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Ramekins finally entered my life.  I usually try to resist accumulating too much kitchenware.  More often than not something you already have can do the job and clutter in the kitchen is something to be avoided at all cost.

That said, recipe after recipe kept coming up that needed little bowls that can take the heat of the oven.  Fortunately, ramekins can also serve a variety of other purposes and so I decided I needed a set.  In short, I caved to dreams of hot little chocolate pots and asked someone to treat me to these for a gift.

My Christmas wish came true and since that time, we’ve made quite a few delicious treats including baked eggs with chives and tomatoes, chocolate lava cakes and this delicious dessert – chocolate whiskey pots de crèmes.  You will notice that 2/3 of these things require chocolate…

What I love about these chocolate pots is that you can flavour them however you like and you can whip up just one or two servings if you’re scared that you might just eat a dozen if they were sitting around.

They make the perfect bed for fresh berries, whipped cream and, if you want to go overboard, chocolate shavings.  They are also just fine on their own.

So if you are one of the lucky folks out there that owns a set of ramekins – give this recipe a try.  If you don’t, I think you might be able to pull this off by using a muffin tray and just filling the empty holes with some water so that the tray doesn’t bend.  However, you and your guests will have to communally share that muffin tray – but for the love of chocolate – some of us will go to great lengths!

Chocolate Whiskey Pot De Cremes (serves 4) adapted from Tartelette

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2-3 tbsp. honey (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 1/2 cup cream (I used 35%)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 oz or three squares of dark chocolate (bittersweet)
  • 2 tbsp. whiskey (use another flavour if you like – vanilla, cointreau, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350F.
Whisk honey with egg yolks for a while until the egg yolks are nice and pale and frothy.
Bring milk and cream to a light simmer in a small pot.  Remove from heat and add chopped chocolate.  Stir until chocolate is melted.  Return for a moment to heat if needed.
Let cool a little and then pour into eggs, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from cooking.

Add whiskey or other flavour and then divide into your ramekins.  Put the ramekins in a roasting pan and fill it with hot water.  Place the pan with the ramekins into the hot oven.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until the pots are set.  Remove from oven and cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge.  Chill for at least two hours.  The little pots keep for a few days.

I like to serve it with fresh berries and vanilla whipped cream.



Wow!  My first post on this blog and how fitting that it should be my birthday cake.  It is also a recipe I got from Deb over on Smitten Kitchen, one of my absolute favourite food blogs, along with Chocolate & Zucchini and Cookbooks 101.  I swear I look at these sites multiple times a day.  I am also so happy I got to share this cake last night on my birthday with so many wonderful people in my life – Simon, who gave me this blog and the love of my life and all my friends in Heidelberg who have traveled with me, cooked with me, spent long nights talking with me and just generally making my life here a true joy.  I am so excited about this blog and I already have so many ideas of what I want to put up here including a special section on maple syrup recipes and camping recipes.  This will all come in due time, but first we must have some cake.

I think a lot foodies out there have tried the ale or stout chocolate cake, but yesterday was my first.  I pretty much followed Deb’s recipe to a tee.  I even went out and got myself a piping bag to make the wonderful little “poofs” on top.  I used the back end of the piping head to core out my “tastes” as I had neither a one-inch cookie cutter nor an appler corer.

I must say I used much less ganache than the recipe called for.  In part because just the cake alone is quite decadent, but also when I saw the ganache in the bowl I was worried it didn’t look right.  I seem to not be very good with melted chocolate.  Perhaps I used the wrong kind – Lindt 85% cocoa (commenters please let me know if you have melted this with success)?  I always find some oil separates from the chocolate and it looks greasy.  Greasy is not a word I like to have come to mind with ganache.  Ganache should be smooth, rich and dark.  Sure it has a lot of fat, but the fat should be hiding not glistening on top.  Anyway, because my ganache did not look right I was reluctant to use too much in these cakes.  In the end though, the cake, ganache and frosting were fantastic.

I would make this recipe again, but only to eat with a crowd as it is pretty decadent, but hey I’ve got so many wonderful friends and I suspect they won’t say no to another piece of cake from me in the near future.  I am definitely going to have to learn to take better picutres, but here are few not-very-good ones to give you at least a glimpse at my birthday cake.  Thank you to all the commenters!  What a surprise to read all your messages yesterday morning.  I wish I could send you all some of this cake instead of just the pics.