Chocolate Pots de Creme with Earl Grey Cream and Chocolate Almond Biscotti

July 17, 2014
Chocolate Pots de Creme with Earl Grey Cream and Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Earl Grey Cream and Chocolate Almond Biscotti

I am a self-confessed francophile. I love anything French related (in particular French desserts). So when i stumbled across this forgotten French classic, I instantly fell in love. You can’t claim to be a conoisseur in everything French until you have experienced the unexpected delight of chocolate pots de creme. It’s not just another French dessert, it is THE french dessert… forget creme brûlée, this is the dessert you want to be eating!

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Earl Grey Cream and Chocolate Almond BiscottiChocolate Pots de Creme with Earl Grey Cream and Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Pronounced ‘po-duh-crem’ these chocolate pots are essentially a dessert custard. The French name definitely adds another layer of fancy to these desserts. Most versions are baked in a bain marie, however i prefer the no-bake method of chilling mine in the refrigerator as it gives a richer, smoother and silkier texture. If your like me and hate waiting for desserts to chill before tucking in, these are only chilled for at least an hour. Its a slow road to perfection, but i promise you.. its worth it.

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Earl Grey Cream and Chocolate Almond Biscotti

With the weather still cool, it couldn’t be a better time of year to whip up a batch of these comforting and decadent chocolate pots (by decadent, i mean really decadent – they are made from a mixture of milk, cream, egg yolk, sugar and chocolate). These pots are dangerously potent and a little bit truly does go a long way! 

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I’m a sucker for chocolate desserts with cream and Earl Grey Tea also happens to be one of my favourite flavours. So the combination of the two was a no-brainer. To cut through the rich custard, I just had to add a French Earl Grey infused cream… oh and a Chocolate and Almond Biscotti too! The smooth custard texture goes perfectly with the nutty crunch of the biscotti when eaten together.

This has to be one of the bests desserts in the world (Pots De Creme have been enjoyed since the 17th century.. need I say any more?). These chocolate pots are so simplistic to make (almost embarrassingly so) but are luxurious and decadent enough to impress on a special occasion. Now onto my favourite part.. rugging up under a thick blanket and slowly devouring every spoonful!

 

Chocolate Pots de Creme with Earl Grey Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 300grams dark chocolate
  2. 1 cup thickened cream
  3. 1 cup whole milk
  4. 2 egg yolks
  5. 1/3 cup sugar
  6. 1tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 cup whipping cream
  8. 2 teaspoons French Earl Grey Tea leaves
For the custard
  1. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together, set aside
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the cream, vanilla and milk together and bring almost to the boil. Remove from heat
  4. Whisk the cream/milk mixture slowly into the eggs and sugar, being careful not to scramble the eggs
  5. Pour the mixture back into the large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir with a wooden spoon (about 5-8 minutes) or until the mixture thickens into a custard that can coat the back of the spoon
  6. Slowly whisk the custard into the chocolate mixture
  7. Pour into individual ramekins, glasses or tea cups
  8. Place plastic wrap atop the custard, so that a film does not form
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes then refrigerate for at least an hour
For the cream
  1. Heat the cream and the French Earl Grey Tea leaves in a saucepan until the cream begins to simmer
  2. Remove from the heat and strain out the tea leaves
  3. Let the cream return to room temperature and then cover with plastic wrap, so that it does not develop a film
  4. Place in the refrigerator, once it's cool, whip the cream to desired consistency
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Chocolate Pots de Creme, Butter and Brioche

Chocolate Almond Biscotti
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  2. 3/4 cup caster sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  6. 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 120 grams slivered almonds
  10. 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  11. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  12. 100g dark chocolate, melted (for drizzle)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
  3. Mix in the vanilla extract
  4. Gradually add in the cocoa, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well to combine
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips, the dough should be dry to the touch
  6. On a baking tray lined with baking paper, form the dough into a log 30 x 12 cms
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the dough has cracked onto and is beginning to brown
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool
  9. Using a serrated knife, cut the log into slices, place these slices onto the baking sheet and bake for an addition 5-8 minutes, or until the biscotti are slightly brown
  10. Place the melted chocolate into a piping bag and drizzle the biscotti. Allow to cool before serving
Adapted from Pastry Affair
Adapted from Pastry Affair
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  • Reply Agos July 28, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Love the addition of earl grey! Oh, and you probably know it already, but your cup and saucer are gorgeous :)

  • Reply Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes July 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    These chocolate pots de creme look so good, and I’m all over that biscotti. My fiancé went through a biscotti phase and I’m sure these would start him up again!

  • Reply Juvee @ShikenanAfricanShop July 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Wow! Absolutely amazing…I wish I could have a taste of it :D

  • Reply lizzie - strayed from the table July 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    OMG!! I am going through a chocolate phase. Not great for my waist however I really need to make those chocolate pots they look fabulous plus the earl grey -yum. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder July 21, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Wow…your whole website is gorgeous – the photos are breathtaking / stomach growling. Love the teacup prop. On my to do list!

  • Reply My Inner Chick July 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Stunning presentation.
    Exquisite, delectable dessert. OH, MYYY. x

  • Reply The Hungry Mum July 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

    oooh la la! Tres chic :) Such a plateful of delightfulness.

  • Reply Fran @ G'day Souffle' July 21, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog G’day Souffle.’ Your recipe looks like ‘double decadence’ with the pot de crème and the almond biscotti. Love your photography with the ‘white-out background.’

  • Reply Alice July 21, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Gorgeous snaps, beautiful flavours & a stunning blog. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, love the look of your recipes.

  • Reply Lilli July 21, 2014 at 12:52 am

    How amazing are French desserts! Chocolate pots are on my list of top ten favourite desserts, they’re so delicious! Your version looks so good :)

  • Reply Jackie@syrup and biscuits July 21, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Everything about this post is just lovely!

  • Reply Alanna July 20, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    My dream dessert! That teacup is the cutest ever. <3

    • Reply thalia July 21, 2014 at 2:49 am

      thanks Alanna, love bojon gourmet!

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou July 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Great presentation and awesome recipe as well!

  • Reply Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen July 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    So delicate and pretty! Love this space you’ve created here Thalia!

  • Reply Geraldine July 20, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Chocolate pots – what a lovely name for a dessert. Need to try this. Also, love the idea of dipping the crunchy biscotti into the creamy chocolate – yum. Thanks for the recipes, Thalia!

  • Reply shelley @ Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} July 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I just found your blog, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!! Earl Grey and chocolate together sounds amazing!

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven July 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Oh my gosh. I so want to come over your house for teatime if it meant getting to indulge in these! Seriously, this is SO creative! As if the pots de creme weren’t enough, then you threw homemade biscotti into the mix! Stunning photos! Pinned. :)

  • Reply Mel July 20, 2014 at 10:22 am

    This looks divine! I love chocolate and biscotti. Fab food styling.

  • Reply Sarah @ Running On Brie July 20, 2014 at 4:25 am

    These chocolate pots de creme are blowing my mind right now! Gorgeous! And love the idea of Earl Grey infused creme…I’m sure it adds a really interesting smokiness and caffeinated-ness (I love making up words). Looks really wonderful!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen July 20, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Oh my gosh – this looks amazing and decadent and completely addicting! I think if I started eating it, I wouldn’t be able to stop. That’s not a bad thing, right??? ;-)

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron July 20, 2014 at 2:28 am

    What is wrong with me that I’ve never had a pot de creme? They look absolutely delicious. And that Earl Grey cream? Yummmmy!

  • Reply Pang July 20, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Those chocolate & Earl Grey Tea are such a great combination I am so happy you put this recipe for all of us to enjoy. Great photos as well, Thalia. :)

  • Reply Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen July 20, 2014 at 2:16 am

    You are so right French names definitively make every dessert sound better! I love the look of this dessert and can just imagine how wonderful it tastes – Chocolate Almond Biscotti sounds to die for!

  • Reply Monica July 20, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Oh yeah – pot de creme is such a wonderful indulgence, a total dream for chocolate lovers (like me!). Yours not only sounds wonderful but it looks incredibly elegant and beautiful. Love the crunch from a biscotti on the side.

  • Reply sue/the view from great island July 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    It’s a stroke of genius to combine Earl Grey (my favorite tea) with chocolate! Beautiful photos, and welcome to blog-land!

  • Reply kristy @ the wicked noodle July 19, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t believe I’ve seen your beautiful blog before – I love it! So pretty. I am a huge fan of French food and this is one of my favorite desserts.

    • Reply thalia July 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      thanks kristy for stopping by and yes, butter and brioche is only three weeks old x

  • Reply Dana@ IveGotCake July 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    You are a genius for this! Good gud!

  • Reply Kitchen Belleicious July 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    wow! Not only beautiful but looks so darn delicious. I can taste that earl grey flavor just by looking at the pictures. This is one heck of a dessert- especially for this biscotti loving gal:)

  • Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land July 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    mais oui! c’est fantastique! i heart tea infused anything … earl grey cream, yum! these look so delicious, especially with the crunchy chocolate almond biscotti! mmmmm! lovely photos! xo

  • Reply Muna Kenny July 19, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    What a treat! I love French desserts, when I’m out and know I can get my hands on some, things go crazy :)

  • Reply nicole (thespicetrain.com) July 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    These sound really lovely and the photography is just beautiful!

  • Reply Amanda July 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Thalia, you are so talented. Your blog and creativity are just wonderful! I am so impressed and going to enjoy exploring! :)

  • Reply Emma @ bake then eat July 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

    The French really know how to put a dessert together, I always make a pig of myself when ever I am in France. The bakeries are just too good! I love this dessert sound really good and I love the earl grey in here amazing flavours!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout July 19, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Yum! I’ve always wondered how biscotti was made. This looks sooo yummy :)

  • Reply Meinhilde July 19, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Your photos are gorgeous! And just the thought of Earl Grey cream makes me want to go back to my kitchen and try it out!

  • Reply 2 sisters Recipes July 18, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Wow, this is an amazing dessert! Beautiful blog and your photos are stunning! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment! xxoo Anna and Liz

  • Reply ami@naivecookcooks July 18, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Girl, everything is just too gorgeous!

  • Reply Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch July 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    What a wonderful combination of flavors and such gorgeous photos!

  • Reply Joyti July 18, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    This sounds delicious :)

  • Reply Vicky & Ruth- May I HAve that recipe July 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Wow!! This dessert looks fantastic! I wish i could have some with my coffee right now! :)

  • Reply Chelsea @ A Duck's Oven July 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    There are just so many things about this post and recipe I love! Your pictures are beautiful, earl grey cream sounds so delicate and wonderful, and the chocolate… And I love that it doesn’t need to be baked! Beautiful!

  • Reply Tash July 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Thalia, your bio is exceptional! You are so right, food extends so far beyond taste buds. It is a passion; it is an emotional art of it’s own. Your blog itself is also a haven of delight! I am currently addicted to all of the perfect pictures that you are posting. There are too many delicious things to name! Thank you for stopping by mine – because that let me find you! :)

    Tash x

  • Reply Julia July 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Making po-duh-crem has been on my to-do list foooooreves! I, too, can get jiggy with just about anything French and your tasty pots de crème with biscotti sound absolutely phenomenal. What a decadent and beautiful dessert!

  • Reply Our Food Stories July 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    WOW!! looks SO delicious!!
    x
    laura&nora

  • Reply Jane July 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    your photos are pornographic… beautiful!!

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext July 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    These pots look amazing, love the crunchy almond biscotti! The perfect touch!

  • Reply Meg July 18, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful — the teacup! the colors! So I can only imagine how wonderful they taste. I’ve had pots de creme on my radar for a bit, but have yet to indulge . . . sounds like I need to change that!

  • Reply kristie @ birchandwild.com July 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Wow, the photos are so gorgeous! An Early Grey Infused anything is delicious! I am going to try this on the weekend :)

  • Reply MAndi July 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

    This looks incredible and the photographs you take are absolutely inspired! Very nicely done, can’t wait for your next post!

  • Reply Zainab July 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    These are so lovely!! I’m in love with french desserts too ;)

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ July 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love yours, it’s heaven for my eyes, with extraordinary photography and recipes. These creme, oh gosh, is just perfect!

  • Reply Michele @ Alwayzbakin July 18, 2014 at 9:10 am

    WOW! That dessert looks heavenly. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! I love that cup and saucer. Just beautiful.

  • Reply danguole July 18, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I’m just dying over how fancy and pretty these photos are with that china! This is too perfect. I love the French, their food, and anything tea-flavored! Well done.

  • Reply Kelly July 18, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Oh wow, this is such a beautiful dessert, Thalia! Love all the chocolate action going on – it looks delicious and your photos are stunning!

  • Reply Holly | Beyond Kimchee July 18, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Oooh, who can refuse the French dessert? They look so decadent! I am adoring your tea cup. Perfect prop for the chocolate dessert. Brilliant!

  • Reply Amanda Paa July 18, 2014 at 2:20 am

    wish this was my dessert right now. love pots de creme!

  • Reply Joanne July 18, 2014 at 2:16 am

    BETTER than creme brulee you say?! Now these I have to try!! Love your earl grey infusion.

  • Reply Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness July 18, 2014 at 12:50 am

    This looks delicious. I made some chocolate pots de creme, but mine were baked. I like this recipe, nice that you don’t have to bake them.

  • Reply Mir July 18, 2014 at 12:40 am

    With desserts like this, who wouldn’t be a Francophile? These are the best! And your photos are beautiful. Chocolate overload!

  • Reply Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C July 17, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Thalia, I am in awe of your photos. What a beautiful blog you have! Thanks for stopping by my site today.

  • Reply Lokness @ The Missing Lokness July 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I love French desserts too! What a beautiful presentation with colorful edible flowers. I would love to try that earl grey cream with the chocolate. Sounds sooo good!

  • Reply gloria July 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    I love french recipes too! And love these chocolate pots de cream:)
    A really delicious recipe!

  • Reply Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} July 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Ok first of all, how adorable is your tea set??? Second of all, this dessert seems absolutely divine!! The almond biscotti is a great added crunch!

  • Reply Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 17, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Oh pots de creme are just heavenly. So decadent, I just love it! Your photos are beautiful and I love that teacup! Can’t wait to try the earl grey cream. So unique!

  • Reply aalifemoment July 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hello, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Congrats!!!
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  • Reply Connie July 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Thalia,

    Your blog is beautiful and this recipe is awesome! Can’t wait to try it!

    Cheers,
    Connie

  • Reply Amy @ Fearless Homemaker July 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Oh heavens, how lovely do these look? Love the combination of flavors and textures, and what gorgeous pictures! Love the use of the dainty tea cup. =)

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice July 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Such a beautiful dessert, Thalia! Love the presentation. And that chocolate looks delicious!

  • Reply marcie July 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    I love French desserts, too, but couldn’t really care less about creme brûlée. Pot de creme are one of the best desserts ever, and yours looks so scrumptious with that earl grey cream! And that biscotti looks downright amazing. Pinning! :)

  • Reply Annie @Maebells July 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    What a beautiful chocolatey dessert! I love the flavor combo you used! Perfect!

  • Reply marla July 17, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Thalia! Now I crave this beautiful treat….really. Beautiful clicks :)

  • Reply Neeraja July 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Wow absolutely decadent! Your gorgeous pictures convey how luscious this dessert this! :). I have always wanted to try pots-de-creme. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong July 17, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I am totally swooning right now…. these chocolate pots are to die for.. and the almond biscotti.. yummmmmm… :)

  • Reply jem @ Lost in utensils July 17, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Looks beautiful Thalia…to match your blog that I’ve just discovered! I also love Earl Grey however I don’t cook with it often. These flavours would be such a lovely match. Looking forward to following! :)

    • Reply thalia July 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

      thanks for stopping by Jem!

  • Reply Maureen July 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I love tea infused cream. I’m going to try this with the Dilmah rose tea. It looks fantastic!

    • Reply thalia July 17, 2014 at 8:20 am

      that would taste just as good Maureen!

  • Reply Jessica (bakecetera) July 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

    these look so beautiful! i also prefer pots de creme over creme brulee :) … i’m very intrigued by the earl grey flavour addition!

  • Reply Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts July 17, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Yum! Loved how you presented it in a tea cup :D

  • Reply Katerina July 17, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful presentation and pots! Chocolate is my addiction!

  • Reply Irene @ {a swoonful of sugar} July 17, 2014 at 5:40 am

    That’s some delish sounding pots de creme you’ve got there! Earl grey and chocolate sounds intriguing and beautiful together, beautiful shots too :)

    • Reply thalia July 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

      thanks irene, love your blog!

  • Reply linda July 17, 2014 at 4:22 am

    C’est delicieux :)

  • Reply Baby June July 17, 2014 at 3:32 am

    That looks incredible!!! Chocolate pots de creme, plus tea flavored cream, PLUS a biscotti? OMG. Can I come have tea at your house? LOL :)

  • Reply Angie (@angiesrecipess) July 17, 2014 at 3:27 am

    So chocolatey and gorgeous! Beautiful presentation, Thalia.

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