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Coffee and Chocolate Pots de Crème

Posted By Vera On December 2, 2007 @ 12:52 am In Creamy desserts (custards, mousses, etc.),Desserts | 1 Comment

This is the easiest chocolate dessert and also the fastest to prepare. Although it needs 2 hours of chilling time. Sure, the flavor greatly depends on the quality of the ingredients, so buy excellent chocolate and you will get wonderfully tasted pots de crèmes.

A word of caution though – the eggs in this dessert are not fully cooked. I usually buy the freshest organic eggs and wash the shells thoroughly before using. But if you still have any concerns, replace the eggs with pasteurized ones.

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs, washed, patted dry
  • 6 oz bittersweet finely chopped
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coarsely ground espresso beans
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp Kahlua (I usually use “Extra Strength” )
  • Whipped cream and chocolate covered espresso beans for garnish

Put the espresso beans and cream into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, take off the heat, cover and let stand for a few minutes. Strain the cream through a fine mesh strainer lined with a double layer of a cheese cloth.

In a blender, blend the eggs, chocolate, and vanilla until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Slowly add the hot cream and continue blending until mixed well. Add the Kahlua, process for a moment.

Pour the custard into demitasse cups or small ramekins. Cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Right before serving, dollop the custards with the whipped cream and the chocolate coffee beans.

They are very nice served with crunchy cookies like Espresso Pretzels [1].

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[4] "Better than a Fruitcake" Cake: http://www.bakingobsession.com/2009/12/18/better-than-a-fruitcake-cake/

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