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Chocolate Pots de Creme: recipe from Butt Blast

Several folks asked for this recipe over the weekend, so here it is.  It is largely based on the recipe from the book "Sous Vide at Home" by Lisa Fetterman.  I definitely recommend the book - a lot of great recipes.  Unfortunately the recipes aren't posted online.  

This recipe makes enough for 10 4-oz mason jars.  

Ingredients:

3 cups heavy cream
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (the higher quality the better), coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
8 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons coffee liquer or Bailey's Irish cream (optional)

Flaky sea salt for garnish
Whipped cream

Process:

Begin to heat a decent-sized container of water to 176F (80 C) using your Sous Vide.  

In a medium saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a simmer over medium heat.  Stir as it's heating so the cream doesn't burn.  Once it simmers, remove from the heat and whisk in the sugar, vanilla, salt, and chocolate.  Stir until smooth.  Use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the sauce pan, to lift any chocolate pieces that have settled in, and mix them back in.  Whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well after each.  Finally, stir in the coffee liquer.  Transfer the mixture to a large liquid measuring cup for easy pouring, being sure to once again scrape any last bits of chocolate from the bottom of the pan.

Pour the mixture into the 10 mason jars.  Cap each container with a lid.  Tighten each lid to be "finger tight".  

Lower the jars into the sous vide bath, slowly.  Dropping them in quickly risks thermal shock and fracture.  Once the bath gets all the way up to temp (80C), cook the pots for 1 hour.  

When they're done, remove them from the bath with tongs.  Put them in the fridge and allow the custards to cool until they're fully set, at least 3 hours.  

To serve, unscrew the tops and add a pinch of the sea salt to the top, followed by a dollop of whipped cream. 

Enjoy!

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    @northGacock - your wife asked about this one.  
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 16,895
    Thanks John. These things are fanfreakingtastic!
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,232
    Thank you John!  I loved that!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • I seriously can't believe I missed all this. 

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  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,313
    Tried this Saturday and it was awesome... thanks for sharing John....
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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 13,219
    These were excellent. Thanks John! 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 11,061
    @northGacock - your wife asked about this one.  
    Thanks.....I will pass it along...I mean will be making it for her soon .
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

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  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 6,050
    Those things were outstanding john. 
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,755
    Thanks John, Kit was asking about the recipe as well. 
                                                                
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    Monday recovery bump
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,995
    Those look pretty darn tasty. 
    Bookmarked for future reference.  Thanks for sharing!

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  • pineypiney Posts: 1,329
    Thanks John, I will make soon also will order cookbook.
    Lenoir, N.C.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    Those look pretty darn tasty. 
    Bookmarked for future reference.  Thanks for sharing!
    Yep!


    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 8,277
    Those look pretty darn tasty. 
    Bookmarked for future reference.  Thanks for sharing!
    Yep!


    Looks fantastic.
    With the lids on finger tight, will they float around in the water bath or do you have to balance the amount of water so they don't float around?
    Thank you
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,498
    I loved those things John.  Will be making the "NA" very soon!  
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    Photo Egg said:
    Those look pretty darn tasty. 
    Bookmarked for future reference.  Thanks for sharing!
    Yep!


    Looks fantastic.
    With the lids on finger tight, will they float around in the water bath or do you have to balance the amount of water so they don't float around?
    Thank you
    Finger tight is what the recipe calls for, but I generally put the lids on fairly tight.  The jars are nearly filled to the top - maybe a quarter inch to go, so there is some trapped air but not much.  They do not float in the bath - they drop Ike rocks to the bottom.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,044
    edited April 2017
    Thank you for serving these to My Beautiful Wife. I now have Marching orders with the SV. In fact, Suzy is making me stop on our way back from NC to get those jars and lids.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    edited April 2017
    YukonRon said:
    Thank you for serving these to My Beautiful Wife. I now have Marching orders with the SV. In fact, Suzy is making me stop on our way back from NC to get those jars and lids.
    Better pick them up in NC!  They don't sell them in Kentucky, because nobody there can figure out how to screw on the lids.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 28,041
    YukonRon said:
    Thank you for serving these to My Beautiful Wife. I now have Marching orders with the SV. In fact, Suzy is making me stop on our way back from NC to get those jars and lids.
    Better pick them up in NC!  They don't sell them in Kentucky, because nobody there can figure out how to screw on the lids.
    LOL!

    Those were delicious.  I could get in trouble with a recipe like that insofar as I'd need to buy a bigger belt.
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    Everything I consumed from a mason jar was excellent  ;)
    Oh man - @piney had some kind of Apple pie moonshine that was incredible.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 13,044
    There was nothing that had a "meh" moment. The mason jar deserts, we're like everything else, just freakin' awesome.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

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    Louisville, Kentucky
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,657
    Thanks for the recipe. This is on the list as it would win some major points from SWMBO. 

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  • So Wal-Mart was out of 4oz mason jars, how much would cooking time change for 8oz jars?

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    So Wal-Mart was out of 4oz mason jars, how much would cooking time change for 8oz jars?
    I've done those the same amount of time and they still come out great.  You could leave them in 30 min longer if you want to be sure.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • thetrimthetrim Posts: 6,633
    Just got this book. I look forward to trying a lot of things in there.   
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  • Thank you!

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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,469
    thetrim said:
    Just got this book. I look forward to trying a lot of things in there.   
    I've tried a good number of them.  It's a good book.  Recipes aren't too complicated, but somehow mine never come out looking quite as good as hers ;)
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


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