June 19, 2010

Chocolate Chip Fake Crepe

A simple dessert...

In Europe, I once had a fresh crepe served atop vanilla bean ice cream and smothered with chocolate fudge. Mmmm...

So...this recipe doesn't quite capture that taste, but it's an easy alternative that takes just a few minutes to prepare. It's tasty, too.

I used a soft whole grain tortilla, but any variety will do. Just make sure it's soft--malleable--so it can be rolled up easily and won't dry out quickly when heated.
When heating the chocolate chips, be careful not to overdo it. If they cook too long, the chocolate can actually dry out and take on a slightly burned flavor. You'll find that the chips get soft enough to spread surprisingly quickly. Use caution when rolling up the "crepe"; it will be hot, and the butter will accentuate that fact.

I think that ice cream is a must for this dessert--an excellent pairing. The drizzled chocolate syrup on top is optional (but it makes it look extra special). Alternatively, you could garnish it with some fresh berries.

*Note: The amount of chocolate chips shown in the pictures is more than the required amount--about a tablespoon is sufficient.

Chocolate Chip Fake Crepe
Estimated time: 5 minutes
Serves 1 - 2 

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 small tortilla (8" diameter)
  • 1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)

1. Coat the inside of a skillet with about 1 teaspoon of butter.
2. Turn stovetop burner to medium heat. Place tortilla in skillet. Heat for about 30 seconds. Turn heat to low. Flip tortilla over.
3. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the tortilla. Keeping heat on low, cook the tortilla for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the chocolate chips become quite soft and shiny.
4. Once they are soft, use a spatula to spread the chocolate chips across the surface of the tortilla to about 1-inch from the edges. Work quickly or the chocolate will dry out and taste burned.
5. Immediately remove tortilla from heat. Carefully (it's hot!) roll it up.
6. Serve this chocolate chip "fake crepe" warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.



Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if Nutella could be used as an alternative to chips.

abigail said...

Nutella would taste great! The heating time will probably be different, and I'm not sure how Nutella reacts when heated like that. I'd watch it carefully to make sure it doesn't dry out or something funky.