Quick Pots de Creme: Easy sweet

Raise your hand – who wants to make the fastest, easiest, richest-creamiest-chocolatiest ELEGANT dessert – ever?

OK, hands down.

As in hands down, these Quick Pots de Crême are the best darned “chocolate pudding” you’ve ever tasted.

Start your stopwatch – you’ll discover just how quick these really are.

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Place 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional) in a blender or food processor and pulse until finely ground.

Add 1 large egg and pulse just until the mixture is smooth.

Note: If you worry about food safety issues around uncooked eggs, use a pasteurized egg.

Heat 1 cup heavy cream to just below a boil, with small bubbles forming around the edge of the saucepan (or microwave-safe bowl). Turn on the blender or processor, and slowly add the cream. Scrape down the sides of the container if necessary.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; or 2 tablespoons liqueur, if desired. Here I’ve opted for Kahlua. Pulse to blend.

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Divide among 6 individual serving cups, about 1/3 cup crême in each. Cover with plastic wrap, not touching the surface. I put the six ramekins in a 9″ x 13″ pan, then covered the pan with plastic wrap; consolidating them made it easier to move the crêmes around.

OK, here comes the not-so-fast part: Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.

The crêmes will become quite solid; firmer than pudding, somewhere between the texture of thick Greek yogurt and cream cheese.

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Serve with whipped cream, if desired. Or, as I’ve done here, with a simple splash of heavy cream, raspberries on the side.

Or simply garnish with a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and fresh berries.

Then again, you can also turn this into instant-gratification, no-bake chocolate cream pie!

Here’s how I do it: Crush 24 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 9 1/2 ounces cookies) in your food processor. Add 1/4 cup melted butter; pulse to blend. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ pie pan. Place in the fridge to chill while you make the pots de crême, which will now become pie filling.

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Double the pots de crême recipe, using 2 cups chips, 2 eggs, 2 cups cream, etc. Pour it into the chilled crust.

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Depending on the depth of your pie pan (this pan is 1 1/2″ deep), you may have extra crême left over; I had about 1/4 cup. No problem – just pour it into a little cup and stash in the fridge – baker’s treat!

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Chill the pie in the fridge until cold, then place in the freezer, covered in plastic wrap. Once frozen, it’ll be quite hard; remove it from the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to slice and serve it.

So, what are you waiting for? In the time it took you to read this blog post – you could have had Quick Pots de Crême chilling for tonight’s dessert!

Read, make, and review (please) our recipe for Quick Pots de Crême.

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Note: Again, if you worry about raw eggs and food safety issues, use a pasteurized egg in this recipe.

 

 

PJ Hamel
About

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

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  1. monkeydevil

    I have made this fabulous recipe at least 4 times now and it is always a hit. I make for our annual Christmas party and use little stemmed cordial glasses and top each with fresh whipped cream and either a fresh raspberry and mint leaf or some shaved chocolate. I bought some tiny stainless steel spoons on Amazon to go with them but also got little plastic ones for those occasions where the metal ones might get thrown out.

    Today I am making this recipe as a chocolate cream pie. I made the oreo cookie crust and used kahlua and my only deviation was to use 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 bittersweet chocolate chips (Ghiradelli) to make it a bit more “adult”. Will be topping with whipped cream and raspberries. I use my Vitamix to whip up this recipe and it comes together in a flash! Highly recommend making this – it is delicious, you only need a small amount per serving as it is rich and it really “fancies up” easily.

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