No Bake Dessert| Creme au chocolat shots … fudgy, indulgent, deep chocolate creme

“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
Joanne Harris

Crème au chocolatIf the whites find feet, can the yolks be far behind? Each time I make macarons, a bunch of egg yolks call my name. This time was no different with the yolks looking for a home again, and me looking for inspiration. It’s been a long 3 years since I began food blogging. The beginning saw me absolutely egg-phobic, where I couldn’t handle the smell of an egg yolk under any circumstances. Egg yolks and yeast were my two enemies.Crème au chocolat Crème au chocolat Gradually they became frenemies, and one day I won the battle of yeast {with my friend Ben from What’s Cooking Mexico}. Recently, on my Yeasted Meringue Coffee cake he commented, “Remember when we were scared of yeast? That looks like another life now, doesn’t it?” How true!! Winning over the yolks was far tougher but the discovery of Madagascar vanilla beans was set to change that forever. Who would have thought that the humble vanilla bean, with its deep flavour could make yolks so delightful?Crème au chocolat My culinary journey got better with food bloggers becoming friends, a chance meeting in London, and The Cooking Ninja introduced me to her MILs Crème Pâtissière. I do love the French for their beautiful desserts, and Pamela for introducing me to pastry creme. I first used it to make these Orange Patisserie Tartlets with Candied Tangerines. Theres been no looking back. What I’ve conjured up here is in no way traditional baked pots de creme. This is my fast track version of Crème au chocolat which translates simply into my idea of an indulgent chocolate cream! Crème au chocolat The Thermomix makes pastry creme feel like a cakewalk. Where else can you pop everything into a bowl, turn the timer to 7 minutes and open the bowl to a fudgy, deep, chocolaty, smooth as satin chocolate pastry creme at the other end? Well, you can go the tradional way to pastry creme too, over the stove top and end up with the same delight. A pastry creme, or custard is, IMHO, a most wonderful and indulgent way to use up egg yolks. This chocolate pastry cream is ready to serve in a couple of hours, including chill time. It’s finger licking good too. Crème au chocolat Crème au chocolatI reached this consistency after playing around with the quantities of chocolate, milk and cornflour. The basic recipe is quite versatile, and can be easily doubled too. I like it because  it can be made in advance, and of course, desserts in glasses are always eye candy! They make a bold, crisp statement, and allow for contrasting pairing that you can show off.  Serve it with either fresh seasonal fruit and herbs, with amaretti cookies, or paired with macarons. Else spike it with your favourite cherry liqueur and serve with juicy bing cherries, or give it an espresso kick …  the possibilities are endless!Crème au chocolatA good point to remember is to use a nice quality chocolate. I have been fortunate enough to discover a local source of couverture chocolate from an online gourmet store here, called Delicious Now. I was introduced to it when I attended the Le Cordon Blue Pastry Workshop in Delhi a few months ago, and the single origin cocoa bean 65% dark chocolate has me addicted. With prices of the cocoa bean heading north, I’m now experimenting with a 55% dark chocolate. {Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write this. It’s always nice to share a local source in India as it’s difficult to find a variety of ingredients easily}.Crème au chocolatThese little ‘hot chocolate shots‘ are off to the April Cook-Off hosted by the equally hot and gorgeous Da @ Kitchen Corners. She called this April to make ‘Something delicious with chocolate. Something new and creative. Something a little crazy.’

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Crème au chocolat

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A fudgy, satiny, deeply chocolaty pastry creme served as individual desserts in shot glasses offers a nice elegant end to a meal. Serve with seasonal fruit or delicate biscuits.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100gm dark couverture chocolate 65%, room temperature
  • 200ml low fat milk, hot
  • 100ml low fat milk, cold
  • 1/8 cup cornflour
  • Fresh strawberries, mint to garnish
  • Vanilla sugar for glass rims

Equipment:

  • Thermomix or heavy bottom pan

Method:

  1. Bring the milk, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt to a gentle boil in a pot.
  2. In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks and sugar with a wooden spoon in a big bowl until the mixture becomes pale and light. Stir in the flour slowly until it is thoroughly mixed with the egg mixture.
  3. Pour the boiling milk into the mixture a little by little while whisking continuously to avoid curdling. And then stir in the rest of the milk until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Transfer the whole mixture into a pot, with the chocolate and seeds scraped from the vanilla bean, and heat it under low setting. Stir it constantly with the wooden spoon or spatula scraping the sides and bottom until it has thickened.
  5. Once the custard has thickened, take it off the heat, and strain / pour it into a clean bowl. Allow to cool down a bit, then pour or pipe into serving glasses to set.
  6. While the custard is cooling, you can dip the rims of serving glasses into a ‘sliver’ of water and then into vanilla sugar. Allow to stand for 10 minutes until set.
  7. Chill the shots in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Serve with freshly halved strawberries and a sprig of mint.

For the Thermomix:

  1. Whiz the sugar in the TM bowl on Speed 9 for 10 seconds, then add the yolks and run on Speed 5 for 5 seconds
  2. Mix the 1/8 cup cornflour into the cold milk.
  3. Add the chocolate, and warm milk to the TM bowl, and begin cook at 100C / 7 minutes, Speed 4. As soon as the TM begins to run, pour in the cold cornflour mix into the bowl through the shute, and shut.
  4. Check after 7 minutes if the pastry creme is as thick as you like, else run for another few minutes. Immediately transfer to a serving bowl … proceed as above

YIELD: Six servings
Course: Dessert
TIME: 30 minutes, stove top / 7 minutes Thermomix
NOTE: Other flavour possibilities could be a cherry or orange liquor or expresso. Can be made a day in advance.
Copyright Deeba@Passionate About Baking

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49 Comments

  • 5 years ago

    This is making me drool all over… Looks so very yum… I would gobble up the whole lot…

  • 5 years ago

    Wow! That’s a chocoholic’s fantasy!

  • 5 years ago

    That’s a chocoholic’s fantasy!!! Truly amazing!

  • 5 years ago

    A wonderful and divine pudding! A perfect dessert when it’s hot outside.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba! This is my kind of happiness. Chocolate makes the world a happier place!

  • Barbara
    5 years ago

    I make pastry creme often but have never added chocolate. I must try it.

  • Barbara
    5 years ago

    I meant to say in my Thermomix.

  • 5 years ago

    Chocolate chocolate, can survive with them for many days, chocolate creme looks very addictive..

  • Deeba, you’re killing me here. I’m a serious chocoholic trying to cut down on the stuff.
    These shots are making me crazy!
    Keep them coming 🙂
    Magda

  • 5 years ago

    Looking fantastic. Must try soon.

  • Hi! These chocolate creme look sooo sooooo good! And even sounds pretty healthy too! Do you think they can be used to fill a cake? Thanks! 😀

  • 5 years ago

    What a divine dessert Deeba! I could lick the glasses super clean!! Beautiful pics as always…

    Yeast was also my enemy, but now I want to bake every now and then… the best friend I could ever had made last year:-)

  • 5 years ago

    And yes, local info on precious and extremely elusive baking ingredients is to be shared with the rest of the baking community. Thanks a ton for the info on the chocolate!

  • There’s not much that can top the creamy indulgence of a rich chocolate dessert like this, and such a comforting one too.

  • 5 years ago

    Hungry for it….looks extremely yum….. divine chocolate recipe……love it…

  • 5 years ago

    This looks like a really really thick chocolate pudding, which is always good with me 🙂 Great use of egg yolks!

  • 5 years ago

    Your pictures are amazing! i have never wanted something chocolate so much! Well done!

  • 5 years ago

    Ok can you please adopt me…pretty please? Everthing I read on here I want to bookmark and try so I may as well come an live under your roof. These chocolate shots look creamy and oh so good!

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba this looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Good job!

  • 5 years ago

    So many lovely, bold photos! I can tell you have taking photos of this dessert :D. Thanks for sharing such a great-looking recipe!

  • 5 years ago

    Beautiful job, so delicious. Problem is, because they are so tiny, I will want 10 😉
    *kisses* HH

  • 5 years ago

    Holy moly!!! Stunning! WOW! So rich looking (in a good way)! Saw your recipe on KC and had to check out your blog. So glad I did — Amazing!

  • 5 years ago

    I don’t think I could eat just one of those little shot glasses. They look so silky, creamy delicious!

  • 5 years ago

    Exquisite as always Deeba and I’m bound to love it…it’s chocolate custard really!

  • 5 years ago

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  • 5 years ago

    Wow. looks excellent with real vanilla bean! What a treat for a fancy dinner party.

  • 5 years ago

    I feel like I say this “Gorgeous, fantastic, etc” on all your posts, but you really have my heart with this one–it’s chocolate!!!! And I love pot de creme–these are the perfect amount!

  • 5 years ago

    Now I’m thinking I need a Thermomix. All your pictures look like eye candy!

  • 5 years ago

    This is incredible. I have such a sweet tooth and I love chocolate…Oh yummy..I totally need to try this recipe. Kisses and enjoy your Thursday

  • Helene
    5 years ago

    This is a dessert that I can’t resist. I usually make Julia Child recipe. Love all of the pics 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Crazy about chocolate, are you talking of me? Those creamy chocolate shots are incredible and of course the strawberries make the difference 🙂

    My chocolate-tooth is pleased 😉

    Cheers,

    Gera

  • 5 years ago

    wow wow wow.. lovely pictures..

    new to ur blog n happy to follow for more wonderful recipes..

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  • 5 years ago

    So true that the humble vanilla bean makes everything delightful! I love looking back at baking project and realizing I’ve gotten over some fears. These chocolate cremes look decadently good! The strawberries and mint are perfect accents for them.

  • 5 years ago

    Oh baby! Oh my! Stunning! Gorgeous! Honey, sister, I want to come to your house! These are absolutely the most beautiful, chicest desserts I have seen in such a long time. You have the magic touch of making something rather simple into something so perfect, elegant, tempting… amazing! Gorgeous photos and simply the perfect chocolate lovers dessert. xoxo

  • 5 years ago

    GOD…i’m left speechless….stunning! what a treat to eyes…i’m satisfied just my seeing! love the idea of dipping into the sugar 🙂

  • 5 years ago

    Deeba, its very interesting to read about ur experiences, thanks for sharing the online source for ingredients too, I live in Boston but everytime I come to India its very hard to find most of the ingredients , m gonna share the source with friends n family back at home too

  • 5 years ago

    Yum! Beautiful photography as always! Plus a great way to use those yolks!

  • 5 years ago

    Yum!!! Beautiful photography as always! A great way to use up those egg yolks!

  • 5 years ago

    Beautiful, elegant presentation of these wonderful desserts. I am always looking for ways to use up egg yolk after making macarons or pavlova. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Krista
    5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning and so darn cute, Deeba! 🙂 I love these little bits of goodness, and think your idea of adding cherries would be DIVINE! 🙂

  • ,ahef="http://www.brevillebov800xlsite.com">Kevin
    5 years ago

    Hey Joanne,

    Who took the photos of those chocolate treats? They are absolutely stunning. I love chocolate and can not wait to try your recipe for Crème au chocolat.
    And you got this paired with strawberries. Perfectly sinful and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kevin
    5 years ago

    Hi Joanne,

    Great photographs of your creations. I am very excited to try your recipe for Crème au chocolat. Paring them with macaroons, strawberry and bing cherrys, wow. That is my idea of heaven. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • 5 years ago

    Your posts are always a visual feast Deeba. I’m going to make these for our Easter supper tonight. It’s a work day here in the Emirates so I wasn’t going to do pud – but this would be perfect.

  • Bookmarked, stumbled, and raring to be made. Tomorrow hopefully 🙂

  • OMG! I love chocolate! Thanks for posting the recipe of Crème au chocolat. I just hope that I’ll be good at making the dessert than eating eat. haha. The photos are amazing, it makes my mouth water. Yummy! 🙂

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  • 5 years ago

    Loved Your recipe i was able to treat my friend with wonderful Creme au chocolate shots
    Next tym i would surely add some twist to it and try adding some white rum to give it a actual shots feel 😉

  • 2 years ago

    I was looking for simple no bake recipe.. I love this recipe:)

  • 2 years ago

    I was looking for a simple no bake recipe. I loved your recipe 🙂

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