EASY Chocolate Pot de Creme! The ULTIMATE chocolate fix! This easy pot de creme recipe takes just 5 minutes of prep time and the result is irresistibly delicious!
If anyone were to ask me, “What is the ultimate chocolate dessert?”, my answer without hesitation would be Chocolate Pot de Crème. For chocolate richness, this dessert is unrivaled. A classic French favorite since the 17th century, a love affair with chocolate is incomplete without a rendezvous with Pot de Creme.
Pot de Crème is traditionally made with chocolate or as a vanilla custard. It can be prepared in one larger bowl with servings scooped out, or in individual serving-sized ramekins (Pots de Crème in plural form). The traditional process of making chocolate pots de creme is a little lengthy. It involves heating, whisking, straining, pouring and water bathing. This version has all the richness and elegance of traditionally-made Pot de Creme, but skips the water bathing process and is whipped up in just 5 minutes!
A few years ago, shortly after I developed this recipe, my mother-in-law was visiting from Arizona and I made these for dessert. She took a couple of bites, looked up at me, and said, “this is wicked.” You have to understand, my mother-in-law is a (now retired) school teacher and “wicked” isn’t generally part of her vocabulary – at least not when it comes to describing something good. So that said it all. And she requested it again a day later. That’s all the excuse I needed to whip up another batch.
Since then these Pots de Crème have become one of our family’s most favorite indulgences. After we put the kids to bed my husband and I will crash on the couch, spoon in hand, and drift away into a world of chocolate delight.
Chocolate Pot de Creme is made with quality chocolate, cream, egg yolks and just a tiny bit of sugar (which you can omit entirely). Sugar is generally only added if you’re using super dark chocolate. If you’re using semi-sweet no additional sugar is needed. The wonderful thing about this dessert is that it showcases the chocolate itself without any other competing flavors. Just. Pure. Chocolate. Flavor. So choose your chocolate wisely as the flavor of your pot de creme is entirely dependent on the quality of the chocolate you use.
The rich dark chocolate combined with the cream and egg yolks produces a result that is so delicious it’s almost scandalous. And it can be yours with just 5 minutes prep time!
Perfect for entertaining, parties, or a romantic evening at home.
Cooking With Kyler made a fun YouTube video featuring our Chocolate Pot de Crème recipe – check it out!
Easy Chocolate Pot de Creme Recipe
Let’s get started!
Chop up the bar of chocolate and place it in a blender. Set aside.
Place the heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk to combine the ingredients and continue whisking continually as the liquid just begins to bubble.
NOTE: If you need a dairy-free option, coconut milk makes a good substitute.
It’s ready when the consistency is just thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Pour the hot mixture into the blender over the chocolate along with the vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
Divide the chocolate mixture among the ramekins. After you’re done pouring, carefully glide your fingers along the sides of the blender, scooping up every last drop of chocolate, and then lick your fingers.
Remember that scene from the original Willy Wonka (the only version worth watching) where after they first enter the edible wonderland, Augustus (it had to be the German kid, right?) dips his hands into the chocolate and licks that oozing goodness off his fingers? Yes, that was me with the blender. And just wait, it’ll be you, too. You won’t want to waste a single drop.
Refrigerate for 6-8 hours or until set (I often chill them overnight). For a softer consistency, let them sit for about 10 minutes at room temperature before serving.
Serve with some whipped cream on top and for a nice visual touch, a sprinkle of grated chocolate or chocolate curls.
For more delicious French desserts be sure to try our:
- French Almond Plum Cake
- Cherry Clafoutis
- Blackberry Clafoutis
- French Almond Lavender Cake
- Gluten Free Crepes
- French Almond Green Tea Cake
Chocolate Pot de Crème (EASY)
- 6 ounces high quality dark chocolate
- 2 cups heavy cream (dairy free: use coconut milk)
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar , optional and really only needed if you're using very dark chocolate (for semi-sweet chocolate the sugar isn't necessary)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon quality pure vanilla extract
- Chop up the chocolate and place it in a blender. Set aside.
- Place the cream, egg yolks, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisking to combine the ingredients. Continue to whisk continually until the mixture just starts to bubble and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Pour the hot mixture into the blender with the chocolate and vanilla and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into individual ramekins and refrigerate for 6-8 hours or until set (I often chill them overnight).
- Let the pots de creme sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.Serve with a dollop of whipped cream on top with a sprinkle of grated chocolate or chocolate curls.
First published on The Daring Gourmet March 9, 2015