Sunday, April 6, 2008

Pots de Creme au Chocolat

Simple. Easy. Deadly. Divine.

All in one dessert.

Make this one when you want to impress, shock, and/or seduce.

Candlelight required.

Enough said.

Pots de Crème au Chocolat

1- 4 ounce bar bittersweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
1 cup heavy cream
3 egg yolks
Splash Grand Marnier

Put chocolate and cream in small heavy saucepan. Heat, stirring, until chocolate melts and starts to boil.

Reduce heat to simmer, and cook, stirring for three minutes exactly. Remove from heat.

Put egg yolks in bowl.

Take small whisk and dip into chocolate then whisk the eggs. Do this several times to warm the egg yolks. Then add chocolate cream mixture in thin stream, beating eggs the entire time. Splash a bit of Grand Marnier into the chocolate and stir.
Pour into four 3-ounce pot de crème pots, or espresso cups. Let cool. Then you can put the tops on the pots, or cover with plastic wrap.
Chill til you’re ready to impress, shock and/or seduce.

Makes 4 servings.



cook eat FRET said...

sexy as is - no doubt
but i still wanta slather it over a buttery yellow cake anyway...

because i am a sick person who often can't leave well enough alone

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Wow i suddenly have a craving for chocolate!

Anonymous said...


You are KILLING me with this stuff. Please, don't stop!!

I watched somebody (might have been Wolfgang P.) talking about getting around the egg problem with mousse.

He took a quart of heavy cream, heated it to a strong simmer and melted a pound or so of really fine chocolate into it. He let it cool and then refrigeated it till it was around 34-36 degrees and whipped it. It looked great and when I tried it, it worked very well. It definitely isn't real mousse, but it's infinitely better than what most people are used to. The Pots Au Creme is looking just lovely. Please mail me a quart or so, so I can critique it!

Oh, yeah; I was at the $Store earlier today and bought some nice Belgian dark chocolate (54%, I think) with raspberry and orange zest. Good stuff, cheap.


Helen said...

Enough said indeed! They look wonderfully sinful. It's my birthday coming up this week, which gives me and excuse to indulge.....

Anonymous said...

Holy macaroni! Just the way i like it. This is one of the best dessert EVER. Can i move in with you guys? Always dreamed to have someone cook for me. hehe. :-)

Mary Coleman said...

Claudia: The cake can wait..try it.

Jessy: If you want chocolate, this is it, honey!

Democommie: You could do this in your present kitchen. Seriously, it's that easy!

Helen: Happy better way to celebrate than with chocolate.

Zen honey: Welcome home!!!
Turn about's fair play. You make that clam risotto, I'll make this for you!!!!

Anonymous said...


As long as it only requires one working burner!

I've distempered a fair amount of chocolate in my time and broken a few emulsions--but, I'm game.

I think I need to buy a fridge first, though. I have one of those dinky dorm size units and it drives me crazy when I make anything that I have to eat most of it as I have no place to store stuff. I soldier on.


Zoomie said...

Wow, those look great! I might have to try that for a dinner party I'm giving tomorrow night!