I baked these pots de crème, adapted from Aran Goyoaga's gorgeous new book. I could spend hours just looking at her book (or at her blog for that matter). I want to live in it. I want to eat everything in it. However, given the level of crisis at hand, I opted to start with one of her more chocolaty recipes.
The original recipe was made with hazelnut butter, but given I'm allergic to hazelnuts, I substituted it with sesame butter. Chocolate and sesame work really well together, but I think the coconut milk used to prepare the custard came through more than the sesame. That being said, I'd still make this again because they were super chocolaty and luxuriously smooth. Perfect temporary fix for those moments of panic.
Other pots de crème to try
If you enjoy pots de crème, try these white chocolate pots de crème, flavoured with lime zest, or milk chocolate pots de crème, which you can garnish with toasted vanilla marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs like a s'more! The milk chocolate pots de crème are cooked on the stove, which is a different technique that gives them an especially creamy, unctuous texture.
Chocolate sesame pots de crème
- 500 mL canned coconut milk, I prefer Thai Kitchen for its flavor
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped
- 1 large egg(s)
- 2 large egg yolk(s)
- 50 grams coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoon tahini (sesame butter), tahini
- 60 grams Cacao Barry Alunga 41% milk chocolate
- 60 grams dark chocolate
- toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the coconut milk, vanilla bean/seeds, and stir over medium heat until it simmers.
- Meanshiile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolks, coconut sugar and sesame butter (try to get whisk out the lumps).
- Combine the chocolates in another medium bowl.
- When the milk mixture is steamy, pour the hot milk over the chocolate. Let it sit 1 minute, then whisk it slowly until the chocolate is melted and the ganache is smooth, then pour this mixture over the whisked egg mixture to temper them.
- Strain the mixture into a large, 4 cup measuring cup or a bowl with a spout preferably. Then divide the chocolate custard between 6 ramekins.
- Place the ramekins in a deep roasting pan and fill the pan with hot water so that it reaches halfway up the ramekins.
- Bake the custards for 40 minutes or until the centers are completely set. Cool to room temperature before serving topped with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of Small Plates Sweet Treats to review, but my opinions in this post are my own.
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I too went out on my own with nobody but me to pay my bills and it's terrifying. But the flips side is, you don't have kids or anyone but you to support. It's scary no matter what. It's good to think and plan (and very necessary) but at some point you have to have faith in the unknown and leap. Things have a way of falling where they need to.
This dessert should heal all the doubts.
I think it is good that you are thinking. Doing things in haste without much thinking is not good.