*Arrowroot powder is a ground starch that can be found in health food stores and many supermarkets
Strawberry Crepes with Dark Chocolate Sauce
You could substitute any ripe fresh fruit, like bananas or pears, but strawberries make for an especially pretty dish.
- 1 pint fresh, ripe strawberries, stemmed and sliced
- Dark Chocolate Sauce (recipe below)
Prepare Dark Chocolate Sauce and Basic Crepes according to recipes. Divide strawberries evenly among the crepes, arranging them down the middle of the crepes, and roll the crepes up around them. Drizzle about 2 tablespoons of chocolate sauce decoratively over each rolled-up crepe. Serve immediately.
Dark Chocolate Sauce
This rich sauce is delicious drizzled over Strawberry Crepes (recipe above), Cinnamon Poached Pears, or simply used as a dip for fresh fruit. Using low-fat evaporated milk and fruit sweetener significantly cuts calories while still delivering creamy sweetness. Remember, though, that baking chocolate is high in fat, which means it still packs a fairly hefty calorie punch. Use this sauce sparingly.
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup fruit sweetener
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, roughly chopped
Place chocolate in a non-reactive bowl. Place milk and fruit sweetener in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and heat until hot to the touch but not boiling. Pour hot milk over chocolate in bowl, add vanilla extract, and let sit a few minutes until chocolate has softened. Stir until chocolate has melted completely. Serve sauce immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to one week. To serve, heat in microwave just until hot and liquid.
About The Author
Peter H. Gott, M.D. is the nation's most popular medical columnist. His daily Q&A-style health column, 'Ask Dr. Gott,' appears in more than 350 newspapers nationwide. His articles have also appeared in USA Today, the New England Journal of Medicine, Saturday Review, and other publications. He recently retired from a 40-year plus career in private practice.
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Peter H. Gott, MD, is the author of the nationally syndicated newspaper column ''Ask Dr. Gott.' His articles have appeared in USA Today, the New England Journal of Medicine, Saturday Review, and other publications. He has a general practice in rural Connecticut. Visit www.hbgusa.com for more information.