Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Creme Recipe

I'm on a dessert kick this week, so here is yet another simply scrumptious recipe that you're going to want to make again and again.

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Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Creme
Excerpted from The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods by Olivia Dupin

Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Creme Recipe

Pot de creme, or "pot of cream", is simply a rich, baked custard. Traditionally, these were served in small lidded pots, but ramekins work well here. I go crazy for bananas, so I pair this with a banana whipped cream.

Ingredients

5 egg yolks
1/2 cup (50 g) sugar
1/2 vanilla bean
1 cup (235 ml) milk
1 1/2 cups (355 ml) heavy cream
4 ounces (115 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Chef's tip: For a dairy-free pot de creme, substitute equal parts coconut milk for the milk and cream in this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C, or gas mark 4).

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until well combined. Set aside.

Use a paring knife to split open the length of the vanilla bean. Use the back of the knife (the dull side) to scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean pod and into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the scraped vanilla bean pod, milk, and cream to the saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and slowly bring the mixture to a boil. Be sure to watch the pot because milk and cream will quickly boil over!

Remove the milk mixture from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let it sit for 1 minute to let the chocolate begin to melt, and then whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat and stream it very slowly into the egg yolk mixture, whisking as you go to combine. Be careful not to add the hot milk too quickly or you will cook the eggs.

Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into another bowl. Ladle the mixture into six 3/4-cup (180 ml) ramekins. Place the ramekins inside a large baking dish, such as a lasagna pan. Fill the baking dish with hot water about halfway up the sides of the ramekins (this is so the pots de creme cook slowly and evenly). Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the center of each custard is set, but still jiggles slightly when you jostle it.

Cool the custards to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve (at least 2 to 3 hours, but up to 3 days).

Yield: 6 servings

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