I do this to myself; I know. I'm always trying to make every occasion FABULOUS. Well, when the girls have someone spend the night, we like to make a fun breakfast in the morning. (Crepes, pancakes, waffles, etc.) Somehow, somewhere, I heard of the idea for chocolate gravy. I mean, aren't hot steamy biscuits enough? Not anymore.
I've also taken biscuits to a new level by making them different sizes. My usual Cooks Illustrated recipe makes 1 dozen tall fluffy buttermilk biscuits, but when you have your kids and your kids' friends around, you need to stretch them a bit. So I started using my cookie scoops. I use my large to make 12, my medium makes about 24, and the baby makes . . . I don't know . . . a bunch.
Now, for the gravy . . .
(I can't remember where I got the recipe . . . somewhere on the internet, but now it's just taped to the inside of my cupboard door, where I keep all great recipes.)
You can cut this recipe in half as well.
1/4 cup (or 4 Tbs) dutch processed cocoa (I find mine at Williams-Sonoma)
2 Tbs flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups whole milk (I just use mostly 2% and add a bit of half & half)
Combine in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until bubbling and thickened.
Off heat add the last two ingredients.
4 Tbs unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla
It's terrific warm with biscuits. It thickens as it cools and the leftovers are great over ice cream!