Pots de crème are creamy custards served in tiny cups. Make this dessert the night before, and chill until you're ready to serve.
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups fat-free milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place eggs in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk until eggs are lightly beaten.
Combine milk, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally (about 3 minutes). Add vanilla and chocolate; stir until chocolate melts.
Gradually add 1/4 cup hot milk mixture to eggs, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add egg mixture to milk mixture in pan, stirring with a whisk to combine. Pour into 8 (4-ounce) ramekins. Place ramekins in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove ramekins from pan; cool completely on a wire rack. Chill 8 hours or overnight.
I used 1% milk. As others have noted, the texture was grainy. I served it to guests (there were 4 of us) and only 1 person finished it. Thankfully my guests were willing guinea pigs and we had a back up dessert. The taste was fine, but the texture was very off-putting. I won't make this again.
I made this recipe exactly as written. While I'll agree with other reviewers that there was a difference in texture between the top and bottom portions of the desserts, I didn't find this offputting. My guests and I really liked the denser "crust" on top, and the inside didn't strike me as grainy (it wasn't as smooth as pudding, but I wasn't expecting it to be, so no disappointment there). Overall, it tasted terrific and I would definitely make it again for a future dinner party, perhaps topped with some fresh whipped cream and raspberries.
A rare Cooking Light miss. The texture inside was watery and grainy, although the taste was fine. I should have gone with the recipe from the French cookbook that called for 10 egg yolks and an inordinate amount of cream but out of respect for my guests' health, I didn't! I did add a dollop of whipped cream and some raspberries. Although they looked pretty, the additions didn't help the overall texture.
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