Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Easy Pot de Creme au chocolat

The end of October into the 2nd week of November is BUSY around the Witch household. All 3 of us have birthdays with in 3 weeks of each other! This past weekend it was the Husband's birthday so I decided to make him a very special dessert, pot de creme. Pot de creme is french for pots of cream - also code for very rich chocolate pudding/mousse hybrid. It can be intimidating - however the Witch is here to quell those intimidations with this awesome recipe.

While looking for a recipe to make my pot de creme I ran across the Pioneer Woman's version which claimed to be 'easy' - something that usually intrigues me. Further reading revealed that indeed this would be easy, there's no baking involved!! WOO HOO thank you Pioneer Woman!

There's great news and horrible news I have to report with the pot de creme. The great news is that they are amazing!! Rich, fluffy, silky, chocolate & mocha flavored pots of creamy goodness. Really they are absolutely amazing!!

So whats the bad news then, Kitchen Witch?

They take less than 5 minutes to make. And all the ingredients are pretty standard in a well stocked pantry. 5 minutes people. This is HORRIBLE news! (to my diet and waistline that is!)

This amazing little treat calls for 5 ingredients: high quality chocolate chips, eggs (again high quality), screamin' hot coffee, salt and vanilla. The extra hot coffee, combined with the friction of the blades, essentially cook the eggs resulting in a french silk type of chocolaty concoction, dense, yet light, smooth and creamy. The hot coffee also aids in the melting of the chocolate. Yes I was dubious about this recipe, after all 5 ingredients and no cooking, how good can it really be??? Believe me when I tell you its amazing!! Treat the chocoholic in your life to a pot de creme. They'll be very happy you did!

Easy Pot de Creme du Chocolate
makes 6 servings
From The Pioneer Woman
1 12 oz bag high quality chocolate chips
4 whole eggs at room temperature
8 oz very hot very strong coffee (I used Starbucks VIA Italian roast)
pinch salt
1T vanilla
OPTIONAL 2T liquor like amaretto, Grand Mariner, or other flavored liquor
Fresh whipped cream (optional)



In the carafe of your blender add the chocolate chips. Add the eggs, vanilla (and optional liquor) and salt.

Blend on low speed for about 30 seconds.

With the stopper top open SLOWLY add the very hot coffee to the eggs & chocolate. Blend on low until chocolate starts to melt then increase to medium. Blend about 1 to 2 minutes. Mixture will double in volume and the chocolate will be completely melted when the mixing is done.

Pour into 6 ramekins or tea cups. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving.

Top with fresh whipped cream if desired.


~*~Kitchen Witch Tip: If you're nervous about the eggs you can use pasteurized eggs or an egg substitute product. I've never tried this recipe with an egg substitute (egg beaters or the like) so I make no promises on how it'll turn out. I buy only high quality organic eggs so I'm pretty comfortable about them, and the very hot boiling coffee cook the eggs essentially. However I eat raw cookie dough often and nothings happened to me so I'm ok with them here. Use your judgment and do whats best for you and your family!~*~

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316.5
Total Fat 18.5 g
Saturated Fat 10.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 141.7 mg
Sodium 68.7 mg
Potassium 60.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 38.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
Sugars 30.3 g
Protein 4.2 g

8 comments:

Jenn said...

I think I might be in love...I mean that much chocolate-y goodness in a small little ramekin...OH YUM!! You weren't kidding, that is WAY simple. I LOVE that you don't have to bake it!

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, I can't even believe I'm looking at something so luscious and there is no possibility of having it RIGHT NOW!!! How am I supposed to get any work done today, as I fixate upon that???

kseaman236 said...

Damn you, damn you, damn you!!! I am so jealous of you right now!!! Not only are you eating this freaking awesome dessert, you made it your awesome blender!!! I'm not sure my cheap-!@# blender has the power to make this happen!!! To be the kitchen witch's husband is a lucky thing indeed!! Does that make him the kitchen wizard?

Design Wine and Dine said...

Oh, these look too, too good! So you guys are like us...with all the birthday's smushed together!!! I feel your pain!

I am 100% positive I will be making these soon. My husband LOVES this kind of thing! WHO DOESN'T! Thanks for sharing!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

this is pretty quick version, love they look yum!

Siri said...

Holy deliciousness!! Happy birthday Husband!

Melissa said...

That sounds like the best birthday treat! I wish my birthday was coming up...

M @ Betty Crapper said...

I eat raw cookie dough and cake batter all the time. I can't resist and I've never gotten sick. I still wouldn't feed this to my daughter or husband. I would simply hoard it all to myself and proclaim the danger of salmonella.

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