10-Minute Pots de Crème

When I owned my catering company in San Diego, anytime George wasn’t deployed, he was forcibly employed as my sous chef (free labor!). He loved pot de crème duty because this recipe is so, so simple … and because he got to lick the spatula afterward.ADVERTISING

Serves 2

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup strong, very hot coffee
  • Crème fraîche and chocolate shavings for topping (optional)

In a blender, combine the chocolate chips, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Blend until coarsely blended, about 10 seconds. Turn off the motor, scrape down the sides, and pour in the (very hot!) coffee. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute until no specks remain and the mixture is completely smooth. Divide the chocolate mixture between two small vessels (jars or small glass cups work well), cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but up to several days before serving. When serving, top with crème fraîche and chocolate shavings, if desired.

Do Your Thing: This recipe easily triples for a crowd. Don’t worry if you don’t have six matching glass vessels; it’s a fun rustic look if everyone has a different container. I also like to pour it into shot glasses and serve with demitasse spoons for a cute mini dessert.

Buy Smart: Don’t waste a pot of coffee to make this: If I know I’m making this later in the day, I like to reserve 1/3 cup of coffee from my morning pot and heat it up for the recipe.

Reprinted from “Just Married” by Caroline Chambers with permission by Chronicle Books, 2018.