End a special-occasion dinner on a memorable note by serving these Chocolate Pots de Creme. These moist little pots of chocolate are far easier to make than most people think. I tried a few times before I got it right but when I did OMG moment. When you include the caramelised shards, this becomes a perfect dessert for a special meal. Have a light meal as the main course to make sure you have room for this dessert. I do not normally have dessert but make an exception when this is on the menu. Add a drop of Whiskey or Cointreau to the mix for a hands free adult version.
Chocolate Pots de Creme
- In a heavy small saucepan combine the half-and-half or light cream, chocolate, and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat about 10 minutes or until mixture reaches a full boil and thickens.
- Gradually stir about half of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks. Return all of the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
- Pour chocolate mixture into 4 or 6 pots de creme cups or small dessert dishes. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours. If desired, top with Caramelized Shards.
- Makes 4 to 6 servings.
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil; coat foil with nonstick cooking spray.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon slivered almonds onto prepared foil. Bake in preheated oven 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted.
- Meanwhile, place 1/3 cup sugar in a heavy 10-inch skillet. Heat over medium-high heat until sugar begins to melt, shaking skillet occasionally to heat sugar evenly. Do not stir.
- When sugar begins to melt, reduce heat to low. Cook for 2 minutes more or until sugar is melted and lightly golden, stirring as needed with a wooden spoon. Remove pan from heat.
- Stir in 1/2 teaspoon hot water. Immediately pour over nuts on hot baking sheet. Let cool for 1 minute. Using 2 forks, gently pull caramel as thinly as possible, lifting up slightly as you pull.
- Let cool thoroughly on foil. Break into pieces; store tightly covered up to 3 days.