…what else? Just like Jamie, the first two foodie loves of her life, chocolate and bread!
Visit her blog Lifes A Feast and you will see the yeastly love spilling out from a blog smothered in delicious chocolate! This lovely bread baking chic has mastered every yeastly devil in breads, and her head is full of breaded tips! I was discussing my rolls with her, and she said I‘ve heard cutting these with dental floss gives them a great neat edge“. How cool is that!! Great tip and one I shall definitely use in future.
Should have guessed that it would be something chocolate et pain!! I went into the sweet breads section of Baking Pan and found these rolls. Something I’ve always dreamt of making but never quite gotten there. I am actually a bit challenged when it comes to following roll instructions. The trouble begins when I have to begin rolling from the long length? Which way should I go?? Along the long length, or across it? Once again it was the same dilemma and I couldn’t figure out which way to roll, so just followed my common sense…If I rolled the dough thin then I would get many smaller rolls…
Which is what I did and got plenty of little rolls. Really should have read the recipe to the very end  to see that they needed only 12 in the end. Oh well…I got lots of smaller ones, but they rose beautifully and fitted the tin right through. At this time there was a power outage, so I wrapped the tin in clingwrap and allowed it to rest in the fridge overnight. I popped it into a preheated oven the next morning, and they were as good as gold!
The original recipe had no chocolate, hence it was time to adapt. I used a slathering of Nutella to get eligible for the Mingle, and loads of orange zest because it’s orange season here these days. The bazaars are bursting with oranges, and well, chocolate and orange make for a fine marriage. Because three’s company, I had to use walnuts too. I love the added texture that nuts lend to yeasted breads. NICE!!

This delicious sweet bread is off for the Monthly Mingle to Lifes A Feast, a monthly event which is brain child of fabulous Meeta @ What’s For Lunch Honey. Jamie says, ‘So join us, won’t you, and bring along something from your kitchen, create something homey, something elegant or something exotic’. There you go Jamie, chocolat et pain, pour vous!

Nutella Orange Walnut Rolls
Adapted from Baking Pan
¾ cup warm orange juice (110 to 115 degrees)
2 tbsps fresh yeast (or 1 package active dry yeast)
1/3 cup granulated orange sugar
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
3 to 3½ cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
1 vanilla bean, scraped (optional)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated orange sugar
1/2 chopped walnuts
1/2 cup Nutella
Orange Icing: 
1/2 cup confectioners (powdered) sugar (original recipe has 1 cup)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice

Tip: Use a citrus zester and citrus juicer for fresh zest and freshly squeezed juice.


In a large mixing bowl, combine warm orange juice and yeast; stir and let sit until yeast is dissolved, about 10 minutes.
Add sugar, egg, melted butter, salt, and orange zest; beat until mixture is smooth. Add 2 cups flour and 1/4 chup finely chopped walnuts; stir until well mixed. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board; knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes, adding additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time if dough is too sticky.
Place dough in a well greased bowl; turn dough over once to grease the top. Cover bowl with a small kitchen towel and let dough rise is a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
Prepare one 13x9x2 inch oblong pan; lightly grease the pan with shortening (I lined it with wax paper too).
Punch dough down then turn onto a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board; knead dough briefly, 4 to 5 times. Roll the dough into an 18 inch by 9 inch rectangle
Using an offset spatual or flat knife, gently but firmly spread Nutella all over leaving a 1/2 inch border. Using a pastry brush, brush the top of the Nutella with melted butter.
In a small bowl, stir together sugar and walnuts. Sprinkle sugar walnut mixture evenly over buttered dough to within ½ inch of the edges. Roll-up dough jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch the seams together to seal. Slice dough into 1½ inch pieces and place about ½ inch apart in baking pan.
Cover and let rolls rise is a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 190C.
Bake rolls 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove rolls from oven. Place pan on a wire cooling rack to cool.

Orange Icing:

In a small bowl, combine confectioners sugar, butter, vanilla, orange zest, and enough orange juice to make a good spreading consistency. Spread icing onto still warm rolls.
Should make 12 rolls

Note: I made them upto the second rise, cut them, put them into the tin, and clingwrapped the whole baking tin and left it in the fridge overnight. Baked straight from the fridge into the oven the next morning.
♥ Thank you for stopping by ♥
This bread is off to  Susan @ Wild Yeast for Yeastspotting!

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • The Cooking Ninja
    6 years ago

    Yes the wonderful and useful dental floss. I used it to cut my Choc-Hazelnut Scrolls. It's better than a knife. :)

    Love your rolls. Had the same idea last month to do it but you beat me to it. LOL!

  • Jamie
    6 years ago

    GORGEOUS and you are so right when you say that these are right up my alley! I love them! Love swirl buns and the chocolate-orange-walnut combo is just heavenly! Thanks so much, my darling friend, for baking these for my Monthly Mingle! And congrats on being on that list! You are one amazing baker!

  • Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    6 years ago

    COngrats on making that list!!! I love the look of these and in fact could gobble one up right now!

  • Happy Cook
    6 years ago

    Congragulations and I am so so going to check ut that link too.
    I love nutelly i can eat thems traght from the pot, ther are times when my daughter stop me doing that , can you imagine that is how much i am addicted to nutella.
    Delicous swrills wish i had them every morning.

  • Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    6 years ago

    Mmm these look beautiful and I would gobble them all up for breakfast for chocolate and orange is one of my favourite combinations. Fabulous to combine the bread and chocolate mingle with Nutella Day! I am still dreaming up my nutella recipe….

  • Rosa's Yummy Yums
    6 years ago

    OMG, that is one perfect combination! Those rolls are to die for!



  • ABowlOfMush
    6 years ago

    Wow, these look fantastic!!

  • Kitchen Monki Dan
    6 years ago

    Nutella is one of those things that brings me back to my youth… it was always a treat to see it in the cupboard and then gone in a matter of days :)

  • Tangled Noodle
    6 years ago

    Orange and chocolates make the world so much brighter! I love how they look in the pan – like curlicues. [Sighs of happiness]

  • Nina
    6 years ago

    Fantastic ones Deeba…i wud die for them…great combo.Congratulations too:)

  • Manggy
    6 years ago

    Annoying power outages! Nice that you still managed to make a great panful of rolls after that!

  • Jennifer
    6 years ago

    Oh my goodness nutella and orance!!! yum!!

  • Arlette
    6 years ago

    What a wonderful combination.
    I am going to make a batch right now.. have all the ingredients on hand.. have been thinking about some rolls and what is best than chocolate and oranges.
    thanks very much for these lovely yummy chocolaty treats.

  • Peter M
    6 years ago

    I love this play on Cinnamon Rolls, DEE-buh!

    Nutella anything is good in my books….even smeared on snails. 😉

  • OnceUponAChef
    6 years ago

    Can't go wrong with Nutella! Beautiful photos :)

  • colocation services
    6 years ago

    delicious pics hope they taste same way as they looks

  • Mimi
    6 years ago

    Congrats on making the baking list.
    Your rolls look delicious, great combination of nutella and orange.
    btw dental floss or nylon fishing line works great for slicing cheesecake too.

  • Bellini Valli
    6 years ago

    Happy Nutella Day!!!!!!!!

  • ap269
    6 years ago

    I am soooooo going to make this for my daughter's birthday! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  • meeso
    6 years ago

    Omgosh you make me wish I enjoyed baking! You always make the most delicious goodies! Chocolate and orange are such a surprisingly delicious flavor combo, YUM!

  • Natashya KitchenPuppies
    6 years ago

    What a delicious alternative to the traditional cinnamon rolls!

  • Barbara Bakes
    6 years ago

    I've been thinking up something yummy to bake for Nutella Day too. The troops would gobble these up in no time! Great idea!

  • Ranjani
    6 years ago

    There a nutella day? clearly I've been hiding under a rock because I've never heard of it. My favorite thing to do with nutella is to stick a spoon into the jar and have a go at it, but those orange rolls look divine!!

  • Nutrimill Grain
    6 years ago

    Wow, these look so daunting to make, but it seems like you've left some fantastic instructions… I'll have to give them a try this weekend and see!

  • foodie ffanatic
    6 years ago

    Oooooh! I've been impatiently waiting for you to post this recipe ever since I saw the rolls on your header. Would you believe that I've never tried Nutella? I actually had a jar in my hand at the grocery store last trip, but decided I shouldn't get it. This is just too delectable a recipe to pass it by. I've run out of words to describe your photographs, Deeba. May I just say delicious? Cannot wait to make these! *hugs* Dani

  • Curry Leaf
    6 years ago

    EXCELLENT.I love these.Seriously Deeba,do tell me,if you are adopting or atleast when your neighbours are selling? I can't wait to taste these and being your neighbour or family is the only option.

    6 years ago

    I'm so intimidated with all this baking! Maybe you can just ship them to NY? 😉

    Your photos are lovely as ALWAYS!

  • Marysol
    6 years ago

    The realization of a dislocated nose if I tried to dive into these rolls right now is the only negative thing about them!

  • noble pig
    6 years ago

    Nutella and orange…now that sounds good!!

  • Mowie @ Mowielicious
    6 years ago

    Oh Deeba darling! That looks amazing – can you send some over to me please? Congratulations on making the list! I remember seeing you on there and I thought 'YAY!'. Also, I had no idea about World Nutella Day – fantastic!

  • Nicisme
    6 years ago

    Oh yay for you! I'm headed for a second breakfast now, just need a few of these to keep me company!

  • Barbara
    6 years ago

    Great post! Thanks for sending me over to the list of 80 baking sites. I'll spend a lot of time there.
    Your cinnamon rolls look divine. Love all the orange flavors and of course, Nutella!

  • diva
    6 years ago

    yay to world Nutella day although i feel like a traitor as I have none around and actually bought lemon curd recently at the shops OVER nutella. student budget. Am i forgiven? These rolls are beautiful. I haven't had a roll for ages. How i wish i could get my hands on these. x

  • Gabriella
    6 years ago

    Dear Passionateaboutbaking, the orange roll with nutella looks incredible. Nutella brings back memories of growing up in Europe and anything that has nutella is good! "Wild Thing", you make my heart sing! Loved and saved this recipe. I shall revisit you soon. Thank you for sharing.
    Cheers, Gaby
    You can always visit me at

  • Sari
    6 years ago

    Yummy! Those look delicious! I love the combination of flavours! I still haven't figured out a recipe for Jamie's Monthly mingle :( I have to hurry!

  • Jeanne @ Cooksister!
    6 years ago

    Oh wow! Chocolate an orange is such a classic combo, but these take it to a whole new level. The first photo of the Nutella had me weak at the knees…

    5 years ago

    fabuleus, i love it

  • Dorian Nesbitt
    4 years ago

    Wonderful site! Plenty of helpful information here. I was looking for this.Thanks for sharing!

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