Costumes are ready, parties planned, trick or treating routes mapped out. But have you thought about your Halloween breakfast? Whatever your age, here’s a trick you should treat yourself to: bite-sized banana Draculas wrapped in chocolate capes and drizzled with crimson fruit sauce.
These are easy to make and fun to assemble. Consider bringing the ingredients to the table so kids can create their own scary breakfasts. They will enjoy dousing their small counts in red sauce, and will take special pleasure in sinking their teeth into these little guys.
Sweet, but not too sweet, these crêpes are rich with the flavors of warm semi-sweet chocolate, ripe banana, melty cream cheese, and sweet strawberry. Heat your Dracula up in the microwave for a minute if you like. Then invite your cute little vampire to join you for the perfect, spooky breakfast.
2 ounces baking chocolate
1¼ cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
2 – 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Melt chocolate in small, heavy pan over medium low heat. Set aside to cool. In large bowl, mix together flour, salt and sugar. Whisk in milk and egg until batter is thick and smooth. Stir in cooled, melted chocolate. Let batter rest a few minutes before cooking.
Heat about 1 teaspoon of oil in a heavy 6-inch pan over medium heat. When hot, but not smoking, add ¼ cupful of batter to pan, swirling to cover bottom. Cook crêpe 1 to 2 minutes until cooked through and lightly browned, flipping once. Keep warm while cooking remaining crêpes, monitoring heat and adding oil as necessary.
Makes enough crêpes for 4 Crêpe Draculas.
Fresh Fruit Syrup
6 ounces fresh strawberries
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon water
Add strawberries, honey and water to blender or food processor. Puree until smooth; set aside.
For each serving, you will need:
2 chocolate crêpes
2 teaspoons whipped cream cheese
6 – 10 chocolate chips
4 – 5 raspberries
Chocolate icing pen
Peel banana and cut in half, using one half for Dracula’s head and upper body. Slice remaining banana half lengthwise for Dracula’s legs.
Fold one crêpe back at the top to form cape, and wrap it around the banana body. Place on the center of a clean plate. Hold cape in place temporarily with toothpick. Cut the remaining crêpe into four quarters – two will be used for Dracula’s pants legs; two for bats. Wrap banana legs in crêpe pants and place on plate with body.
Spread cream cheese on banana body, remove toothpick, and gently press crêpe to stick. Add a few chocolate chips for buttons. Cut a raspberry in half to make Dracula’s shoes, and cut a small piece of berry to make his bow tie. Use icing pen to draw his face and hair.
Cut remaining crêpe quarters into bat shapes with cookie cutter or kitchen shears. Garnish plate with bats, remaining raspberries and chocolate chips. Serve with fresh fruit syrup on the side.
Heat in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds if you like before serving.