Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chocolate Pot de Crème

Ever had an elegant desert finishing off a delicious meal? I bet you have. But, here is my good suggestion to you, Chocolate Pot de Crème. This is to me, a no fuss, ever so easy and yet all so delicious French desert which is basically a chocolate custard. I have been making this desert for the longest time because it requires some of the most basic ingredients and it's really very easy to prepare! The most important thing to this desert is to get the best chocolate you can find, which will ultimately give you the best result and taste. :) I happen to have some Valrhona chocolate bar left and so Vola!
2 cups heavy whipping cream
6 oz quality semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Valrhona)

75g caster sugar
4 beaten egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 chocolate shavings
fresh strawberries

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the heavy cream, chocolate and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil and thickens.
  • Gradually stir all of the hot mixture into the egg yolks; stir in vanilla extract. Divide chocolate mixture evenly into 8 cups.
  • Cover and chill for at least 4 to 24 hours before serving.
  • When mixture is firm, if desired, garnish with chocolate curls and fresh strawberries on top. Enjoy!
Let me try my best to describe to you how this decadent desert taste like; its a thick, rich chocolaty custard that easily melts in your mouth. Your mouth will be bursting with chocolate heaven and with the combination of juicy fresh strawberry will be perfection! This will definitely be the next best thing to have if you have yet to get your ice cream machine, haha! Mine is thousand of miles away, stuck in California, in a storage place. *sigh*
If you like a healthier version, you can always substitute half of the heavy cream with full cream milk and perhaps add 1/2 teaspoon of gelatin to the mixture to firm the mixture if you do not wish to have a watery consistency.

So looking forward to desert tonight. Okay...just say "Arrr...."!


ReeseKitchen said...

WOW! That's my favourite!! How come i don't have to try?? Hee hee!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Haha, I have one left. Don't know to give you or Grace larr. So let's do this, today I bring to Grace place, you both can share, can? Next time I promise to make more. ;)

Passionate About Baking said...

Just wondering, what is the difference between this and chocolate mousse? I thought the ingredients looked almost the same leh. Your chocolate pot de creme looks really really gooooooooddd! Yummimi...

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Jane,

If I'm not wrong, in mousse, the cream is actually whipped? For this pot de creme, it merely just cook the cream together with the other ingredients...simple as that. ;)

Passionate About Baking said...

thanks for the clarification. :)