There is no ingredient more romantic than chocolate…. At least once a month I have a craving for a over the top decadent dessert with this fabulous ingredient. Little did I know I would find the ultimate food craving satisfaction in the most simple of desserts. This one, found in the The Beekman Brother’s Cookbook, highlights good quality chocolate….
It reminds me of the most fabulous chocolate pudding ever made, served up at the Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC… (Add that to your must eat list, along with this one of course)
Orange Chocolate Pots De Creme
1 1/3 cups half and half
Grated zest of 1 orange
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup sugar
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarse chopped
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Make sure you use the good chocolate (my favorite as always is Ghirardelli). Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan, combine the half-and-half, orange zest, and salt. Bring this mixture to a simmer on low heat, remove from heat cover, and let steep 15 minutes.
Strain the orange zest out of the mix, return the half-and-half to the pan, and add the sugar. Bring it to a simmer, remove from heat, and add the chocolate. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes, or until the chocolate melts.
In a large glass measuring cup with a spout, stir together the egg yolks, cocoa powder, orange liqueur, and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the chocolate mixture. (If you beat too fast you’ll get bubbles, so take it sloe and steady) Pour the custard into six 6-ounce ramekins or teacups (perfect for valentine’s dessert). Place a folded kitchen towel into the bottom of a baking pan large enough to hold the ramekins snugly.
Place the ramekins into the pan and fill the own with hot water (until about halfway up the sides of the ramekins)
Cover the pan with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes. The custards should be set but the center will still jiggle just a bit. Uncover and remove the ramekins from the water. Let cool to room the pasture, then refrigerate until cool.
Serve with whipped cream if you like…. It is truly to die for…
Careful who you serve this one to, you have my guarantee they’ll love you forever (or at least while they eat it). Happy Saturday from my home to yours!