Dec 10, 2012

Chocolate Pots de Creme

Chocolate Pots de Creme

The first elegant dessert I ever made was pots de creme. I made them in little demitasse cups that my mother had given me hoping that I would get into collecting them. I still have the original four that she gave me... one Danish, one French, one English, and one Lennox (American). They are lovely. I never added to them.... but I sometimes think about it.  Wouldn't it be sweet to serve mini pots de creme in beautiful unmatched china demitasse cups to all of your guests?

So Martha. So not me.

Chocolate Pots de Creme

In the meantime, these ramekins will do just fine.

Chocolate Pots de Creme

Serves 8


12 ounces of milk chocolate, finely chopped
5 large egg yolks
2 T sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 C heavy cream
3/4 C half-and-half
1 T vanilla
1/2 tsp espresso powder that has been mixed with 1 T water
Sweetened whipped cream, cocoa powder, and chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)


  1. Place the chopped chocolate into a bowl and place a strainer over the chocolate.
  2. Place the yolks, sugar, and salt into a bowl and whisk until just combined. 
  3. Whisk in the cream and half and half.
  4. Move the yolk, sugar, salt, cream, and half and half mixture to a sauce pan and cook on low, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick and the custard reaches 180 degrees F. This should take about 8 to 12 minutes. Do not overcook. 
  5. Pour the custard over the chocolate (through the strainer) and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes. 
  6. Whisk until smooth and then add the vanilla and espresso. 
  7. Divide the mixture among 8-5 ounce ramekins, cool, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. 
  8. Garnish with whipped cream and shaved chocolate (optional).
  9. Serve with garnishes and mini spoons. Enjoy!
Chocolate Pots de Creme
Recipe adapted from the March, 2007 issue of Cook's Illustrated.

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  1. I think the chocolate pots look lovely served in these little ramekins.

  2. Mmmm a lovely, indulgent recipe! I bet I wouldn't be able to stop at one...

  3. It's totally fine to crave chocolate at 6.38am right?

  4. Ah true chocolate heaven! I will take all in a bowl please. Haha Beautiful presentation, Karen!

  5. This is something I am not intimidated to do. These ramekins are perfect in highlighting the dessert. Yum! :)


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