Sunday, May 30, 2010

Chocolate Blinis


This month's Chocolate with Francois recipe is chocolate blinis, selected for us by Linda of Diva Weigh. I had never made blinis, but was struck by their semblance to pancakes. And chocolate pancakes?  What's not to love?

They were a little more work than a traditional pancake (separating some of the eggs and beating the egg whites and folding in at the end reminds me more of waffles than pancakes). Since there were only two of us, I made one-fourth of the recipe. It starts with 72% chocolate, which I had exactly enough of to make these. I also happened to have hazelnut flour in the freezer.  Linda has the recipe for you here, and you'll find these really aren't that hard to make. In that respect, they reminded me of the cannelés, simple yet spectacular.

These didn't flip so well, but were still delicious

I served the blinis with dollops of mascarpone cheese and homemade strawberry jam. They were delicious--deeply chocolate and fluffy, perfect for breakfast. That is, if you're going to follow breakfast with a good long walk. Each serving has two tablespoons of butter and an ounce of chocolate!

Thanks, Linda, for picking a recipe I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.

10 comments:

Gloria said...

These sounds fantastic! I love the way you served them.

Julie said...

I love your choice of toppings. After reading your analysis of the contents, I am glad my step son ate these instead of me!

Velva said...

I can see why these bilinis were so enjoyable. They look wonderful even if they did not flip easy. Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

I love your choice of mascarpone cheese and strawberries! Yet another topping to try with my next batch! Thanks for playing along this month!

Kayte said...

Just here checking up on you and to wish you a very happy Memorial Day...hope your weekend is going great! You didn't think I was seriously going to comment on the CHOCOLATE did you??? Hugs.

Tracey said...

Yum, chocolate for breakfast? I am sold :) I've never had a blini either but they look fabulous!

Seattle Pastry Girl said...

Glad to see I wasn't the only blini challenged baker !

Lisa Michelle said...

Leslie..I love Francois Payard, and when I saw this challenge, I almost caved. Thing is..I have enough trouble making the deadline for Daring Kitchen challenges lol

That said, those chocolate blini's look mouth watering and beautiful. Have you ever been to his patisserie in NYC? OMG...I can't go in or I'll blow my life savings..mega $$$$$ for everything! LOL

Mimi said...

Chocolate pancakes sound perfect to me.
Mimi

jillbert said...

I've never heard of a chocolate blini, but they sound fantastic!