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Salted Chocolate Pots de Creme for Two

It’s just the two of us and sometimes making a recipe as it’s called for makes way too much for us to enjoy. I love chocolate and dessert but choosing between eating it everyday for a week or being forced to toss it out just doesn’t work for me. I know, I’m crazy to not want to enjoy dessert every evening, but my scale tells me I’m not wrong. To solve this dilemma, I’ve learned to half recipes to make enough for two for a couple of evenings. Over the New Year’s Eve holiday I found a recipe for salted chocolate pots de creme and took it from 8 servings to 4. It was quite easy and I highly recommend this approach when baking sweets for two.

At first I thought this would be a difficult recipe to make, but was pleasantly surprised at just how simple it really was. If you can whisk ingredients together you can make these with ease.

salted chocolate pots de creme

Salted Chocolate Pots de Creme

The recipe calls for :

  • 4 oz of good quality 75% cacao chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 tablespoons of whole milk (or 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maldon Salt flakes to garnish

Chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof medium bowl and cover with a mesh sieve. In a medium sauce pan whisk together the sugar and egg yolks until pale. Add in the heavy cream, milk, and salt. Stir constantly over medium heat until heated to 175 degrees or for about 8 -10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Pour through the sieve over the chocolate and stir until smooth. Pour evenly into 4 5 oz. ramekins, let cool and chill for 4 hours. Sprinkle with Maldon salt flakes before serving. ( you can find it on Amazon, and no, I don’t have an affiliate link)

If you’d like to make enough for 8 servings simply double the recipe.

These salted chocolate pots de creme were a big hit with both Kevin and myself. I love that I can make these again easily when we want a sweet treat without over indulging.

Celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

Celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

It’s National Chocolate Ice Cream Day!  The day was likely started by an ice cream manufacturer in an attempt to boost the sale of chocolate ice cream.  Interesting fact, the first known chocolate ice cream dates back to 1692 when the Italians froze hot chocolate. I’m not sure if it was intentional, but it gave the world decadent chocolate ice cream to rival vanilla as the most popular flavor.

Now, I don’t need an excuse to make ice cream. I tend to make homemade ice cream all summer long. It reminds me of my childhood summers, when we would venture into the harbor for ice cream. However, if I have a readymade reason to make a batch I will happily take it. So, to celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day I whipped up a batch of the Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream.  I took a chocolate base and added chopped chocolate covered cherries to the mix. I must say it came out really well.

The recipe is super easy and eggless, which I prefer.   Using eggs in ice cream can be tricky. The eggs are mixed with milk or chream, cooked and then cooled.  They make a richer ice cream but adds an extra time consuming step to the process.

Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

To make my Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream start with:

3 cups heavying whipping cream

1-cup whole milk

1 cup Cocoa

¾ cup light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 5oz package of chocolate covered dried cherries- chopped

Mix the dry ingredients and then combine with the cream, milk and vanilla.  Add it to an ice cream maker to churn. As it’s churning pour in the chopped cherries.  Transfer to a container and freeze for about 4-6 hours.

I use the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and generally keep the two containers frozen, so I can make up ice cream whenever the mood strikes. There’s nothing worse than having to wait for it to freeze before use.

How are you celebrating National Chocolate Ice Cream Day?

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