Baileys Chocolate Pot de Crème: Smooth, silky chocolate wrapped in some Baileys Irish Cream-I’ll take it!
A triple threat of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and Bailey’s, will have you melodically licking your spoon with every bite.
Aside from the taste and having a prep time clocked at a mere 20 minutes, this is a make-ahead, no bake recipe that can proudly wear a “worthy” status at any 5-star restaurant.
Baileys Chocolate Pot de Creme
6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup of Baileys Irish Cream
1 ½ cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
5 large egg yolks
Crème fraîche and chocolate shavings, for garnish (Optional)
- In a large heatproof bowl, melt the chocolates .
- In a medium saucepan, bring the Baileys, heavy cream and sugar to a boil, whisking constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Put aside and let cool for five minutes.
- In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Then gradually whisk the egg-and-cream mixture in a saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the custard coats the back of the spoon, about 4 minutes. Pour the custard over the chocolate and let stand for 2 minutes, then stir until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until very smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into eight 4-ounce ramekins and refrigerate until chilled, 2 hours.
- Let the pots de crème stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. Garnish with crème fraîche and chocolate shavings.
A few quick notes:
- Chocolate is the star of this dessert, so make sure you use a high quality chocolate. My preference is for Valrhona or Scharffenberger. For this recipe I use Scharffenberger’s milk chocolate and Valrhona’s dark chocolate (61% cacao).
- Try not to multi-task when cooking the cream and sugar or you will very quickly go from thick and smooth to thick and chunky. This step will determine the texture of your pot de crème. If by chance you get a bit of curdling, a chinois or fine mesh strainer may save your dessert.
This recipe is heavily adapted from pastry chef Frank Urso.