Some desserts remind us of someone we love, a simpler time, or have been a favorite for years. Like my Dad's favorite graham cracker, chocolate pudding and whipped cream dessert Mom makes it every year for his birthday. It's basically those three ingredients, layered and chilled. I think he could eat the whole batch! Those recipes are untouchable, but it's fabulous to try something new, decadent and delicious that could be come a tradition in the future. If you've never tried pots-de-creme, this recipe simplifies the process by melting rich dark chocolate with a simple warm custard and chilling the results in small ramekins or teacups for several hours before topping with fresh whipped cream and devouring. The recipe I use here was shared with me by a former boss turned friend, G.O, who also loves to cook. Thank you G.O!! The only twist I added was an extra flavoring ingredient... a gift from my sister who visited the Dominican Republic recently. She hates liqueur in any dessert but I think it brings another dimension of flavor. Try hazelnut liqueur or almond extract instead for a different twist!
I know we're approaching summer in the Northern Hemisphere so your thighs won't thank me but take the stairs a few extra times--these pots-de-creme are worth it.
1.5 cups of heavy cream
3/4 cup of half-and-half
5 large egg yolks (save the whites for an omelet!)
5 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
|strainer is a good idea|
|don't touch until they've cooled!|
|I shared with my husband.|