ÉCLAT CHOCOLATE POTS DE CRÈME

Makes 4-5 portions

Ingredients: 

  • 193 grams Eclat Chocolate 70% or another chocolate of your choice, finely chopped
  • 240 grams whole milk
  • 240 grams heavy cream
  • 80 grams egg yolks
  • 12 grams granulated sugar or vanilla sugar
  • 1 gram kosher salt
  • Crème Chantilly (recipe below)
  • Block chocolate for garnish

Kitchen Equipment:

  • Small bowl
  • Medium saucepan
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Immersion blender (optional)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Small glass containers such as ramekins, mason jars, or wine glasses
  • Offset spatula
  • Microplane grater

Method:

Slowly heat milk and heavy cream to a light simmer in saucepan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl until incorporated.

Slowly pour 50% of the hot milk-cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture while continuously whisking. This process of tempering the egg yolks is important to prevent overcooking or curdling of the egg yolks. Pour the incorporated mixture back into the original pot. Whisk to combine.

Return the pot to the stove over low heat and continuously stir until thermometer reaches 85oC/185oF. Remove from heat and immediately add the finely chopped chocolate to stop the cooking process. Gently whisk all ingredients until the surface has a nice shine. The end result should have a pourable consistency.

Optional: Use immersion blender to blend mixture to ensure a lighter final texture and that the chocolate is completely emulsified.

Chantilly Crème

  • 200 grams fresh whipping cream
  • 25 grams granulated sugar or vanilla sugar.
  • Whip by hand or with Kitchen Aid until very soft peaks.
  • The less whipped the cream is the easier to fill without air pockets.

Assembly:

Carefully pour the chocolate mixture into glass containers. Cover and chill until set, at least 3 hours.

Put Chantilly Crème into piping bag, then pipe on top of the chocolate custard, staying in the middle of the container so it flows evenly across the surface and moves up the sides of the glass. This will create the least amount of air pockets. Slightly overfill and remove excess with offset spatula for a flat surface at the rim. Keep refrigerated until 15-30 minutes before service. Allow to warm up slightly to increase flavor and consistency. Garnish with block chocolate grated over the top using a Microplane grater before serving.

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