Butterscotch Pots de Cremes

 

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Butterscotch Pots de Cremes

Yield : 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 oz (4 tbsp/57 grams) unsalted butter
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup/113 grams) firmly packed light or dark muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 19⅛ oz (2¼ cups/540 grams) half and half
  • ¾ tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream, for serving
  • Buttermilk Caramel Sauce (see recipe below) or other caramel sauce, for serving
  • Flaky sea salt (like Maldon), for serving
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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 F. Set 8 small (6- to 8-oz) ramekins, cups or coffee cups in a small roasting pan. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt together the butter, sugar and salt. Whisking often, cook until the sugar begins to caramelize, darkening in color and smelling nutty, 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully and slowly whisk in the half-and-half. The caramel will seize at first, melting back into the mixture once all the liquid is added. Stirring often, bring the mixture to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk a small amount of the hot liquid into the yolks to warm them and then gradually whisk in the remainder. Set a fine mesh sieve over a large heatproof measuring cup. Pour the custard through the sieve. Divide the custard evenly among the ramekins.
  5. Slide out the oven rack and place the roasting pan on the rack. Carefully fill the roasting pan with boiling water halfway up the ramekins, taking care not to splash any water into the custards. Slide the rack back into place. Bake until the custards are just set but still jiggle when tapped and a thin knife inserted into the center of one of the custards comes out clean, 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the size, depth, and thickness of the ramekins (use the “jiggle test” and knife tester as your clues for doneness.) Let the custards cool out of the roasting pan for 5 minutes. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill for 3 to 4 hours.
  6. To serve, top each pot de crème with a dollop of whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a smattering of flaky sea salt.

 

Buttermilk Caramel Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 7 oz (1 cup/200 grams) turbinado sugar or grated piloncillo
  • 2 tbsp (1 oz/28 grams) water
  • 1 tbsp honey, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 oz (4 tbsp/57 grams) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 4¼ oz (1/2 cup/120 grams) buttermilk, well-shaken
  • 4¼ oz (1/2 cup/120 grams) heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, gently stir together the sugar, water, honey, and salt. Set the pan over medium-high heat. Stirring gently, bring the mixture to a boil, and then stop stirring. Cook the sugar syrup until it caramelizes, about 5 to 7 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally. The color of the sugar will make it a bit tough to gauge by sight if the sugar is caramelizing, so watch for a thickening of the syrup and a few wisps of smoke coming from the pot, and keep your nose tuned in for a slightly smoky smell; if you’d like to use a candy thermometer for extra insurance, caramelization will happen at about 300 F.
  2. Remove the caramel from the heat and whisk in the butter. Carefully whisk in the buttermilk and cream. Place the pan back on the heat and bring the caramel back up to a simmer, whisking all the while. Cook for 1 additional minute; if any lumps formed when you poured in the liquids, they should smooth out completely during this time. Remove the pan from the heat again and whisk in the vanilla extract. Chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

 

source : sugarhero

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Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème

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Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème

Yield : 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

6 large egg yolks

6 ounces Mexican chocolate, preferably Ibarra, finely chopped

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, plus shavings for garnish

Unsweetened whipped cream, for serving

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the whole milk with the heavy cream and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks until combined. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot milk, then transfer the mixture to the saucepan. Cook the custard over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until it is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Immediately add the finely chopped Mexican and bittersweet chocolate and remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted, then strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup or bowl. Pour the chocolate mixture into 6 small bowls and refrigerate until the pots de crème are chilled, at least 6 hours or overnight. Serve the pots de crème with unsweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings. 

MAKE AHEAD: The pots de crème can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

source : foodandwine

Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème

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Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème

Yield : 2 servings

This quick version of a classic French pudding comes together on the stovetop in minutes and then chills during dinner.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup half-and-half

1/4 cup whole milk

2 large egg yolks

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

2 Tbs. granulated sugar

Kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the half-and-half and milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until scalding hot. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl. Slowly whisk the hot milk mixture into the eggs.

Return the milk mixture to the pan, reduce the heat to low, and whisk until it thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate chips, sugar, and a pinch of salt; whisk until melted. Strain through a medium-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Divide the mixture between two 6-oz. ramekins or serving glasses. Refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour.

source : finecooking

Chocolate Pots de Crème

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

Yield : 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 cups half-and-half

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup sugar

3 large egg yolks

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon hazelnut-flavored liqueur, such as Frangelico (optional)

Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Bring half-and-half just to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; add chocolate and sugar. Let stand 5 minutes.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together yolks, vanilla, cocoa, salt, and liqueur if desired. With a fork, stir chocolate mixture until smooth, then gradually stir into yolk mixture. Pour through a fine sieve into a glass measuring cup.

  3. Place 4 custard cups or ramekins (3 to 4 ounces each) in a shallow roasting pan, and divide chocolate mixture among them. Pour hot water into the pan so it reaches halfway up the sides of cups.

  4. Bake until custards are almost set in centers, about 30 minutes (custards will firm as they cool). Carefully remove cups from hot-water bath; let cool slightly.

  5. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate. Just before serving, dollop with whipped cream, if desired.

source:marthastewart

Chocolate Pots de Crème

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

Yield : 2 servings

This quick version of a classic French pudding comes together on the stovetop in minutes and then chills during dinner.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces, weight Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 4 whole Eggs, Room Temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract (or Cognac, Grand Marnier, Etc.)
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 8 ounces, fluid Strong Hot Coffee

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DIRECTIONS:

First thing to do is to take your eggs out of the refrigerator ahead of time and let them come to room temperature before starting.

When eggs are at room temperature you can begin by placing the chocolate chips into a blender. Follow this with the eggs and the vanilla (or liqueur). Add a pinch of salt. Turn on the blender.

While it is blending, remove the circular disk from the blender lid and very slowly pour in 8 ounces of strong, VERY HOT coffee. It is essential that your coffee be extremely hot in order for the final product to be the right consistency and texture.

Blend for a minute or so until mixture is smooth and fairly free of visible bits of chocolate.

Pour the mixture into your serving glasses or little demitasse cups, leaving plenty of room to add a heap of whipped cream later.

Place in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 hours so the mixture has a chance to set.

Garnish with whipped cream and maybe a chocolate curl or two and you have an easy, delicious and yes, elegant, dessert!

source : thepioneerwoman

Milk-Chocolate Pots de Crème

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Milk-Chocolate Pots de Crème

Yield : 2 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • Crème fraîche and chocolate shavings, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large heatproof bowl, combine the milk and bittersweet chocolates.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk, heavy cream and sugar to a boil, whisking constantly until the sugar is dissolved. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Gradually whisk in half of the hot cream. Whisk the egg-and-cream mixture into the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the custard coats the back of the spoon, about 4 minutes. Pour the custard over the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes, then stir until smooth.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until very smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the mixture into eight 4-ounce ramekins and refrigerate until chilled, 2 hours.
  4. Let the pots de crème stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Garnish with crème fraîche and chocolate shavings; serve.

 

MAKE AHEAD : The pots de crème can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

SUGGESTED PAIRING: Luscious, caramel-inflected tawny Port.

source: foodandwine

Chocolate Pots de Crème

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

Yield : 6-8 servings

INGREDIENTS:

9 ounces high-quality semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
6 large egg yolks
5 tablespoons granulated sugar (add an extra tablespoon if using bitter chocolate)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

DIRECTIONS: 

Place the chocolate in a blender. Whisk the milk, 1 cup cream, egg yolks, granulated sugar and salt in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spatula and almost boiling, 5 to 6 minutes.

Immediately pour the milk mixture over the chocolate in the blender. Cover and hold the lid with a thick kitchen towel; blend until combined and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Divide the chocolate mixture among ramekins or small cups and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

Whip the remaining 1/2 cup cream and the confectioners’ sugar with a mixer or in the blender until soft peaks form. Top the chilled pots de creme with whipped cream.

source: foodnetwork