This beauty began as a milk chocolate creme brûlée, but as I can’t leave anything alone, some type of transformation was inevitable. I’ve just been trying to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet lately and the added crunchy layer of sugary goodness in creme brûlée was just another one of those sacrifices I’ve had to make. So, I threw on a fancy name, calling this a Pots de Creme, and that alone made me feel so much better. But seriously, this is a delicious pots de creme. It is creamy, sweet, chocolatey and basically, perfect as is.
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Milk Chocolate Pots de Creme
2 cups whole milk (see Notes)
3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon amaretto
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the salt. Bring just to a simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate has melted and set aside.
In a medium bowl, add the remaining 1 tablespoons of sugar with the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk until smooth. Very gradually and in a very fine stream, add the chocolate mixture to the bowl while constantly whisking. Be careful to do this very slowly at first, so you don’t cook the eggs. Add the amaretto and the vanilla extract and whisk to incorporate.
Divide the mixture between 6 ramekins, pouring about a half cup in each. Place the ramekins in a 13 x 9 baking dish. Add hot tap water to the baking dish so that it comes up just about an inch around the ramekins.
Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
Carefully remove the ramekins from the pan and allow them to cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for three to four hours.