The real Christmas dinner “recipe experiment” for my mom and I was the dessert. Pots de crème. A rich, chocolaty cup of yummy that is all your own.
Listen here. Before you make this dessert, or even say it in your head another time, let’s practice how to pronounce it so you don’t have a hilariously, emotionally scarring memory like my mom does of stating with confidence, “PAWTS-DEH-CREEEEM” (**emphasize Texas accent to the nth degree**). Here’s how you DO say it: “Po de Krehm”. On the “Krehm” pretend you’re in France and give it your best Pepe le Pew.
This is a perfect dessert to serve and impress. The hardest part is the time it takes to chill…just plan to eat dinner during that time so you aren’t spending the full hour dreaming about a decadent spoonful of chocolate hitting your tongue.
Prep Time – 30 minutes
Cook Time – 1 hour
Pots de Crème Ingredients:
3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped (Splurge on the chocolate – buy Godiva or something great)
4 cups of heavy cream
1/8 tablespoon of salt
6 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
- Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl.
- Heat the cream and the salt until scaled, and then pour over the chocolate to melt it.
- Whisk the yolks with ½ cup of sugar.
- Temper the yolk mixture with the hot chocolate mixture then place on the stove over medium heat to thicken slightly, until it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
- Traditionally, Pots de Crème is served in little “pots”, or demitasse cups and my mom happened to have some, but if you don’t, you can pour the chocolate mixture into any glass/small dish/ramekin that can go in the oven.
- Bake in a water bath at 300 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes until mostly set, but a little jiggly in the center.
- Chill covered in the fridge for about an hour or so…
- When serving, top with whipped cream if you so desire.
The recipe we originally planned on using was going to take hours and hours so we canned that one and my mom found this one on foodnetwork.com. Since then I’ve noticed that Pioneer Woman has a Pots de Crème recipe that looks SUPER easy so if you plan to make this, check out that one too: Pioneer Woman Pots de Crème.
Zach-n-Dad-o-Meter: The only problem was that the little demitasse cup servings weren’t big enough for our guys so they ate two! You should’ve seen these big men holding the tiny cups and eating with a tiny spoon…haha…priceless.