Chocolate Gravy with Croissants

Breakfast & Brunch, Breads, Sauces & Condiments, Desserts | 30 Minutes or Less, Entertaining, Holiday, Kid Friendly | Fruits, Other

SERVES 8 - START TO FINISH: 10 minutes
Recipe Scoop Chocolate Gravy with Croissants

Cooking Notes

To serve 2, use 1 croissant; for 4 servings, use 2. Leftover sauce keeps, refrigerated in airtight container, for 1 week. Microwave to reheat.
For richer sauce, use whole milk or half and half.
Can substitute fresh pineapple or raspberries.
Can substitute biscuits or crescent rolls.

Chocolate Gravy with Croissants

4 large croissants*
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1 1/2 cups lowfat (1%) milk*
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pound fresh strawberries*

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F., and heat croissants according to package directions, about 9 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a 2-quart or larger saucepan, stir together sugar, flour, cocoa and salt. Place pan over medium heat, and gradually add milk, whisking constantly until well blended and smooth. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is the consistency of warm pudding, about 5 to 6 minutes.
3. Reduce heat to low. Add butter and stir until melted and well blended. Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla. To serve, cut croissants in half, and spoon 1/4 cup sauce over each. Garnish with strawberries, whole or sliced.

Chocolate Gravy with Croissants

When a reader of our Desperation Dinners newspaper column, Avis June Thompson of Nashville, Tenn., told us about the Chocolate Gravy that her mother used to serve for Christmas breakfast when she was a child, we knew we’d love it. If you're looking for a way to create a holiday breakfast tradition that's sure to make you tops for the best-mom-ever award, take a tip from Avis June Thompson. "This is a special family recipe I always serve on Christmas morning at the request of my children and grandchildren," the Nashville homemaker says. “It was my mother's recipe." The result is so special you'll find it hard to wait for Christmas. We think Chocolate Gravy also makes a wonderful dessert any time of the year and the "gravy" can be called chocolate sauce to serve with ice cream or other treats.

And this from Louanne Bisel of New Bern, NC:

My husband grew up in Michigan and his mother was originally from the hills of Kentucky. I first had Chocolate Gravy one winter when she was visiting. Growing up in the South, too, I was surprised that I had never had it nor even heard about it. Anyway it was rich and delicious and she served it over hot, flaky biscuits.

My husband told me that when he and his cousin were running cross country in high school, before each Saturday race, his mother would make them biscuits and chocolate gravy. Now thanks to Cheap. Fast. Good! I am preparing your version of biscuits and chocolate gravy. Except now instead of heading to a cross country race we will be headed to our son's swim meet. Thanks for helping me carry on a family tradition.

Chocolate Gravy with Croissants

Feel Good About: Okay so this won't win the healthy breakfast award but you're starting a once-a-year family tradition!

Approximate Values Per Serving: 236 calories (30% from fat), 8 g fat (4 g saturated), 12 mg cholesterol, 5 g protein, 38 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 172 mg sodium

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