A treat for your Valentine

Not to add to anyone’s homemaking stress level, but nothing says Happy St. Valentine’s Day more than a silky, rich, chocolate pots de creme.(Keep in mind I had a gourmet cook for a mother…this was her go-to dessert. Pots de creme pots were high priority essentials on my wedding registry list.)

If you are like me and add cream to your coffee, you will have all the ingredients!

Pots de Creme au Chocolate

2 oz bittersweet chocolate (I use semi sweet chocolate chips if I don’t have good stuff)

1 C heavy cream

3 egg yolks

2 T sugar

2 t pure vanilla

Preheat oven to 325.

Add cream and chocolate to a heavy saucepan and heat, stirring, over med-low until melted. (Don’t let boil.) Let cool to warm.

Beat egg yolks until lemon colored. Add sugar slowly while beating. Slowly stir in warm cream mixture to eggs a little a a time so it doesn’t cook the egg. Stir in vanilla.

Pour into 6 little pots with lids or custard cups (cover with foil) and place cups in a 13×9 pan and fill pan with 1″ hot water. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool and chill for several hours.

(based on an old Williams-Sonoma recipe)

  • Anonymous

    Sounds delicious!

  • AWOL Mommy

    Honey, for your Valentine’s Day gift, I would like to present you 75 grams of fat. Kiss kiss. nnTex, I love these puppies. love them.

    • Texas Mommy

      When you are not supposed to chew, you take your calories any way you can. My jaw is still regretting having the kids make pizzas when Juris Mater was here, so I say bring on the chocolate pots. Plus, the blasted pots only hold a few tablespoons each, which is why my husband keeps telling me to make it in a big bowl for him.

  • Kat

    Yum!nTex, you sounded awfully peppy this morning on the phone for someone who isn’t eating solid foods. I didn’t know that you were supposed to be totally on a “no-chew” diet – how is that going? You must be eating lots of smoothies and ice cream!

    • Texas Mommy

      First of all, that wasn’t “pep” as much as adrenaline as I tried to keep the little boys out of the fountain in front of our library. nnSorry, that was an exaggeration, I can chew, just not hard or chewy things. Bagels and pizza and nuts have me crying for mercy, but pasta, yougart and stews are good. I have been drinking the “green machine” smoothies they sell at Costco, though! And, any diet that includes ice cream and wine can’t be too bad!!

  • Juris Mater

    So gourmet. These don’t look fire-proof enough for me (my last attempt at homemade caramel involved many of these ingredients and we had a little problem), but I’d certainly eat 4 or 5 of them of you cooked them, Tex.nnHAPPY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL! Enjoy the romance!!


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