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SHF27: Chai Chocolate Pots de Creme with Dagoba Chocolate

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Actually, a better name would have been, “Sugar High I’m an Idiot Day.” I thought it was due on the 26th, (Friday) but entries were due yesterday.

*sigh*

I need to read directions better. Regardless, food bloggers everywhere (with good reading comprehension skills) have posted their recipes and they have been rounded up here. Please give it a read and feel the chocolate love!

What I chose to make was a recipe from the current Eating Well Magazine — Chai Chocolate Pots de Creme, using Dagoba organic chocolate from Ashland, Oregon. The type I used was Milagros 68% – Peru – Single Origin — two bars, $8.00 total at a store by my house. Well worth it, in my opinion. And actually, it was jwa’s $8 as he paid for the chocolate and a bag of rigatoni at Pasta Works last weekend.

A quick note on chocolates — if it doesn’t specifically say 68% cacao or some higher percentage like that right on the package, it’s most likely under 65%, so you’d use more chocolate and less sugar as noted below in the recipe.

Chai Chocolate Pots de Creme
It says this makes eight pots de creme but I say six — I guess it depends on the size of your ramekins.
2/3 cup whipping cream
4 cardamom pods, crushed
7 whole cloves
4 slices fresh ginger
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (if your chocolate is under 65% cacao, use 4.5 ounces instead), shaved, chips or other small pieces
1 1/2 cups fat free milk (or 2%)
1/4 cup sugar (again, if using less than 65%, use 3 tbsp sugar instead)
1 large egg
3 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
Garnish: Whipped cream
Garnish: Crystallized ginger

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place ramekins in a baking dish — if there’s a lot of extra room, place the ramekins on top of a tea towel or a few paper towels to keep the ramekins from moving around.

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Heat the cream, cardamom, cloves and ginger in a small pot. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes. Return to the heat and briefly bring back to a boil.

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Place the chocolate in a large measuring cup and pour the hot cream through a strainer and down over the chocolate. Press down on the spices to extract as much of the cream as possible. Let the cream/chocolate mixture sit for three minutes. Don’t stir.

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After the inactive three minutes, stir away until the chocolate melts and it is all smooth and you just want to slurp it up with a straw. If it’s not melted completely, pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

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In the pot you used to boil the cream, add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Slowly pour about 2/3 of the hot milk into the chocolate while stirring.

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In another bowl, whisk the egg, yolks and vanilla in a small bowl. Slowly, while whisking, pour the remaining 1/3 hot milk into the egg/milk mixture. Strain that into the chocolate mixture and mix it all to combine.

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Evenly divide the custard among the ramekins. Place the baking dish on a low oven rack and slowly pour hot water into the baking dish so that it comes up about 3/4 inch up the sides of the ramekins. Bake until the tops of the custards are barely set — about 16-20 minutes.

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Let cool for about 1 hour and then refrigerate for about three hours until well chilled. Or, enjoy them at room temperature — that’s what we did. Couldn’t wait for refrigerator time. So good.

Garnish with whipped cream and sliced crystallized ginger.

6 comments to SHF27: Chai Chocolate Pots de Creme with Dagoba Chocolate

  • Those look delicious! Excellent flavour combination.

  • I also misread the entry date but considering my non blogging skills lately. I have made the recipes for the events but totally space blogging about them until after the round-ups are posted.

    I was going to use Dagoba Chocolate and regular chocolate and make a comparison based on my favorite flourless chocolate cake.

  • mlb

    Brilynn: Thanks :) Yep, they were really, really good!

    Chrispy: That’s a great idea. You should still do that and blog about it! It would be interesting to make one with, say, hershey’s or tollhouse or some grocery store brand chocolate, then do one with a slightly higher grade like ghiradhelli and then do one with a premium, high end brand. Then blind taste test them all and share the results.

    jwa and I have been meaning to do something like that with coffees. Match up say, foldgers, starbucks, stumptown and illy. Do a drinking taste test and a recipe taste test…

  • It seems as though a lot of us missed the Sugar High deadline! Your lovely instructions and photographs are making me drool. Very well done!

  • I’m a little late with the compliments here, but I just made these pots de creme the other night, and they were amazing! So glad to have stumbled upon your blog!

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