Monday, February 28, 2011

Chocolate Pot de Cremes, A Cure For the Common Plague

I am back from the brink. Hallelujah and high-fives all around!

For the past two weeks I've been suffering from something I not-at-all melodramatically termed "the plague," which also not-at-all resembles the actual plague, either in symptoms or severity.


It was gnarly.

My body is recovering, my drugs are doing their job, my husband is no longer forced to listen to me complain for hours at a time and then go to work and read emails with more complaining, and--most importantly--I am feeling like myself again!

Today really felt momentous. I had a full day of kitchen work planned, and instead of dragging my feet and moping around and taking breaks to photograph the progression of the plague for posterity, I was happy to be back at work. Singing to my ipod, dancing in my apron and kitchen clogs, doing endless dishes with nary a grumble.

Wait, that last part doesn't seem like me at all. Must be the plague talking.

Honestly, how could I not be happy to be back cooking, when I had these adorable chocolate pot de cremes* to greet me? Pot de creme is like a baked custard--somewhat similar in concept to pudding, but with a smooth, firm texture that comes from being thickened with egg yolks instead of cornstarch or arrowroot.

*pots de creme? pot des creme? Probably not that last one

I'm not always a custard fan, but something about these little cups hit just the right note. Their petite size means their richness isn't overwhelming, and they were barely sweetened, letting the chocolate flavor really shine through. In fact, my husband asked if there was caramel (!) or peanut butter (!!) mixed in, because they had a depth of flavor you wouldn't expect from a simple chocolate custard.

The pot de creme recipe will be on Christine of Black Cat Cooking's blog. Make it, bake it, love it. No plague required.


  1. Gorgeous photos! You really did justice to this lovely dessert.

  2. I love your pictures and your cute little pots! And am glad that chocolate vanquishes plague. Who knew?

  3. Those little cups are picture perfect. These were so good!

    Glad you are feeling better.

  4. i love your plating. the spoons are prescious!

  5. Beautiful pics and the pots are too cute!

  6. Anonymous6:23 AM

    Beautiful photos! Can you share with us where you bought those cute white pots? I already have the spoons and I'd like to try the receipe this weekend. Thanks!

  7. glad your feeling better and got to enjoy the pots de creme!

  8. Oh those look truly gorgeous!! Very sinful looking. I love pots de creme, made them countless times!

  9. P.S - Glad to hear you're better now, I was missing your posts! Gave you a stumble :)

  10. What beautiful serving cups! They certainly look appropriate for the nice little dessert. Hope you are recovering well and will enjoy these "healthy" desserts! :)

  11. those lovely little pots de creme! glad you are feeling better :)

    i loved these but love chocolate creme brulee even more!

  12. The cure for ANYTHING!