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Pots de Crème is a lavish dessert with an intense chocolate flavor. The surprising part is how easy it is to make! The thick, rich creme can be made ahead of time and garnished just before serving. That makes it a perfect ending to a great meal with special company.
Of course there are those days when a girl just needs a little chocolate in her life, or at least I do! Just be careful with this one, it’s very rich and a little goes a long way.
All you need is half-and-half, one egg yolk, 1 tablespoon sugar, semisweet chocolate, amaretto, vanilla and a pinch of salt.
Separate the egg yolk saving the white for another use.
Add the egg yolk and half-and-half to a heavy bottom saucepan.
Stir in a tablespoon of sugar and cook over medium heat stirring constantly. Cook for about 12 minutes or until the cream reaches 160 degrees. Be sure not to overcook the mixture or it will become too thick.
Blend together the vanilla, a pinch of salt, and the amaretto.
Stir the chocolate into the warm cream mixture.
Also add the vanilla mixture.
Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is creamy. Spoon the chocolate mixture into 4 small ramekins or cups. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
Garnish with sweetened whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired.
That’s it! So easy, very rich, not too sweet, and over the top chocolaty!
Kinda pretty too 🙂
Chocolate Amaretto Pots de Crème
(adapted from a recipe in the Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook)
1 cup half-and-half
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon sugar
8 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
4 1/2 teaspoons amaretto
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Garnish: Sweetened whipped cream and chocolate shavings
Combine the half-and-half, egg yolk and sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the mixture reaches 160 degrees, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the semi-sweet chocolate, amaretto, vanilla and salt. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
Spoon into four 4-ounce ramekins, or cups. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Top each with whipped cream and chocolate shavings just before serving.
It seems strange that today is National Pie Day and I didn’t make one! Boohoo – I feel like I didn’t turn in my homework or something. You’re probably seen enough pies from me but if not, be sure to go back and check the 52 Pie Page or if you have 4 minutes to spare, watch the Pie Video and pick one you want to make.
We’re still on baby watch, waiting patiently for our daughter to call and tell us we need to head over to the hospital to meet our grandson. 5 days until her due date! Maybe next Monday I won’t have a dessert to post, but will instead save room for my first grandchild. Let’s just say I don’t get very far from my phone these days.
Have a happy Monday and thanks so much for stopping by!
Soon to be grandma,