One of the great things about blogging are the people you meet. Some are fans who share your love of food. There are those that try your recipes and come back and let you know how it turned out. And then there are other bloggers. I’ve been fortunate to meet so many wonderful, supportive people. One of my favorite bloggy friends is Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking. She shares my love of all things sweet but especially Chocolate. Roxana had a brilliant idea to do a chocolate challenge each month. I was thirled when she asked me to participate.
This is an open challenge so if you’d like to get involved, Just pop over to the party page and let Roxana know. Also participating are Patty’s Food, Tutti Dolci, Bakeaholic Mama, Lemons and Anchovies, That Skinny Chick Can Bake and Dinners, Dishes and Desserts. We’d love to have you as part of the group next month.
Each month the party will have a different theme but always including chocolate. Since fall is in the air, Apples was a perfect choice for September. Apples are probably my favorite fruit. I know it was the only fruit I would eat as a child.
I didn’t have much time to prepare so I rack my brain and hubby’s, trying to decide what to come up with. Things like an Apple Crumb Pie with chocolate melted and drizzled were brought up (and now I’ll have to make that for the hubby soon.) I wanted something that I could make in smaller proportions. It’s been a long time since I made crepes and the last time didn’t turn out so well. This was the perfect opportunity to give it another go. I tried these with and without the chocolate sauce. I may be a bit biased when it comes to chocolate, but the chocolate sauce really adds to these crepes and of course, it makes the plate look pretty.
You can make your apples and batter ahead of time and then it just takes a few minutes to cook up the crepes when you are ready to serve.
Crepes with Caramelized Apples and chocolate sauce
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon butter, melted
dash of salt
3-4 medium tart apples (I used Granny Smith)
1 teaspoon butter-just a pat
1 tablespoon brown sugar
In a blender, combine egg, flour, milk, water, melted butter and salt. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate 30 minutes before using.
In the meantime, Core and slice apples, with or without skin, I like to leave the skin on.
In a medium frying pan, melt butter, add apples and brown sugar. Simmer on medium low heat, stirring occasionally until apples are soft. About 15 minutes. You should have developed a little sauce on the bottom of the pan.
To make crepes. This will take a little practice, I got it after my first one. Using a small saute pan, melt a little butter in pan over medium heat. Using a small ladle or large spoon, Place about 2-3 tablespoons batter in pan. Using the back of the ladle, spread the batter to cover the bottom of your pan.
You want your crepes to be thin, the thinner the better. Cook for 1-2 minutes then carefully, loosen the edges and flip over, and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Just like cooking pancakes. You’re looking for that perfect golden coloring.
Remove from pan to serving plate, place a strip of apples down the center and fold sides over. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.