TNT - and these are just great for a party - can be done ahead, and just assembled at the last minute.
From Alice Medrich, who I think is the queen of chocolate!
CHOCOLATE BLINIS WITH BERRY CAVIAR
makes 18-20 3-inch pancakes
¾ cup flour
2T granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
¼ cup Dutch cocoa
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ tsp. instant coffee powder
½ tsp. vanilla
butter for the skillet
crème fraiche or lightly sweetened whipped cream
Fresh raspberries, slightly crushed to resemble caviar
In medium bowl, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Melt butter in a small saucepan; stir in the cocoa til smooth and hot; gradually stir in the milk and heat to lukewarm. Off heat, whisk in the brown sugar, coffee powder, egg and vanilla, stirring til the mixture is completely smooth. Pour the contents of the saucepan over the flour mixture and stir til the dry ingredients are completely incorporated.
Heat the skillet over low heat til hot and coat the pan with butter; pour 3 inch pancakes and cook on low heat til bubbles form around the edges; flip the cakes and cook til lightly colored on the bottom, and cooked through the center. Keep warm to serve; place a dollop of crème fraiche in center of pancake, and garnish with crushed raspberry. –
- Alice medrich