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Citrus Crepes with Chocolate Orange Ganache

Delicate citrus essence French crepes with drizzles of dreamy chocolate orange ganache.  Citrus Crepes with Chocolate ganache_IMG_4834

There is absolutely nothing healthy, vegan, paleo friendly, diabetic friendly, gluten-free or cardiac friendly about this upcoming recipe but sometimes you just need to let your hair down and enjoy the moment. This was just one of these special moments.

My boys are on exam leave. My boys are feverishly studying and eating me out of house and home. I have run out of printer paper, ink, food, patience and have been chained to the stove for the last 2 weeks trying to keep the boy's study rhythm in the groove.

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I made the boys some French crepes using my friend Mandy's, the complete cookbooks crepe recipe and added a little orange and lemon zest. Please stop on over to The Complete cookbook for some delicious recipes, stories or just to look at her pile of gorgeous French crepes/pancakes. I then topped the crepes with a little dusting of icing sugar and then  sent the boys promptly back to their room to finish their exam revisions.

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My house smelled wonderful from the crepes cooking and I still had some crepe batter left.  I have been such a good little girl following my gluten-free, egg-free and lactose-free diet I decided to be a little naughty.

I  looked in the pantry for just a smidgen of maple syrup or honey and we were all out of my usual staples. I found my secret stash of dark chocolate under the broccoli, we were in business!

I think more than anything moms and dads need a study break more than the kids. I have been reviewing and checking past papers in English, maths, Global perspectives, etc... and even practicing Chinese with my eldest. This enough to make any mom need chocolate. Heck, this is a chocolate emergency!

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I first melted my chocolate and then tried to incorporate it directly right on top of the crepe whilst it was cooking. All was going well until I decided it was time to flip the crepe over. There is no need to repeat this science experiment. It does not work. As I was in the process of eating my failed science experiment, I was happily surprised as I tasted a little bit of the orange zest in the crepe and how nice it paired with the chocolate.

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Then it had me furiously looking into the freezer as I remember us having one of those airplane sized serving of Cointreau left. Cointreau is an orange flavoured liquor. There it was and untapped and a perfect complement to my chocolate orange ganache. (Do any of you keep your alcohol in the freezer? As you know, alcohol does not freeze and I especially love my dinner aperitifs or digestifs really cold but not watered down by melting ice on the rocks.)

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Now you know you can't just go adding alcohol directly to the melted chocolate or otherwise it will seize up. However, you can most certainly add orange flavored liquor to a chocolate ganache so I whipped out the cream and butter and got to work. I think I mentioned this before but this is not one of those "healthy low-calorie recipes".

If you are serving this for breakfast or dessert for children or teenagers, just omit the orange flavored liquor and you can substitute with a teaspoon of vanilla essence instead.

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I carefully folded over my orange essence crepes, drizzled them with a little chocolate orange ganache and finally dusted on a little icing sugar. I closed, locked and barricaded the kitchen door and took my first blissful bite of heaven. I am lost in a cloud of chocolate and orange happiness for a while or at least until I hear the words, "Mom can you help me with my..."

Is this breakfast or a dessert? I will leave you decide.



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Citrus Crepes with Chocolate Orange Ganache

By HWC Magazine  ,

May 19, 2014

Delicate citrus essence French crepes with drizzles of chocolate orange ganache. Recipe adapted from "The Complete Cookbook" Makes about 16 small crepes or 8 large ones.

  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


flour - 1 cup

salt - 1/2 teaspoon

sugar - 1 teaspoon

egg - 1 beaten

water - 1 cup

milk - 1/2 cup

lemon zest - 1 teaspoon

orange zest - 1 teaspoon

butter - to fry crepes

Chocolate Orange Ganache

whipping cream - 1 cup (double cream)

dark chocolate - 8 ounces (bittersweet-the really good stuff)

butter - 2 tablespoon unsalted

orange zest - 2 teaspoons

Cointreau - 1 tablespoon (or other orange flavored liquor)


powdered (icing) sugar - optional

oranges - Slices, optional


1In a medium bowl add sifted flour, salt, sugar, beaten egg, water, milk, lemon and orange zest and mix until well incorporated. Set aside and if you have 30 minutes to spare to allow the pancakes flavors and products to mingle that would be best but I had hungry boys so I started cooking right away.

2Make the chocolate orange ganache- In a small saucepan heat up cream until it is just ready to start to boiling. (careful to not let the cream boil over as that is a big mess) Remove pan from heat and add chocolate, butter, orange zest, and orange liqueur. (If serving to children can substitute with vanilla to replace the orange liquor) Let ganache stand 3 minutes and whisk just until chocolate is melted. Chill ganache for about 30 to 40 minutes.

3In a small frying pan melt a little butter and add a small ladle of crepe batter to the pan. Tilt the pan from side to side and a circular motion to make sure the batter is thin and fully covers the bottom surface of the pan.

4Cook crepes for 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden brown and flip over and cook for another minute or until golden brown on each side. Repeat process for each crepe.

5Continue to cook the crepes until all the crepe batter is used and keep the crepes warm with a lid on top while you are cooking the rest of the crepes.

6Step 5: In a bowl with an electric mixer beat the chilled chocolate orange ganache just until light and fluffy before using. Be careful to not over beat, just until thick and shiny.

7Carefully fold and stack your crepes on a plate and drizzle with a little chocolate orange ganache and garnish with a little sifted icing sugar and fresh orange slices. Enjoy.

  • Looks like we were on the same wavelength this week Bam! These look delicious and my kids would devour them no question!

  • That looks amazing! I saw the Kristy also posted a beautiful crepe recipe so crepes are definitely in the blo-o-sphere. This one is definitely a dessert in my books.

  • kitchenriffs

    These look terrific! We all need to throw caution to the wind occasionally and indulge in sinfully good stuff. Orange and chocolate is a wonderful combo, isn’t it? I always have both Cointreau and Grand Mariner on hand, and can never decide which I prefer (they have somewhat different flavor profiles). Never tried keeping them in the freezer, though — I should! I hope your boys do well on their exams. Fun post — thanks.

  • So delicious! I love orange and chocolate together too.

  • marlene

    Hey great recipe….but I am gluten and dairy free like it or not….(don’t like it)… I would make a rice flour crepe and then follow the rest of the recipe. Great for company ..xx

  • Hi Bam, your crepes look wonderful, love that you added some chocolate swirl inside. The end of the school year is always tuff, sounds like you have your hands full.

  • Robyn

    Wow, Bobbi, this looks so scrumptious. Why do I always get the feeling that you create this incredible dishes so effortlessly? I love that you make the most of your ingredients on hand and the recipes you concoct are truly your own and always have the BAM stamp – gorgeousness! I’m definitely coming to visit (when I cools down) because I need to EAT your food!! Pinned 🙂

  • You are the best mom ever!!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Dawn, today I am the hero mom to my kids but when I tell them it is time to get back to studying I will be the worst mom in the whole world.. Kids..

  • What I wouldn’t give for a batch of THESE for breakfast! Absolutely gorgeous. Love the orange-chocolate flavor combination – it’s the best!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I think you should be served this dish in the maternity ward for sure! I hope you are doing well and praying that you and baby are doing well. Take Care, BAM

  • Chocolate and orange is a great combination!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Mary, I really do love that combination. Well really anything with chocolate make me happy, now that I think of it..

  • These crepes are indeed lovely! I love the way you decorated them with chocolate orange ganache!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you. Everything looks beautiful when it is decorated with chocolate, right?

  • Yum! Wish I could have one of these right now! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Nancy, I will whip a batch up for your right now. I would send you a batch by post but that might do so well coming by slow shrimp boat from China to your destination, so I guess you will just have to come over for a visit instead. Take care, BAM

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’m with you on mothers needing a bit of comfort during exam studying. I don’t know about your boys but my kids were stressed and cranky. I’d have been better with a plate of these beauties.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Maureen, I can tell you first hand that my teenagers are super grumpy and stressed. I will be glad when mid-June rolls around and some of the chaos is minimized. I think chocolate can solve most of the world’s problems, don’t you agree? Have a super week! Take care, BAM

  • hotlyspiced

    I know what you’re going through! I hated it when my two were on study leave and they’d be home all the time and constantly rummaging through either the fridge or the pantry. It was so hard to get anything done with their constant interruptions. You’re very good to be cooking for them and making them crepes. These look amazing. And I’m in love with anything with chocolate and orange combined. Wonderful! xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Charlie, you have nailed that perfectly. I can’t get anything done with them underfoot or always in the kitchen foraging. I grocery bill has doubled since they have been home. Maybe it is nervous energy so they eat whilst studying… I can’t wait for this madness to end in mid-June, if I make that long… Have a super week. Take Care, BAM

  • Awesome pics, Bam! I can have crepes anytime of the day when I choose to, LOL. Yeah, one can actually relax a bit and not be too strict about a healthy diet. Once in a while a taste bud treat like this is fun and satisfying :).

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    • Bams Kitchen

      Aww, thank you Julie for your sweet comment. I have been fussing a little more with my photography, well as much as my boys will allow before they are eating everything off the dish…(If you see any fingers or shadows in my photos that would be either son #1 or son #2 hovering above) I know there are just sometimes you just have to give in and enjoy life a little bit with our diets. I could not eat these kinds of dishes every day or even once a week, but once in awhile it is a big treat.

  • Oh yes! These beauties are a must during exam time! I love the swirls of chocolate in the batter, and of course on top too! I would eat these for breakfast 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Sandra, I am thinking these crepes are appropriate any time of the day you are having a chocolate emergency. I can’t wait for their exams to be done so life can go back to normal. Take care, BAM

  • Joanna

    Definitely going to try a gluten-free version of these!! Om nom nom….

  • No one should be strict when it comes to eating crepe time, in fact, I may make them right now at 7pm 😛
    DELICIOUS recipe, it looks extra tasty because of your photography!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Your crepes look wonderful, I love chocolate and orange together.

  • BAM, this is decadent. Delicious looking all the same. I must do some crepes soon.

  • Tried to comment yesterday, but your blog would not allow me, glad to be able to comment today.
    Chocolate is my comfort food anytime, adding orange ganache, lip smacking good. Gaining weight just thinking about it.

  • Oh this is super yummy! Makes me so hungry now, have to try making this!

  • These are so beautiful and I can SMELL THEM THROUGH THE COMPUTER! OMG!

  • Bam, thank you for such blog love and I absolutely love the addition of orange and lemon zest and then adding chocolate and Cointreau – fabulous! I am going to dash down the passage to see if we have any left. I vaguely remember a bottle…
    I don’t have teenagers but when Pete is home, it is nearly the same thing as he is always in the kitchen looking for a snack.
    Have a wonderful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Mandy, I guess I have a good memory as you posted this crepe recipe a long time ago but I remember that recipe as that photo is just gorgeous. I am so glad I pinned it way back then as it was easy to find again. I just can’t seem to get anything done as the kids are always foraging for food in my kitchen. Hubbies are just like big kids! Have a super week. BAM

  • shashi @

    Oh WoW! You are so right – sometimes you do need to indulge in something as scrumptious and decadent as these wonderfully aromatic crepes! My daughter tells me that she gets hungrier when studying is involved – so these would be perfect brain food!

  • I have been thinking, and even mentioned to my daughter just yesterday that it has been a seriously long time since we made crepes. These look Marvelicious- and I think we are going to have to get down to business this weekend. Thanks!

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    BAM,these crepes look divine…and such a burst of sweet citrus aroma in every bite….we can’t think of anything except this for brunch tomorrow…beautiful recipe and a stunning,glossy sensational orange ganache,thanks 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you for your kind comment. I was also thinking it is time to make some dosas again. I think that would be some great study food, what do you think? Take Care, BAM

  • These are so similar to the ones I made recently! I had to pop out and eat breakfast before reading the whole post as they look scrummy 🙂

  • Oh wow – I haven’t had crepes in a long time and this has woken up a huge craving! Yum – they looks terrific, especially with that ganache.

  • This is about as close to a perfect dessert as a girl can get! Chocolate and orange, lemon zest, ganache, orange liqueur, crepes – oh my! It’s heavenly and sounds like just what the doctor ordered for you and your boys. I imagine it hit the spot and was just the break you all needed.

  • Sounds like you really needed those crepes! Very much deserved 🙂 I am glad you did! They sounds wonderful. Love the idea of adding the Cointreau 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Lilly sue, No doubt these last couple of weeks have been a difficult one and we still have about 3 weeks more. I do not know if I can hold out so might need to make myself some more treats and will the boys as my excuse…Take Care, BAM

  • Sounds like these crepes came at a good time! And they look absolutely delicious!

  • Kids studying for exam do sound so stressful! Wish my mom made these homemade crepes in between my study. 😀 These crepe look so delicious and what a nice reward!

  • What lucky boys! I still struggle mightily to master the classic crepe, so I would give anything to have someone else around willing to make them for me. You make it sound so simple!

  • love love love crepes! And such a sweet mother you are by making these for your boys!! 🙂

  • I’m a sucker for Crepe style pancakes and love your addition of some zest. an dI think your boys are oh so lucky to have you around for them!!!

  • There definitely is no end of fabulous recipes from Bam. Your family is lucky!!

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