I created these petite pancakes to serve as dessert, perhaps at a romantic dinner for two. With Valentine’s Day this year falling on a Sunday, I realized they would also be a sensuous way to start the day.
These pancakes are called blini because they are about the same size as the little ones that Russians serve with caviar or smoked salmon.
This mousse recipe was developed by Shameer Griffin of Philadelphia, PA, who won second place in the Healthy Dessert Contest hosted by AICR and the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), which helps high school students who aspire to be chefs.
The finished dessert looks 5-star-restaurant quality, but making it is actually simple. The mousse of almond milk, chocolate, vanilla extract and tofu takes 10 minutes or less to blend; then just chill for an hour. The blueberry syrup and sesame crunch each take about 20 minutes, but you can make them while the mousse chills. Continue reading →