You can taste Christmas every day with these rolls like Gingermen in a brioche shape: molasses rolls and orange-chocolate filling.
For the yeast mixture:
In a little bowl, heat your milk on medium in the micro-wave until lukewarm;
Add the yeast, the sugar, and cover with a damp towel for 12 minutes or so.
Meanwhile, mix the flour and sugar in the bowl of your stand-mixer or in a large bowl if you mix all by hand. Make 3 wells: one for the salt, one for the egg and one for the yeast mixture when it's ready.
Attach the hook attachment to your stand-mixer and begin by mixing on low-speed. When everything starts to ressemble crumbs,speed up to medium speed and add the molasses.
Then add the softened butter, one piece at a time.
While the stand-mixer is running,get prepared:
Preheat your oven to 120°F (50°C) and grease a large (glass if you can*) bowl with butter.
When the dough is formed and doesn't stick to the bowl anymore, place in the greased bowl. Cover with cling film and turn off the oven;Place your dough in the oven for 1 h 30 or 2 hours, until doubled in size.
Before you remove he dough from the oven, flour your working surface and a rolling pin.**
Remove the dough from the oven. Punch your dough with your hand to deflate it. With your rolling pin and occasionally your hands, shape a rectangle with the dough. Make sure you don't press to much at the ends when your work the dough.
Spread your jam or spread evenly and add chocolate chunks if desired.
Roll the dough tightly, with the long edge.
With a sharp knife, cut the dough in approximately 8-10 rolls.
Place them on a baking mat with parchment paper. Make sure they are 1/2 inch apart (1.2 cm) to allow them to rise.
Cover with cling film or a damp towel (making sure it doesn't touch the rolls.)
Place the baking mat in the oven and close the door. Let rise from 30 minutes to 1 h 30 depending on the conditions in your kitchen.
Remove from the oven and preheat at 350°F (180°C). Brush the rolls with an egg wash.
Bake your rolls for 12-15 minutes or until a deep golden brown. Enjoy!
*Using a glass bowl is better to see the rise of the dough and see when it's ready. Plus, it is more likely the dough won't stick to it.
**Keep flour handy in case you need a little more.