Pots de crème au chocolat

by Kiran on February 8, 2013 · 20 comments

in Baking, Desserts

Hello, my dear friends!!

It’s been so chilly every single day. And all I can think about is waking up to a hot cup of cocoa every single morning. With pots de creme au chocolat on the side. Or perhaps a side of chocolate croissant to further sweeten the deal?

Can I wake up to all this in Paris?

One can only dream.


Since I’m limited to dreaming about Paris for now — there’s no limitation to emulate French pastry experience in my kitchen. Nothing so complicated or fancy — something delicious that includes a lot of chocolate.

And the fact that V-Day is just around the corner, a great excuse to indulge in everything chocolaty goodness!


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Makes 4 servings


  • 2 cups of low fat milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, slitted & seeds removed
  • 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup thick coconut cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Add milk in a saucepan. Scrape vanilla bean seeds and add it into the milk with slitted whole vanilla bean. Heat milk to infuse vanilla for a few minutes on medium until milk is hot.
  3. In a bowl, whisk egg and yolks with sugar until combined. Add instant coffee powder and coconut cream. Whisk everything until smooth.
  4. Add chocolate into hot milk and whisk to melt.
  5. Temper eggs with a little hot milk + chocolate concoction, while whisking vigorously. Continue tempering until both concoctions are combined.
  6. Strain concoction back into the saucepan to smooth any lumps and heat it on low until creme slightly thickens for a few minutes. Stirring is required.
  7. Once creme has reached the desired consistency, pour it into prepared oven proof pots/ramekins. Place pots onto a deep baking dish, add hot water to create a “water bath” enough to immerse the pots halfway. Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
  8. Remove pots from water bath to cool in room temperature. Chill pots de creme in refrigerator for a few hours to completely set the custard.
  9. Dig into custard topped with chopped pistachios.



Off to get under the sheets to be transported to Paris, with the help of dream. All I can think about is sipping cappuccino with spoons digging into delicious and chocolaty French pastries. I’m drooling just thinking about it.

Are you a pastry lover like me? I have a huge sweet tooth for French pastry 😀

On a separate note — To all my friends at East Coast, if you are in the path of a terrible snow storm, we pray that you stay safe with plenty of food, water and keep warm during the turbulence. Thinking of each and every one of you.


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1 Rosa February 8, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Divine! A lovely dessert and great pictures.

I’m also a big fan of French pastries.




2 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Gorgeous!! So Springy! Pinned! 🙂
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3 dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

anything chocolatey sounds good to me and this pots de creme looks so smooth and delicious. I am thinking about it for valentines day too 🙂 and talking about pastry- yes yes and yes!
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4 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 9, 2013 at 12:31 AM

These are so, so lovely!
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5 Ina gawne February 9, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Such deliciousness! And easy to make too…yummm!
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6 Jen @ Savory Simple February 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

what a beautiful dessert!
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7 Reem |Simply Reem February 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Beautiful pics…
Specially loving the 1st one.


8 fabiola@notjustbaked February 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Ok!!!! So happy you are back, I know you have been back for a while, but life here is crazy. I cannot wait to make this, it looks creamy, rich and divine. And I am a pastry chef/baker that could dive into this right now. And the photo with the grass, love it.
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9 Mary @ Fit and Fed February 9, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Yum, Kiran! I have a similar chocolate budino recipe that I really like. I agree that espresso powder (or other instant coffee powder) is an essential complement to the chocolate! I love how you have made this a little bit Asian with the pistachio garnish and the coconut cream.
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10 Choc Chip Uru February 10, 2013 at 4:53 AM

Welcome back my friend 😀
You’re killing me with this incredible chocolates goodness 🙂

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11 Carolyn Chan February 10, 2013 at 6:14 AM



12 Kathryn February 10, 2013 at 12:03 PM

These are really beautiful – stunning photography!
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13 Sarah February 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Beautiful pots de creme. One of my all time favourite desserts. Your photos are beautiful as always.
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14 Deeba Rajpal (@vindee) February 12, 2013 at 6:34 AM

Pretty Pretty Pretty …what charming pots and such beautiful pictures! happy V Day K!!
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15 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I’m definitely a pastry lover! Especially for French pastries…ahhhh…! I wish I can wake up in Paris, too! Sigh…
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16 Katie March 2, 2013 at 3:16 AM

Chocolate croissants – breakfast, snacks, tea… all the time. Too bad they have so many calories LOL
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17 Jamie March 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Oh, how beautiful! I love pots de crème and love that you used lowfat milk which I always do when I can. I want to try this with the coconut cream, too! Wonderful treat whether in Paris or not 🙂
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18 meatballs & milkshakes March 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM

love the use of coconut cream instead of regular cream!
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