We had our nice new neighbor over for dinner last night. We ate, talked, laughed and just had a wonderful time enjoying each others’ company. We had salad, lasagna (made with homemade ricotta!), garlic bread, some wine and finally these pots de creme. What’s pot de creme? It’s French for the creamiest, richest, most chocolate pudding you can eat. They are a win/win proposition no matter how you look at it. They’re elegant, scrumptious and easy to make. I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe found here. Top them off with homemade whipped cream and grated chocolate. They look like you spent hours making them but, in fact, you only spent minutes. If you don’t have espresso powder, use strong, freshly brewed coffee instead. I guarantee once you taste this you’ll never buy that little box of instant pudding ever again.
Pots de Creme
Makes 5 servings
12 oz. bag semi -sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 Tbs. instant espresso powder
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold heavy cream
2 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
chocolate for grating over top of the whipped cream (I just used a few semi-sweet chocolate chips)
Mix the espresso powder with the boiling water. Set aside. Place the chocolate chips, vanilla, salt and eggs in a blender. Pulse a few times to break up the chocolate a bit. Turn the blender on to low. Leaving the lid on but opening the hole in the top of the lid, pour the espresso into the blender in a steady stream. Blend for 2-3 minutes until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into small dessert dishes, wine glasses or on the rocks glasses. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until pudding is set. Just before serving make the whipped cream by adding the cream, sugar and vanilla bean paste to a small mixing bowl. Beat on low with a hand held electric mixer, slowly increasing the speed to high until the cream holds stiff peaks. Pipe or spoon the whipped cream on the pots de creme. Use a microplane grater to grate the chocolate over the whipped cream. Enjoy!
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,