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After the meal and obligatory egg hunt are done, treat kids and grown-ups to an unexpected (but very cool) dessert that’s trendy, tasty and very easy to make.
The Editors of FOOD52
Makes 6 to 8
With these Chocolate Tacos, it’s your taco party so you can do what you want: Soft, chewy shells (that you shape by hanging over books, but not this one!) are spooned full with whatever ice cream flavor you desire and topped with Picasso-like splatters of chocolate and crushed nuts—or sprinkles or brittle or gummy bears. You get the idea.
The shells are a love child of eggy crêpes and soft flour tortillas—and the secret star of this taco. You can make the shells a day in advance and have guests fill their own, or you can make the tacos entirely in advance and keep them in the freezer.
2⁄3 cup (85g) all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup (100g) sugar
1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the skillet
1⁄4 cup (60ml) milk
1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg whites
Fillings and Toppings
10 ounces (285g) dark chocolate chips
3 tablespoons coconut oil
4 to 6 cups (950ml to 1.4L) ice cream, softened (store-bought Choco Tacos have fudge-swirled vanilla ice cream)
1⁄2 cup (60g) crushed nuts, plus any other desired toppings
- To make the taco shells, cover 6 to 8 hardcover books that are 1 inch (2.5cm) thick with parchment paper. Stand them up vertically, spine up. These are your shell molds.
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, 1 tablespoon water, almond extract, and vanilla, followed by the egg whites. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Warm a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Butter the skillet and then spoon in 2 1⁄2 tablespoons of batter. Spread the batter gently with the back of a spoon or offset spatula so you have an even circle. Cook until slightly brown on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until slightly brown on the second side, 1 to 2 minutes more. With a spatula, gently fold the shell over the spine of the book and let cool. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding butter to the pan as needed.
- Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each. Let cool slightly.
- Fill the taco shells with ice cream, drizzle with as much chocolate as you wish, top with the nuts, and enjoy! You can freeze uncovered for a few minutes to let the chocolate harden; the tacos will also keep, wrapped in plastic wrap, in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Reprinted with permission from Food52 Ice Cream & Friends: 60 Recipes & Riffs by the Editors of Food52, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.