Chocolate Mint Pots de Crème

Serves 8

This take on the traditional French "pot of cream" features a minty, chocolaty flavor that's ideal for the holidays; it's delicious garnished with crushed peppermint sticks, too. Make the pots de crème up to 2 days in advance and the sweetened whipped cream up to 4 hours in advance. Just keep them both in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Ingredients: 
  • Pots de Crème
  • 6 eggs (3 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 325°F. For the pots de crème, whisk together eggs and egg yolks in a large bowl; set aside.

Put milk, heavy cream and sugar into a medium pot and heat over medium-high heat until mixture reaches 120°F. Add chocolate chips and continue to cook, stirring constantly, just until chocolate melts; remove pan from heat. Working very slowly, pour milk mixture into egg mixture while whisking constantly to warm the eggs without cooking them. Whisk in peppermint flavor.

Divide the mixture among eight 6-ounce custard cups or ramekins then transfer them to a 13-x9-inch baking dish. Carefully fill the pan with enough water to come about three-quarters of the way up the sides of the cups. Cover pan with foil and bake until custard is almost firm, 35 to 40 minutes.

Remove cups from the pan and set aside to let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled through.

To make the sweetened whipped cream, beat the heavy cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla and beat again until desired consistency. Serve pots de crème topped with sweetened whipped cream.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:570 calories (400 from fat), 44g total fat, 26g saturated fat, 260mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 37g sugar), 9g protein
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