Yep you saw this correctly…Coffee-mate®…the creamer brand that puts out that powdered stuff you put in your coffee has entered new territory. In case you haven’t noticed, this venerable producer of convenience…break room and repair shop creamer now offers more flavorful experiences like Natural Bliss®, an all-natural dairy creamer made with only a few simple ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and natural flavor. That’s it. No additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients. Available in three delicious flavors and now a low-fat version, I recently tried out their Natural Bliss Vanilla in my iced coffee. The best part is you get an indulgent sweet creaminess at 35 calories per tablespoon. The lightness is actually an asset allowing the full coffee flavors to be showcased rather than being emasculated in sweetness.
But there’s more…beyond being a coffee sidekick, Coffee-mate has offered up some intriguing recipes featuring Natural Bliss as a main ingredient. Here is one dish I plan on trying out for this weekend’s Sunday brunch that’s only 108 calories per serving:
Vanilla-Ricotta Stuffed Crepes With Orange-Maple Syrup – Courtesy of Chef Rocco DiSpirito
6 Tbsp. Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-fat Vanilla
4 tsp. egg white powder
8 oz. light ricotta cheese
1 navel orange, 1/2 tsp. of zest removed with fine grater, then peeled
1/2 cup calorie-free pancake syrup
Olive oil cooking spray
4 sprigs fresh mint (about 8 leaves), torn into small pieces
PREHEAT oven to 350˚ F.
POUR all but 2 teaspoons of the Natural Bliss in a small mixing bowl and whisk in the egg white powder until fully dissolved; set aside. In another bowl mix the ricotta cheese with the remaining 2 teaspoons of Natural Bliss and 1/4 teaspoon of the orange zest; set aside. With a sharp paring knife, cut the sections of orange flesh out from the white membrane that encases them in the orange. Place the orange sections, remaining 1/4 teaspoon orange zest and the pancake syrup in small microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high until the mixture simmers, about 2 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic wrap on one side to vent but keep warm and set aside.
SPRAY a 10-inch nonstick skillet for 1 second with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Pour one-fourth of the Natural Bliss and egg powder mixture into the warm pan and swirl the mixture so it forms a thin even layer on the bottom of the pan. Put it over the heat until you can see browning at the edges, about 20 seconds, and then place in the oven and bake about 30 seconds or until it has fully cooked. Pull the crepe out of the pan, cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper and set aside. Repeat these steps to make 3 additional crepes.
PLACE a dollop of the ricotta mixture in the center of each crepe and spread it out evenly over the crepes. Fold crepes in half and then in half again and place one crepe each on four plates. Spoon the warm orange syrup over each crepe and garnish with mint leaves.
Don’t let the skillet get too hot or the crepe batter will cook too quickly before you can roll it around the entire bottom of the pan.
Use a fine microplane to take the zest off of the orange if you have one. Be sure to add it quickly to both mixtures to retain its full flavor potential.
Photos courtesy of Coffee-mate