Coffee Custards

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 1hr 10mins




  • In a small skillet, cook ¼ cup of the sugar over moderate heat, stirring with a fork, until it is melted and golden caramel in colour.
  • Add ¼ cup water carefully (pour it into the side of the skillet) and simmer the mixture, stirring, until the caramel is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until it is melted.
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Scald the milk.
  • In a bowl, whisk the yolks and the whole egg with the remaining ¼ cup sugar and add the chocolate mixture, whisking.
  • Whisk in the scalded milk in a stream.
  • Add the espresso powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt.
  • Strain the custard through a fine sieve into another bowl, skim the froth, and divide the custard among six ramekins.
  • Put ramekins in a baking pan and add enough hot water to reach one-third up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Cover pan tightly with foil.
  • Bake custards in the middle of the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until they are just set.
  • Let them cool completely, uncovered.
  • Chill, covered, for 3 hours before serving (may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled).
  • Garnish each custard with a rosette of whipped cream.