Pots de crème au chocolat pour les Pâques

Pots de crème au chocolat pour les Pâques

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This one goes out to all the people I know who actually gave up chocolate for Lent. They also had to give ME up for Lent, because people who are not eating chocolate should not be around me.

The fact that I know people who gave chocolate up for Lent just proves that you can be friends with people who are very, very different from you. Baffled friends, but friends still.

Also, a little known fact about me, I did once–once–give up chocolate for Lent. Once I even gave up all sugar for Lent. What this proves is that I once, a very long time ago, had willpower. It also explains why I decided willpower was over-rated.

This is also my contribution to Shabby in the City’s Virtual Potluck, a day late. I am going to pretend like it was a day late because Shabby had a virtual potluck on a Day of Fasting and Abstinence (Shabby, was that an accident or on purpose?). But if you take a look at what I was making yesterday evening, on this Day of Fasting and Abstinence you will know that I wasn’t doing much fasting by that point.

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It’s hard to make chocolate things without eating all the stray bits.

Pots de crème au chocolat

This is a French classic. The recipe I used is as follows, however let me make it clear that this is not a recipe I consider done. I have quite a lot more experimenting I want to do before I get a pot de crème recipe to my satisfaction.

1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream

5 cups chocolate chips (Guittardi or Ghirardelli)

4 large egg yolks

3/4 c. dark coffee

This will make 24 eggshell halves plus 2 larger portions for Sébastien and Laura. If you are making it for 4 people, try 1 cup cream, 7 oz chocolate, 1 egg yolk, 3 tbsp coffee.

Heat cream until just before it starts to simmer. Pour over chocolate. Let stand a minute or two and mix. Add egg yolks and dark (still pretty hot) coffee and mix with beaters, whipping some air into them. Among other things I would try differently next time are darker chocolate (these are a bit too sweet) and somewhat less of it in proportion to the cream so I can get a bit more whip into it.

Et voil� .

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The bunny part is not a French classic. (Bells not bunnies bring chocolate eggs for Easter in France. David Sedaris has an absolutely hilarious riff on this in one of his books, I shall have to find it again and reference.)

The eggshells? Well, I was inspired by the idea of how to serve pots de crème au chocolat to a large party when I didn’t have enough serving dishes, and it all developed from there…

Happy Easter, returning chocoholics!� We welcome you back!

And Happy Easter to the rest of you, too, the ones who never lapsed from your chocoholic ways!

8 Comments
  • Pots de Creme! Love the pots! Hope l’oiseaux don’t miss them 🙂
    Okay. About the whole abstinence/chocolate thing…(you were the second one to ask…) I am a Baptist and haven’t been trained on giving up anything. I understand the Lent season…but guess we don’t ‘celebrate’ it as other faiths do. Me, I’m rolling in chocolate 24/7. And thanking Jesus all the while! Also your link from my blog took us to your website so I left the link back here for anyone who might come along later. Thanks for participating! I want somebody to put together (are you sitting down?) a scavenger hunt across blogs worldwide! Wouldn’t that keep us sitting for hours??? LOL! I can imagine some awesome prizes too…

    April 7, 2007 at 5:09 pm
  • Are those plastic egg shells? At what point do you put the chocolate into the shells? ‘Cause it can’t be too hot on the plastic, am I right? These look absolutely delicious, and even (do I dare say?) not that difficult. And I DO love coffee and chocolate together. The Easter Bunny is conveniently bringing far more chocolate than the boys can eat. I can’t wait to help out.

    Happy Easter to you as well, and your family. I’ve been thinking of you…I’m guessing holidays are difficult right now.

    April 7, 2007 at 6:35 pm
  • Thanks for fixing the link, Shabby in the City! I love the scavenger hunt idea. How fun that could be.

    Amy, by the time you’ve finished mixing the cream and chocolate, etc., it’s cooled down enough that it won’t melt plastic. The only problem I had was that my plastic eggs had a little hole in them (I think most of them do), but I just put a chocolate chip over the hole before I poured, and that worked fine. Oh, and I sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon over the whipped cream I put on the top, because I like the mocha-cinnamon combination, but you could do other things. Brandy instead of the coffee flavor is another classic, but I haven’t tried that. Oh, and I like the way the Easter Bunny around your house thinks. 🙂

    April 7, 2007 at 8:09 pm
  • Ohh one is never too late for chocolate. Now add the coffee and it was worth the wait. Thank you Clarice

    April 8, 2007 at 5:51 pm
  • I think you are a chocolate maker! Orange chocolate now this! Clever!!

    April 9, 2007 at 10:58 am
  • That looks delish!

    I don’t do the whole Lent thing, so there was no giving up of the chocolate in this house. 🙂

    April 9, 2007 at 2:17 pm
  • First of all, I totally agree with your most recent post about life not being like a road!!! It’s a lot more complicated in good and not so good ways at times:-) Very profound!

    My name is Kina Fink, I am Shabby in the City’s friend, and am putting together a cutesy kind of cookbook from the recipes from the blogger potluck on April 7. I’d love to use your recipe and or artwork (photos) in the book, just need your OK:-) My email address is javagirl1111@gmail.com, or you can just post on my blog…. http://lifealakina.blogspot.com/2007/04/blogger-cookbook-buzz.html

    Blessings!

    April 14, 2007 at 4:38 pm
  • Thanks for that. We’re having a big potluck party next week, kind of for Xmas I guess and I’ve been trying to find something unique.. found some good ideas at this potluck recipe site. You know, someone should invent a website where you can write what you’ll be taking, and it would check no one brings the same thing!

    November 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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