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 Biscotti Chocolate 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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Comments

  1. 1

    So chocolatey and gorgeous! Beautiful presentation, Thalia.
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  2. 2

    That looks incredible!!! Chocolate pots de creme, plus tea flavored cream, PLUS a biscotti? OMG. Can I come have tea at your house? LOL :)
    Baby June recently posted…Cook’s Illustrated zucchini bread, veganizedMy Profile

  3. 3

    C’est delicieux :)
    linda recently posted…Clafoutis aux Cerises, Cherry ClafoutisMy Profile

  4. 4

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

  5. 6

    Beautiful presentation and pots! Chocolate is my addiction!
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  6. 7

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

  7. 8

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

  8. 9

    I love tea infused cream. I’m going to try this with the Dilmah rose tea. It looks fantastic!
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  9. 11

    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! :)

  10. 13

    I am totally swooning right now…. these chocolate pots are to die for.. and the almond biscotti.. yummmmmm… :)
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  11. 14

    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!

  12. 15

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

  13. 16

    What a beautiful chocolatey dessert! I love the flavor combo you used! Perfect!
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  14. 17

    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! :)
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  15. 18

    Such a beautiful dessert, Thalia! Love the presentation. And that chocolate looks delicious!
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  16. 19

    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. =)
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  17. 20

    Hi Thalia,

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

    Cheers,
    Connie

  18. 22

    Hello, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Congrats!!!
    http://aalifemoment.com/2014/07/17/inspiring-blogger-award-2014/

  19. 23

    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!
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  20. 24

    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!
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  21. 25

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

  22. 26

    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!
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  23. 27

    Thalia, I am in awe of your photos. What a beautiful blog you have! Thanks for stopping by my site today.
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  24. 28

    With desserts like this, who wouldn’t be a Francophile? These are the best! And your photos are beautiful. Chocolate overload!
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  25. 29

    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.
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  26. 30

    BETTER than creme brulee you say?! Now these I have to try!! Love your earl grey infusion.
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  27. 31

    wish this was my dessert right now. love pots de creme!
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  28. 32

    Oooh, who can refuse the French dessert? They look so decadent! I am adoring your tea cup. Perfect prop for the chocolate dessert. Brilliant!
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  29. 33

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

  30. 34

    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.
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  31. 35

    WOW! That dessert looks heavenly. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! I love that cup and saucer. Just beautiful.
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  32. 36

    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!

  33. 37

    These are so lovely!! I’m in love with french desserts too ;)
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  34. 38

    This looks incredible and the photographs you take are absolutely inspired! Very nicely done, can’t wait for your next post!
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  35. 39

    Wow, the photos are so gorgeous! An Early Grey Infused anything is delicious! I am going to try this on the weekend :)
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  36. 40

    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!
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  37. 41

    These pots look amazing, love the crunchy almond biscotti! The perfect touch!
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  38. 42

    your photos are pornographic… beautiful!!

  39. 43

    WOW!! looks SO delicious!!
    x
    laura&nora
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  40. 44

    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!
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  41. 45

    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
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  42. 46

    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!

  43. 47

    Wow!! This dessert looks fantastic! I wish i could have some with my coffee right now! :)
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  44. 48

    This sounds delicious :)

  45. 49

    What a wonderful combination of flavors and such gorgeous photos!
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  46. 50

    Girl, everything is just too gorgeous!
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  47. 51

    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

  48. 52

    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!
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  49. 53

    Yum! I’ve always wondered how biscotti was made. This looks sooo yummy :)
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  50. 54

    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!

  51. 55

    Thalia, you are so talented. Your blog and creativity are just wonderful! I am so impressed and going to enjoy exploring! :)
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  52. 56

    These sound really lovely and the photography is just beautiful!
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  53. 57

    What a treat! I love French desserts, when I’m out and know I can get my hands on some, things go crazy :)
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  54. 58

    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
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  55. 59

    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:)
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  56. 60

    You are a genius for this! Good gud!

  57. 61

    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.
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  58. 63

    It’s a stroke of genius to combine Earl Grey (my favorite tea) with chocolate! Beautiful photos, and welcome to blog-land!
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  59. 64

    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.
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  60. 65

    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!
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  61. 66

    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. :)
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  62. 67

    What is wrong with me that I’ve never had a pot de creme? They look absolutely delicious. And that Earl Grey cream? Yummmmy!
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  63. 68

    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??? ;-)
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  64. 69

    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!
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  65. 70

    This looks divine! I love chocolate and biscotti. Fab food styling.
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  66. 71

    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. :)
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  67. 72

    I just found your blog, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!! Earl Grey and chocolate together sounds amazing!
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  68. 73

    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!

  69. 74

    So delicate and pretty! Love this space you’ve created here Thalia!
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  70. 75

    Great presentation and awesome recipe as well!
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  71. 76

    My dream dessert! That teacup is the cutest ever. <3
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  72. 78

    Everything about this post is just lovely!
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  73. 79

    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 :)
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  74. 80

    Gorgeous snaps, beautiful flavours & a stunning blog. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, love the look of your recipes.
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  75. 81

    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.’
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  76. 82

    oooh la la! Tres chic :) Such a plateful of delightfulness.
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  77. 83

    Stunning presentation.
    Exquisite, delectable dessert. OH, MYYY. x
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  78. 84

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

  79. 85

    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
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  80. 86

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

  81. 87

    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!
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  82. 88

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