One of the things I miss the most from our time living in Germany was the Bakeries and the German Pastry. They always had Fresh Brotchen each day; and it was AMAZING. I don’t know how; but Germans have this special way of making bread that affects the bread’s taste and texture. You just can’t find anything like it in the US. One of my favorite Items from the German Bakeries was the ever popular Schoko Schnecke. Directly translated it means “Chocolate Snail”. But basically it is like a Chocolate filled Cinnamon roll minus the cinnamon. We often used them as Birthday cakes since my boys didn’t like cake when they were little; but they loved the schoko schnecke. I’ve tried and tried with many different recipes to get it just like the Germans did. I’ve still not discovered the exact secret, but I’ve come close with this one! So this is our version of the Schoko Schnecke. I hope you enjoy. And if you do enjoy it; feel free to share it around with your friends.
German Pastry Dough
- 1 Tablespoon Yeast-quick rise
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup warmed milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup butter (softened but not liquid)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 1/2- 4 cups flour
Creating a Schoko Schnecke German Pastry
Once you have your Dough, place on a sheet of Parchment paper. (Not necessary; it is a little tip I picked up which helps with the dough sticking to the counter; and makes for a lot easier clean up!) And Divide the Dough into 2 even portions.
Set one portion aside. Place one portion in center of the Parchment Paper and cover with a sheet of wax paper. Again this is not needed; but merely a fun tip I picked up to help keep mess minimal and to make rolling out the dough easier and less sticky.
Then Roll the dough out into a rectangle.
Now you will spread a thin layer of the chilled Ganache across the dough, leaving approx 1/3-1/2″ from the edges clear.
Roll in one “roll” of each edge to make a small “lip” to help contain the Ganache; and then proceed to roll the dough from one end until the entire dough is in a cylinder shape.
Remove from oven and let cool on a wire wrack. Then enjoy!Variation: also good is drizzling your favorite Glaze on top. We tried our Chocolate Glaze which turned out rather delicious.