Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chocolate for Breakfast

As we all know, Valentine's Day is coming.  And when I hear Valentine's Day, three words come to mind....chocolate, chocolate, Chocolate!  So, if you insist..since it is on the calendar as "Chocolate..." I mean..ahem.. "Love Day," I guess I will go ahead and make sure that I have a chocolatey recipe ready for me the one I love (hehe :-)

If you'd like to join me, this recipe is really easy and really, really, good (and not too sweet either ;-).  Here it is:

Chocolate-filled Orange Crepes (for you and the one you love!)
5 ounce box cook & serve chocolate pudding
3 cups of milk
2 cups of complete pancake and waffle mix
1 3/4 to 2 cups of water
1 orange
1 scrambled egg per person (optional)
2 strawberries to garnish
confectioner's sugar

Directions: Using a medium saucepan, follow the instructions for your cook & serve chocolate pudding.  Cook and mix until just slightly thick and then remove saucepan from heat and let set aside to cool (only to room temperature!) and thicken.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your complete pancake and waffle mix with one and three quarters cup of water.  (Now, you want this pancake batter to be thin, because we're going to be making my version of crepes so, not to thick.  But it's up to you to gauge when your mix is thin enough.  Complete pancake mixes vary).  If necessary, add water to your pancake batter until your mix appears to be thin & runny.  Zest the peel of one medium-sized orange and add to your "crepe" mixture. 

Heat a large skillet or fry pan on medium high.  Once warm, oil the bottom with a pat a unsalted butter and spread around.  Pour one fifth of your batter (should be a circle about seven inches in diameter) in the center of the pan.  Cook on one side until bubbles begin to form around the edge and the center of your crepe.  Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown.  Repeat this step for the next crepe until you have made all of your batter.  Remove crepes to a plate to cool until you are ready to fill with your chocolate filling. 

With the back of a spatula, spread generous amounts of chocolate pudding starting in the center of each crepe.  Stop filling about half and inch from the edge and then roll.  Repeat. And top each set of crepes with some dusting of the confectioner's sugar and a strawberry.  If desired, serve with a side of sausage or scrambled eggs.  Delicious!

This recipe is sure to be a treat any day but especially on Valentine's Day!


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