Espresso Crepes with Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Sauce

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You’d think the intoxicating combination of crepes and ice cream drizzled with a sultry chocolate sauce would make you lose your head, but in fact, the opposite may be true. Preliminary research shows that chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, which may improve attention span, memory, and problem-solving skills. Since both the crepes and chocolate sauce can be made ahead, this is the simplest of desserts. If you make the sauce ahead, warm it just before serving. #chocolatefriendsofTenaciousM enjoy!

Espresso Crepes with Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Sauce

Ingredients

1/3 cup half-and-half
2 tablespoons honey
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
8 Espresso Crepes

Ingredients for Crepes
1 cup all-purpose flour (about 4 1/2 ounces)
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup low-fat 1% milk $
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons butter, melted
2 large eggs
2 cups low-fat coffee ice cream

Preparation for Crepes
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, espresso powder, and salt in a small bowl. Combine milk, water, melted butter, and eggs in a blender. Add the flour mixture to milk mixture, and process until smooth. Cover batter; chill for 1 hour.

Heat an 8-inch nonstick crepe pan or skillet over medium heat. Pour a scant 1/4 cup batter into pan; quickly tilt pan in all directions so batter covers pan with a thin film. Cook about 1 minute. Carefully lift the edge of the crepe with a spatula to test for doneness. The crepe is ready to turn when it can be shaken loose from the pan and the underside is lightly browned. Turn crepe over, and cook for 30 seconds or until center is set.

Place crepe on a towel; cool completely. Repeat procedure with the remaining batter, stirring batter between crepes. Stack crepes between single layers of wax paper to prevent sticking.

Final Preparation

Combine half-and-half and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Remove from heat. Add chocolate; stir until smooth.

Fold each crepe in half; fold in half again. Place 1 crepe on each of 8 plates. Top each serving with 1/4 cup coffee ice cream; drizzle with 4 teaspoons sauce.

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