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.