I found this recipe at gourmetsleuth.com and I love that it incorporates chile into the chocolate custard! The Mexican chocolate is sweet so no additional sugar is required.
- 2 cups chilled whipping cream
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons instant espresso powder
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 chiles de arbol
- 6 large egg yolks, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 pinch salt
- 1⁄2 cup whipping cream (optional)
- Position your oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Slice the two chile peppers in half and carefully remove the seeds. Combine 2 cups of the cream, sugar, chiles and the espresso powder in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer while you whisk, dissolving the espresso powder. Once simmering, remove from the heat and remove the chiles with a slotted spoon and discard. Add the chocolate and stir until it is melted and smooth. Set aside.
- Select a large bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon and salt until well blended. Whisk in the chocolate mixture. Strain the mixture into a large 4-cup measuring cup.
- Place 6-8 custard cups or ramekins in a large roasting pan at least 2" deep. Divide the mixture evenly among the cups. Pour enough hot water in the pan to come halfway up the sides of the cups. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Place in oven and bake until the custard is just set around the edges, approximately 25 - 35 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven. Remove cups from the pan and allow them to cool. Cover and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours and as long as overnight.
- To Serve: Whip cream until soft peaks form. Spoon creme into a pastry bag with a star shaped tip. Pipe one star in the middle of each cup.
El chocolate y esto del amor es muy buenos! (Love chocolate and this is very good!) I used Mexican vanilla- I think it is the best and always make sure that I have it. I garnished with toasted almonds for a bit of crunch with the whipped cream. Served ours with Daddy's Margaritas on the Rocks, Bahamian Peas and Rice, and Chicken With Citrus Sauce to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary-followed by a lovely walk. Thank you for sharing this evelyn/athens. Made after my siesta while visiting Mexico during ZWT5 for the Chow Hounds.
Made this for a Mexican themed dinner party. Rather than hunt for chiles de arbol, I just used 4 oz of dark chocolate with chilis in it. Worked GREAT! Even our 1 fussy dinner member thought it was terrific. She even asked what cinnamon I'd used in the dish and was shocked when I told her it was chilis. Thank you!!
Reviewed for ZWT III. Well what can I say? I LOVED these! Just the right amount of chocolate - nice and rich tasting- they hit the spot well! Easy to make, instructions are nice and clear. Can't wait to try these again. Big thanks!