Sunday, October 31, 2010

Chocolate Pots De Creme

chocolate pots de creme


Hey there! Yes, I know I've been away, but as usual, life's dramas keep catching up with me, a bit too often, I must say. It was national chocolate day yesterday, and putting my own procrastinating touch to the holiday, here I am, with the perfect way to celebrate the day. I've seen sinful looking pots de creme around, and I've always wanted to make them, and the fact that they are super simple to make is a major plus!


The batter came together in less than 10 minutes, and then they were baked for about half an hour. So there really shouldn't be much to stop you from making these. They are sinfully rich, pure comfort food, something that you can just attack with a spoon while curling up with your favorite movie. And surprise, surprise, they aren't fattening. Comparitively :P I saw these on the wonderful Katrina's culinary teacher Paige's fabulous blog, and hearing both of them endorse it, I was hooked. One spoon, and you immediately ask yourself, is this true, is it really that good? And before you know it, you've gobbled the entire thing. Or maybe that's just me :P


chocolate pots de creme


Chocolate Pots de Creme
Adapted from A Cooking Life

Yield : 6 ramekins [these are really rich, so you don't want to serve too big portions]



3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup cream
1/4 cup sugar
4 oz chocolate [atleast 60% cacao]
4 large egg yolks
1 vanilla bean / 2 tsp vanilla extract


Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 140 C [300 F].
  2. Coarsely chop the chocolate into small pieces and set in a large bowl.
  3. Over medium heat, bring the milk, cream and sugar to a boil. Make sure the sugar has melted. Add it to the chopped chocolate, let sit for a few minutes, and mix until it becomes a homogenous mixture.
  4. Lightly whisk the egg yolks. You may temper them if you want, but the chocolate will have bought the heat down enough. Slowly add the yolks to the chocolate mixture, mixing constantly. Scrape in the vanilla bean/extract.
  5. Pour into ramekins that are set on a large baking dish. Fill this dish with warm water atleast halfway up the ramekins, cover loosely with foil, and bake for 30-35 minutes. If you jiggle the ramekins, the edges should be mostly set, while the center should still be trembling. Err on the side of underbaked, because a little too much, and the glorious texture will be ruined. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for atleast 2 hours, which will help them set up perfectly.
  6. Serve chilled, with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.
  7. Come back and thank me for changing your life :) <3

16 comments:

  1. Oh my chocolate! These do look rich and sinful. Thanks for sharing such a delicious yet low-fat, recipe. :-)

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  2. Mmm this looks amazing. Just been looking for a way to use up some extra egg yolks too!

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  3. I'm so glad you tried and liked these. Thanks for mentioning my blog!

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  4. You were not joking. These DO look sinfully delicious. So creamy too!
    I'm glad you're back to blogging again :o)

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  5. Val - Oh my chocolate. Lol. That's going to become my catchphrase now!!! And I know, it's surprising that I gave a low fat recipe, but as long as it doesn't taste like it, I'm happy ;)

    Xiaolu - Oh so then I expect your reaction to these soon :)

    Paige - Thanks for providing the recipe. They were awesome!!

    Hanaâ - :D Thanks!! I'm glad too, all the comments really make my day <3

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  6. Choclate always call my name! I love your choclate creme! It looks so yumny.

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  7. I've always wanted to make these! so rich and chocolately :)

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  8. Looks creamy.....wish I liked chocolate!
    ~ingrid

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  9. Another phrase I love is Oh My Ganache!
    Sweet you made these. I don't know why I've never made them since having them in one of Paige's classes, because it was divine. I'm going to have to just do it. Great post and thanks for the linky love. I know Paige appreciates it, too.

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  10. It doesn't get much easier than this, does it?? Delish!

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  11. Yum! That looks amazing Avanika! The texture looks mouthwatering :)

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  12. ♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ - It is :)

    Faith - Mine too. This will totally make you fall in love.

    Jaime - Don't put them off anymore!!

    Ingrid - I wish that too :(

    Ellie - Thanks :)

    Katrina - I have to thank you for introducing me to her. These were awesome.

    Deborah - Nope. I've already made it thrice since :)

    Lorraine - Thanks so much. It was <3

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  13. Oh my, these look entirely delicious! They sound absolutely amazing, the light fluffy texture paired with the rich chocolate sounds like a winning combination to me :)

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  14. These look delicious! Have you ever tried a Chocolate Lava Cake (a.k.a Molten Lava Cake, or Chocolate Molten Cake)? It's very similar to this just errs more on the side of cake, rather than a rich cremey dessert. Other than that it is served in the same way (although you can also remove it after baking and serve on a plate).

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