Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Chocolate Pots de Creme


I didn't plan it this way, but it's shaping up to be pudding week at Lethally Delicious. We started with chocolate panna cotta (Italian chocolate pudding to me), are moving on to chocolate pots de creme (French chocolate pudding) and I'll have another chocolate pudding post on Sunday.

And while I never would have chosen to consume so much heavy cream in one week, it has presented an interesting opportunity to compare and contrast different methods for making what is basically an emulsion of chocolate in heavy cream.
While the panna cotta was thickened with gelatin, these pots de creme rely on egg yolks and cook in a water bath.

I used Valrhona 70% bittersweet chocolate because I was searching for deep chocolate flavor and with only 4 ounces of chocolate for 3 cups of cream and milk, high percentage chocolate was a must. Although the custard seemed like the flavor would be light weight, the finished pots de creme were lushly chocolate and creamy. Very dangerous, I must somehow share the rest...

Check out what the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers thought here. And please visit Christine of Black Cat Cooking for the recipe. She's our host this week and I have her to thank for finding this week's best pudding recipe!

13 comments:

Valerie said...

Your pots de creme looks luscious! Yay for heavy cream! :D

Nicole said...

I used 55% chocolate and mine was a little sweeter. It was good too! Yours looks wonderful.

Tia said...

this looks like perfection in a ramekin!
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Torviewtoronto said...

this looks good and delicious chocolate

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What an incredible photo of that panna cotta. It captures its lucious texture! I want some!

Kayte said...

What is it with these little white ramekins, does everyone own these except for me??? Obviously, I am dishware deprived. Yours little pots de creme look adorable. I want some of those little dishes.

mike509 said...

Panna cotta - I must try that - if it's anything like the pudding....! What nice photos (they looks so smart and delicious in white ramekins). I must find mine....! Looks wonderful!

spike. said...

that's a lot of fancy chocolate puddings/custards at your house! yum

jillbert said...

Oh that looks tempting! I have a feeling this is tastier than my usual sugar-free instant chocolate pudding!

Karen said...

Looks delicious! Fun to try the different recipes! :)

Mary said...

Can I have some extra pudding? There should be an official pudding week :).

Jessica said...

I used that chocolate too, and it was incredible. You are a real trouper for making so much chocolate pudding in one week - actually three times a week seems about right!

margot said...

I sat out this week since we're making pudding for SMS, but I've seen so many rave reviews that I might have to try it soon.