Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bailey's Pots de Crème

It's the dessert you've all been waiting for. It is the most creamily decadent chocolate dessert to ever grace your taste buds, and it is mind-numbingly easy. You make it in a blender for goodness' sake. I first heard of this type of dessert over at Pioneer Woman, and have made it dozens of times with success each time. I make it often enough that I have memorized the recipe. It's that good. If we have last-minute guests coming over, I throw this in the blender, pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours and voilà, a dessert worthy of the fanciest tables in the fanciest restaurants in, like, Paris or something. I've adapted Pioneer Woman's recipe a bit, substituted hot chocolate for the hot coffee and settled on Bailey's as my liqueur of choice. Honey whiskey is a flavour well worth trying though. 

Bailey's Pots de Crème

Makes 4 generous portions, and doubles easily if you have a crowd coming over.

3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
1/2 tbsp Bailey's liqueur
pinch of salt

1/2 cup boiling water
1 heaping tbsp hot chocolate powder

Start your kettle boiling to have the water ready for a few minutes from now. Throw the chocolate chips, eggs, Bailey's and salt into the blender and blend well. 

Blend it real well. 

Mix together the hot chocolate powder with the just-boiled water. You want it to be really hot! When the mixture in the blender is as smooth as it will go, while it's still blending take the little round thing out of the top of the blender and slowly pour in the super hot chocolate.

The mixture will emulsify, slightly cooking the egg and giving the chocolate an amazingly smooth texture much like ganache. It's essentially chocolate mousse without the whipped cream. Delicious

Pour individual portions in ramekins or any other dish of your choice (check out Pioneer Woman, linked above, she had some good ideas). Sometimes I just pour it into a big dish for scooping or dipping things into. Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours until firm, then serve with whipped cream.

My husband wanted me to take this picture and give it this caption - "This is what your bowl will look like 8 seconds after take your first bite."

For an even more decadent dessert (because that's what we all want) take those mini cream puffs from Costco and top with the chocolate stuff and whipped cream if you like. I think this may just be my favourite dessert of all time. I kid you not.

Oh good Lord. This honestly tastes like Heaven. Easiest make-ahead dessert you will ever make, and everyone will ask you for the recipe. :)

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