Chocolate Pots de Creme

pots de creme

 Leah Maroney

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Chocolate Pots de Creme are like nothing you've ever had before. Thicker than chocolate mousse and silkier than pudding, they're each full of rich and decadent dark cocoa flavor. The added espresso powder takes the intensity level up even higher and a little dash of vanilla rounds out the dessert beautifully.

The recipe is fairly simple and doesn't require a lot of time or attention to complete. Just a few minutes on the stove and a few hours of chilling in the fridge and you've got the perfect treat to finish off a beautiful French meal.

There are many other paths you can take on this recipe. Vanilla and caramel flavored custards are delicious options and you can also add toasted coconut, mint extract, or even flaky sea salt to the classic chocolate version.


  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For Garnish:
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings

Steps to Make It

  1. Chop the chocolate finely and place it in a medium sized heat safe bowl. Place a fine mesh sieve over the bowl.  

  2. Whisk the egg yolks until smooth. Add in the sugar and continue whisking for two minutes, until the mixture turns a pale smooth yellow. Add the salt, then whisk in the heavy cream and whole milk until completely combined.

  3. Pour the egg and cream mixture into a medium saucepan and heat on very low, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan with the spoon as you stir to prevent it from sticking. Once the mixture is hot, but not simmering, cook for 10 to 12 minutes until thickened and at 175 F. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. Do not allow the mixture to come to a boil or even a simmer. Cook over the lowest heat possible.

  4. Pour the mixture through the sieve and onto the bowl of chocolate. The sieve will remove any lumps that formed while cooking the custard. Let the custard mixture sit for 3 to 5 minutes.  While it is sitting, combine the water and espresso powder together in a separate bowl and whisk until combined. Then, whisk the custard and chocolate together until smooth. Add the espresso mixture and vanilla and whisk until smooth and shiny.

  5. Pour the custard into 8 ramekins and allow to cool for 30 minutes beforel transferring to the refrigerator.

  6. Cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours or until completely set and chilled. When you are ready to serve, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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