Friday, August 14, 2015
Chocolate Rolls, The Pride of Searcy County Arkansas.
Haven't heard of this one? You'll want to stick around for this.
The chocolate roll has been made by families around Searcy County for decades. I can attest to this. My brother's grandmother, Shirley Diemer, made these crumbly concoctions in her kitchen. I can remember that crusty, chocolate combination back to the age of ten. Shirley, as the rest of the Diemer clan, was from the Leslie community.
Searcy County proceeded to go about the celebration of this native foodstuff, but the word has not spread far. Ask someone outside of north central Arkansas about the dish, and you may get a confused look. No worries, I know where to get them.
The festival is in March, but for now, get yourself by Misty's and try one. Here's a recipe, if you want to try to make one yourself...
Searcy County Chocolate Roll
1 c. flour
1/2 c. vegetable shortening
1/4 c. cold water
dash of salt
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/3 c. butter or margarine
1/3 c. sugar
Incorporate all pastry ingredients into a pie crust-like dough. Roll out. Cream together cocoa powder, sugar and butter and spread on surface of pie crust. Roll from one end, tucking in sides like you would a burrito. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden and molten. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.