Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème

January 25, 2011

in Cremes & Custards,Recipes

Chocolate Pots de Crème

I know we are still a few weeks away from Valentine’s Day… and, if you, or your significant other are football fans you are probably more concerned about getting your Super Bowl menu planned out than you are about figuring out what to serve for Valentine’s day.

Having said that…

I would just like to add that this dessert need not only be served on Valentine’s Day, because not only is this a very practical dessert that can be made in advanced, it doesn’t take much time to put together and, your choices for garnish are limited only by your imagination!

So, please don’t let my choice for garnish limit you… for all you know those hearts could be replaced by little Steeler or Packer helmets sitting on green tinted whipped cream resembling grass! ;)

Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème

Adapted from Intensely Chocolate by Carole Bloom

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon Godiva chocolate liqueur (optional)
3 large egg yolks

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Place 4 5-ounce ramekins or oven-safe molds into a large roasting pan.

Place chocolate in a heat-safe bowl.

Warm cream and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, and whisk continually until sugar is dissolved and milk starts to bubble around the edges.

Remove pan from heat, add vanilla and pour over chocolate. Stir mixture slightly, then let it sit for about 3 minutes to allow chocolate to melt. Whisk until smooth.

In a separate bowl whisk together sugar and egg yolks until they are a pale yellow. While continuing to mix slowly pour in about 1/2 cup of the chocolate mixture to temper the eggs. Add remaining chocolate mixture and whisk to incorporate.

Strain into a measuring cup using a fine-mesh sieve. Pour equally into prepared ramekins. Transfer roasting pan to oven, then carefully fill pan with hot water until it comes halfway up the ramekins.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Carefully remove ramekins from roasting pan and place on a wire rack to cool. Once at room temperature cover with plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 1-2 hours.

Top with a little whipped cream, candy hearts, footballs, lions, tigers, or bears.

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kathy Gori January 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Yummy!! I really love pots de creme. These look luscious.


2 Felice January 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm

These look so good. I really love your photos.


3 Blog is the New Black January 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

This looks wonderful! Love the V-day sprinkles!


4 Belinda @zomppa January 26, 2011 at 5:58 am

Ooo – perfect!! How lovely that would be to enjoy after a big meal!


5 briarrose January 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

What a pretty treat. I love the sprinkles across the top.


6 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

How divine! Anything with chocolate is just wonderful in my opinion!! :)


7 Laura January 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Do you think there’s any way I could these to take to a party? I’d have to make them the night before, and I couldn’t bring them in the ramekins. Would it work to scoop them out the next day and put them in fancy plastic glasses?


8 Daydreamer Desserts January 26, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Hi Laura, I don’t think that would work too well. However, I did a little Goggling for you and found these… which I think would be a much better option. :)


9 Laura January 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Thanks so much! I wasn’t sure how the custards would bake in something other than ceramic. I’ll have to give it a shot. :)


10 Lisa January 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I’d rather eat this than any football fare! Beautiful!


11 Nancy@acommunaltable January 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm

One of my favorite desserts – the addition of the liqueur is brilliant and I will bet intensifies the chocolate flavor!!!


12 Paula - bell'alimento January 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Your desserts always take my breath away…


13 Sandra January 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I think the Godiva Liqueur is a necessity and your pictures are really good. Thanks for the recipe.


14 Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie January 27, 2011 at 5:15 am

Those little things look lusciously good. I would love to order me up a few dozen of those please for V-day? Thanks! :-p


15 The Chocolate Priestess January 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

Another lovely idea I can’t try cause my kitchen is too small for all these different types of bowls and dishes. Could you make it in one big bowl? How would it need to be adjusted for baking?


16 Kate @ January 27, 2011 at 7:22 am

I love the presentation! Looks so romantic – great job!


17 Chef Dennis January 27, 2011 at 8:43 am

Hi Josie

those little cups of chocolate heaven are calling to me! What a beautiful little dessert this would be for valentines day, or just to make any day a special occasion! I think intensely chocolate desserts can be a wonderful thing……you just gotta love chocolate.
I hope everything is going well in your world!


18 Kim-Liv Life January 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

OOhh!! An excellent recipe with beautiful pictures! I have a version of this coming up in about a week. It’s a favorite of my daughter’s for Valentines day, but I hadn’t thought about the liquor for my husband! I’m thinking he would like that!


19 Evan Thomas January 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

I don’t think there’s anything better than spoonable chocolate! These look terrific.


20 Steph@stephsbitebybite January 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

Perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day!! Chocolate heaven :)


21 Christine (The Raw Project) January 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

This looks wonderful!


22 jenny @ melting butter January 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm

wow, this looks unbelievably good! well done :)


23 Junia @ Mis Pensamientos January 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

perfect for valentine’s day! :) congrats on top 9!


24 latache January 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

It’s a nice recipe, I like that it’s not difficult to make it!


25 Cakewhiz January 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

oh how chocolatey!!! The heart sprinkles are a very nice touch. Congrats on the top 9!


26 Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction January 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

These look fabulous! I love the little Valentine decorations you used :)


27 Kita January 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

These look so beautiful and classic!


28 veggietestkitchen January 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm

wow, beautiful pictures. i love this recipe. if only it was eggless, then i could make it! =)


29 Liz January 30, 2011 at 5:03 am

Your photos are incredible! And this is exactly what my family would want for Valentine’s Day dessert :)


30 Sophia February 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

I love Valentine’s Day desserts, and yours looks so, so delicious! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Valentine’s Day Recipe Contest! You could win a GreenPan Stainless Steel Todd’s Perfect Gourmet Cook Set!


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