Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Chocolate Pots de Crème
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was selected by Christine of Black Cat Cooking. She chose Chocolate Pots de Crème, which at first glance are something like chocolate puddings, but they are so much more than that. You can get the complete recipe on Christine’s blog. These look simple, and have a simple list of ingredients, but they are quite special.
There are a lot of custard-based recipes in Dorie’s book, but this one is different as Dorie explains. These you cook in a water bath and that’s what thickens the Crème. I halved this recipe and made four beautiful pots. I guess that they sell special containers with lids that are especially for Chocolate Pots de Crème! How fun would that be? I instead used some cups from a Denby coffee service that belonged to my husband’s parents. It’s been around, but Denby is great stuff.
My Crème set wonderfully and these have a silky, mousse-like texture. The chocolate flavor is good, but not overpowering. This is the perfect little finisher for a fancy meal, or just a nice treat to have around the house. I have to say that I didn’t quite know what to expect from these, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was really happy with this recipe and I absolutely will make these again!
Recipe from Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, pages 390-391