Red Velvet Crepes with Chocolate Whipped Cream
Impress your valentine with these red velvet crepes. The suitably coloured crepes are filled light, fluffy chocolate whipped cream and topped off with plenty of strawberries.
Makes: 8 servings
Takes: 55 minutes
- RED VELVET CREPES:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup water
- 2-3 teaspoons liquid red food color
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- CHOCOLATE WHIPPED CREAM:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Strawberries sliced
- Chocolate sauce to drizzle on top (optional)
Make the crepe batter
In a blender or food processor, mix together all the ingredients listed under “red velvet crepes”.
Pulse for a minute or two, till everything is well combined.
Pour batter into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. You can even make the batter in the night to save time in the morning.
Make Chocolate Whipped Cream Filling
Keep the steel bowl of your stand mixer or any bowl in which you are going to beat the cream along with the whisk attachment in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
Beat heavy cream using the wire whisk attachment of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer.
Once the cream starts getting little thick, add in granulated sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
Beat till the filling forms semi-firm peaks, being careful not to over-beat.
Cover and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Make the red velvet crepes
Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray.
Once hot, pour ¼ cup [or more for bigger crepes] of batter in the pan and swirl the pan so that batter gets evenly spread around the pan.
Cook for 45 seconds to 1 minutes and then flip the crepe carefully.
Cook the other side for additional 30-45 seconds.
Remove from heat and repeat till the entire batter is finished.
Serve the crepe
Take one crepe at a time, spoon chocolate whipped cream on one side of the crepe, placed sliced strawberries on top and fold into a quarter or you can fold the crepe into a quarter and place the filling on top.
Drizzle some chocolate sauce on top.
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