Monday, 2 April 2012

Chocolate Espresso Pots de Creme



I had lots of egg yolks leftover from my first disastrous attempts at macarons (I am pleased to report that I have since had great success).  I googgled egg yolk recipes and came across this recipe from epicurious.com. I'm not a coffee drinker but I love coffee in desserts. Last time I made mini custard pots with different flavours, the coffee one was my favourite. These were relatively simple to make and tasted absolutely amazing!! It's really rich, creamy and decadent. You really only need a few spoonfuls as it's too rich to have the whole portion in 1 sitting. If you like coffee, chocolate and creamy desserts then do give this a try. 

I'm sending this to Javelin Warrior's Made with Love Mondays  where the aim is to make something from scratch ie no prepared ingredients and I think this fits the bill. 


and also to Frugal Food Fridays run by Helen from Fuss Free Flavours and hosted by Utterly Scrummy this month as this is uses up leftovers and is quick and easy to make. 





 I got to use my new Russian Doll measuring cups. 

 finely chop the chocolate 
 measure out the cream and milk 

 adding lots of espresso powder as I love the coffee kick! 

 whisk the egg yolks and sugar 




 almost ready.. 

 bake in a water bath 

 cover with foil - remember to poke holes in them 


 can you see how silky smooth the texture is? 


Recipe adapted from epicurious.com

170g chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/3 cups double cream (~305mls)
2/3 cup milk (~550mls)
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder (adjust to taste)
6 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar

  • Preheat the oven to 170C. 
  • Finely chop the chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl.
  • Place the cream, milk and espresso powder (optional: you can add in Baileys or Kahlua here to taste) in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. 
  • Pour this hot mixture over the chopped chocolate, whisking as you pour until the mixture is smooth. 
  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in another bowl. 
  • Add the warm chocolate mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. 
  • Pour the final mixture through a fine mesh sieve and cool completely. 
  • Divide the mixture into ramekin bowls. 
  • Place the ramekins in a large roasting tray. 
  • Prepare a water bath by filling the roasting tray with hot water until it's approximately half full then carefully place the ramekins inside. Top up with extra water if necessary. 
  • Cover with a large sheet of foil. 
  • Poke holes through the foil with a fork or knife. 
  • Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes until they are set around the edges but still wobbly in the centre. 
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack then refrigerate for best results.
  • Serve with some chocolate covered coffee beans or a sprinkle of cocoa powder. 

32 comments:

  1. I also dislike coffee but love coffee desserts....and these look delicious! Love the measuring cups too..jealous!

    Nom! x

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    1. Thanks and the measuring cups are cute, aren't they? :)

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  2. Yum I like these - so the macs did not go well then? That is macs for you however look what you made instead - delish!

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    1. First attempt at macs didnt go well. I've added links to the post now. I had these lovely pots to cheer me up whilst staring at my pile of mac shells!

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  3. I'm the same way about coffee desserts! These look so decadent. I love your new measuring cups!

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    1. These are seriously rich and creamy. I'm glad you like the measuring cups - I couldn't resist when I saw them :)

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  4. Lovely. Very rich and delicious, I'm sure!

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    1. They were extremely rich and creamy and very delicious indeed!

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  5. The texture is amazing - especially because there's no gelatin involved! I love how simple the ingredient list is - marvelous :) Thank you so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays and it certainly embraces the spirit of the challenge!

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    1. Thanks for hosting a fabulous challenge. These really were a lovely, decadent treat :)

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  6. Hi Baking Addict, look awesome. I like the silky smooth texture. I bookmark this recipe if I got extra egg yolks. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice day.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. Do let me know what you think if you try it.

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  7. Great looking chocolate pots...I bet these are seriously decadent! They'd be great for a dinner party dessert! :-)

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    1. Thanks they are very decadent indeed!

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  8. you see... out of bad things, good things grow!

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    1. Indeed! silver lining and all that :)

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  9. I love how creamy they look, and I love coffee with chocolate. I don't have a good track record with moussey/creamy desserts, as mine seem to always turn out with tell tale lumps. These look delish though. Love the measuring cups, too! :)

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    1. Do give this a try - it's really simple. The texture was extremely smooth and creamy. Glad you like the measuring cups too :)

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  10. LOVE the texture. I can imagine how rich and decadent they must be. The combo of Coffee and chocolate is always a winner :)

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  11. They look lovely. I've got some egg yolks in the freezer - left over from meringues last month.

    Thanks for taking part in Frugal Friday.

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    1. Thanks! I've never frozen egg yolks before - great idea!

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  12. Didn't you love the measuring cups? I love mine! These look very thick and creamy. You've really jumped back into your baking haven't you! I'd probably still be being lazy after your trip! Although having said that I have at least 15 posts in my drafts folder waiting to be published! Somehow baking has overtaken me recently!

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    1. I absolutely love the measuring cups! I've been busy baking but not had time to blog. Havent even blogged about my trip which seems so far away now. I think we all have multiple drafts waiting to be published!

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  13. OMG the measuring cups are so cute :D I'd love to own a set too hehe these are so yummy ~ rich and creamy! I love how you can make good use left over ingredients hehe :D

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    1. Glad you like the measuring cups - I couldn't resist! I'm pleased I was able to make such a delicious dessert from a few ingredients.

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  14. Marvelous texture!!! I must try these~

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    1. Thanks! It was really, really smooth and creamy :)

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  15. The texture looks amazing. I just wish my husband would eat coffee flavoured desserts!

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    1. Thanks! It was really smooth and rich. You could make this non-coffee flavoured or just eat it all yourself :)

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  16. Oh what a lovely idea! Sounds easy to make as well. Thanks for the great post!

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