Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dessert Quesadilla

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You will need fresh tortillas for this, they are not super easy to find everywhere. Though these are cooked, they will need to be cooked again to achieve the brown "puffy" look of regular store bought flour tortillas. If you are in California you will probably be able to find them in your supermarket, in other states try a Mexican grocery store if you have access, check out local restaurants, or complain, whine and moan at your grocery store manager until they give in and find some for you.

I used a dark chocolate spread that I got at World Market for this dessert quesadilla. I like it because it happens to be dairy free, and peanut free... and delicious. You may remember it from an earlier (not so nut free) post of mine.* The jar says it may contain traces of some nuts, but thankfully we don't have to worry about trace amounts. You can use Nutella if you like, but I'm pretty positive Nutella contains nuts and that's a no no for us right now.

All you have to do is heat some butter or "butter" in a pan over medium heat. When the butter is melted and hot add the tortilla, it may sputter and bubble a little, that will give it some nice golden brown spots. If your tortilla starts to burn, or you have molten butter flying all over the kitchen, please turn down the heat. Add a spoonful or two of dark chocolate spread (or whatever you happen to be using) and as it starts to melt spread it out to cover the tortilla. If I had chocolate chips I might have tossed a few in there for extra chocolaty goodness at this point. When your tortilla is cooked, and your chocolate is melty and gooey add strawberry slices to one half of the tortilla add a drizzle of honey (optional) and fold in half. Viola, you are ready to dig in.

This was enjoyed by all (was there any doubt?). I can't wait to use other filling combinations. I love the fact that it's a super quick, super tasty, egg free dessert that we can all enjoy. If you want to fancy it up a bit you could serve it with ice cream, or coconut ice "cream". This is one circumstance where I would opt for fake butter instead of an olive oil substitution to make this vegan. Also important to note you should be looking for tortillas that don't contain lard.

Update: Oops! Upon further examination I didn't use this chocolate spread in my earlier recipe. I used chunks of chocolate...still a good recipe though, and worth checking it out. I'm leaving the link in. :)
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