Thursday, February 17, 2011

Local Eggs Make Rich Custard:

Another Recipe from the Winter Farmers' Market

Chocolate Pots-de-Creme with Maple Whipped Cream

2 cups milk, cream, or half-and-half

8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, grated or chopped

6 egg yolks

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine the milk and chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. Cook and stir until the chocolate is melted and the milk is scalded. Beat the egg yolks lightly. Temper them by adding 1/2 cup of the milk mixture and stirring. Pour into double boiler along with vanilla. Continue to cook and stir until the custard begins to thicken, about 7-10 minutes. Strain if you want. Pour into custard cups or a large bowl. Cool to room temperature, then cover and chill until ready to serve.

Whip 1 cup of heavy cream until it forms soft peaks. Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Whip until stiff peaks form, serve over custard.

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