Dark and Spicy Chocolate Pots de Creme for #SundaySupper

Posted by on May 5, 2013 in #SundaySupper, Desserts | 42 comments

Dark and Spicy Chocolate Pots de Creme for #SundaySupper

Chocolate. Spice. Cream. This is one indulgent Cinco de Mayo dessert. Known here in Britain as baked custard, but sounding much prettier with their French name, pots de creme, these are little pots of heaven. But rather than having a sweet, European flavour, these Dark and Spicy Chocolate Pots de Creme are distinctly Mexican, especially for this Cinco de Mayo #SundaySupper, hosted by Jen of Juanitas Cocina (I can’t think of anyone more appropriate to host this week!)

As a Spanish-speaker and avid traveller, I adore Latin American culture: fiestas, comida, buena vida. And to my mind, as far as food is concerned, there is nothing quite as decadent and sultry as chocolate in its Aztec form – dark, spicy and molten. Which is what I have tried to recreate with these chocolate pots de creme.

Chocolate Baked Custard

I have a bit of a love affair with custard – it’s almost alchemy the way that egg yolks, sugar, cream and milk come together to form such silken desserts. It can be poured over British puds, put it into pastry cases, or baked to make pots de creme.

To these basic ingredients, I added a good whack of Peruvian dark chocolate (Mexican wasn’t available, so that was the closest I could get) and a sprinkling of ginger and crushed dried chillies. And somehow, with just a warm oven and a bain marie, all those things just came together perfectly.

Mexican Pots de Creme

Baking using a bain marie can make it sound a little technical, but it is incredibly simple: just a bit of hot water in a roasting tin. It helps custards to bake evenly. Hey presto, you have a dessert fit for a dinner party.

If you like chocolate, you will fall in love with this dessert. I can usually restrain myself not to eat my creations at least until after I have finished photographing them, but with this one, I just dived in. It is the sort of sinful temptation that is just impossible to resist. One is more than enough, but you will be hooked. No wonder the Aztecs believed chocolate as they knew it was the food of the gods.

Spiced Baked Custard

Dark and Spicy Chocolate Pots de Creme
Serves 4
Mexican-inspired chocolate baked custards.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. 3 egg yolks
  2. 3 tbsp caster sugar
  3. 300ml double cream (reserve 50ml for cream topping)
  4. 125ml milk
  5. 75g quality dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids
  6. 1 tsp ground ginger
  7. 1/2 tsp ground dried chillies
  8. 1 tbsp icing sugar (for cream topping)
  1. Preheat the oven to 150C and have ready 4 ramekins and a roasting tin.
  2. Sift caster sugar and whisk together with the egg yolks until frothy.
  3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a saucepan with 250ml of the cream, all the milk and the spices. Set over a low heat and stir continuously until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is warmed through. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Boil the kettle.
  5. Give the egg mixture another whisk, then pour in a small amount of the cream mixture, whisking all the time. Slowly add the rest of the cream mixture, continuing to whisk.
  6. Pour the mixture into a jug, then fill each ramekin.
  7. Place ramekins into the roasting tin and carefully pour the hot, just boiled water from the kettle into the tin around the ramekins. Fill to about halfway up the ramekins - this will ensure an even bake.
  8. Put into the centre of the oven and bake for about 45 mins, or until the custards are set but still with a jiggle. The centres will continue to set as they cool.
  9. Remove from oven and transfer ramekins onto a wire rack to cool.
  10. Place in fridge to chill and set completely for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  11. Before serving, make the cream topping by whipping the remaining 50ml of cream with 1 tbsp of icing sugar.
  12. Spoon onto the custards, then sprinkle with ginger and finely chopped flakes of dark chocolate.
  13. Grab a spoon - or if you have great restraint, save until after the main course.
  1. Pots de creme are more forgiving to make than you might imagine: you can open the oven to check on them during the baking time and they will be perfectly alright.
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Celebrate in true Mexican style with the extensive #SundaySupper Cinco de Mayo menu:

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Cinco de Mayo Drinks {Bebidas}:

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  1. Oh, my goodness, Katy, reading your post and seeing your photos has my stomach grumbling. Your pots de creme chocolat are beyond! Love the touch of ginger, too =)

    • Thank you! Ginger is one of my favourite spices :)

  2. I really, really like custard, and have been meaning to make it for a while. And don´t get me started on how much I like spicy chocolate… These are dreamy pots de creme as you can imagine!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Red Chile Jam + Tequila Chicken Quesadilla #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Oh tell me about it – I would love to go back to the Aztec times to try their chocolate caliente!

  3. Sounds so good and creamy, Katy!
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    • They are too good – had my second one today – was supposed to be keeping them for friends – oops!

  4. Oh Katy, katy! These look so wonderful. I love that you added the ginger and the chilies. I bet that gives it just that perfect creamy kick. These are awesome. And you had be at chocolate anyway 😉
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    • Thanks Nicole!

  5. Ok, I admit- I don’t like chocolate too much (I know, crazy, right?), BUT custard is one of my ultimates. I would try anything in a custard form and this does look delicious!
    Jennifer B recently posted..Fruity Aguas Frescas for #SundaySupper’s Cinco de Mayo PartyMy Profile

    • If you like cocoa but not semisweet chocolate, these are good – good quality dark chocolate with a little spice is how chocolate is supposed to taste. If not, it’s quite easy to leave out the chocolate and different flavours to get the custard you want!

  6. I love a kick of heat with my chocolate! Lovely dessert!!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Slow Cooked Carne Asada Tacos #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! Me too!

  7. You totally took these to the next level! LOVE a little spice in my chocolate!
    Jen @JuanitasCocina recently posted..Roasted Poblano & Corn Lasagna ~ Cinco de Mayo #SundaySupper!My Profile

    • Thank you! I think it’s the way chocolate should be :)

  8. Love these for a spicy after-dinner treat. Yum!
    BusyWorkingMama recently posted..Mini Breakfast EggCups #RecipeMy Profile

    • Thanks!

  9. Oh, yes please :) These looks absolutely fantastic! ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
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  10. This looks like a pot of heaven! It also looks fairly easy for me (a non-baker) to make. Wonderful looking dessert.
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    • They are really easy to make! No stress at all involved :)

  11. Oh what a wonderful dessert! Love the combo of chocolate, chilis, and ginger.
    Renee recently posted..Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn) for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! The chillis give the Mexican hit, the ginger’s just there because I love it!

  12. Wow! These look amazing! I love that you’ve added a little kick to the traditional pots de creme. Chocolate always goes over well at my house :)
    Liz recently posted..Soft Shell Tacos…#SundaySupper, #CincodeMayoMy Profile

    • Thank you!

  13. You’re baking dishes are adorable! I’ll need to try these… they sound delicious and who doesn’t love mini-desserts?!
    Camille recently posted..Fried Ice Cream for a Crowd #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  14. I just love pots de creme. These look great.
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    • Thank you, Kim!

  15. Yum! I love the spice and chocolate combo, and it sounds like the pairing has been done perfectly here!
    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere recently posted..Fish Tacos with Lime Salsa #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you!

  16. I love how the touch of spice jacks up the dark chocolate – almost like mole!
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    • Yep, spice just adds something extra to dark chocolate doesn’t it?!

  17. I am absolutely DROOLING over this dessert – the crunchy top….the rich chocolate…WANT!!!
    Katie recently posted..Pretty One Piece Bathing SuitsMy Profile

    • Thank you! They are really easy to make if you want them!

  18. I have to confess….I’ve never crossed chocolate with spice but you make it look and sound fabulous!

    • Oh you have to try it! It’s how chocolate always was before the Spanish got hold of it and brought it back to Europe!

  19. This looks so rich and creamy! It’s awesome that you speak Spanish. I wish I would have kept at it.
    Laura Dembowski recently posted..Peanut Mazapanes #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I’m sure you could pick it up again – it feels daunting but once you get going it wouldn’t be too bad!

  20. Absolutely gorgeous, luv! :-) The addition of ginger to your spice is brilliant. I too adore custard. It wasn’t a common thing in the States, but they LOVE it here in Oz! I don’t mind a bit. :-)
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  21. Love the chilis and ginger in it! I bet it was the perfect balance to the chocolate.
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  22. I love this post, Katy. As a chocoholic, I fully agree with the Aztecs that chocolate is the food of the gods. And I feel the same way about custard – whoever created it is a genius. I wish I were digging into one of your pots de creme along with you!

  23. I love that you made these spicy! I’m about ready to lick my screen right now!
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  24. This is perfect!!! I really want to eat this right this second.
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