Monday, March 5, 2012

Sassy Sweets: Homemade Chocolate Pot de Creme

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Remember I talked about M's huge chocolate bar a few weeks ago?  Well, since then, Mom has wanted to use up the remaining chocolate.  Every week when we contemplate what to make for Sunday night dessert, she wants to make chocolate pudding.  EVERY WEEK!  I've put her off a few weeks now, first using it for the Baked Hot Chocolate and then delicious brownies.  But finally, this week she hounded me until I acquiesced. 

The problem with chocolate pudding is most of the time, it just uses cocoa.  Mom wanted to use the chocolate chips instead.  That called for a pot de creme.  I've always wanted to make a pot de creme but I've always been intimidated.  We found a great (very easy) recipe from Hershey and set about trying to make it ourselves.

Now in our house, only Awa could enjoy a big gulp of melted chocolate.  So to appease everyone, I set about making a delicious and fast whipped cream.  Since we've all hit the 21 year mark (except for M who will in just a few short months), I added some amaretto to the whipped cream.  I think that Bailey's would be just as delicious!
Homemade Chocolate Pot de Creme (adapted from here)
Serves:  4
2 cups chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
1/4 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon amaretto

In a large saucepan, mix chocolate chips, 1/2 cup cream, and skim milk, over medium heat.  When the chocolate is melted and smooth (about 5-8 minutes), remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour into your ramekins or glasses.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours (we kept them overnight).  Right before serving, whip remaining heavy whipping cream and sugar.  Once the cream has whipped, add the amaretto and fold in to fully incorporate.  Top each pot de creme with whipped cream.  Serve immediately.

Until the next time my oven is on...

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