pot de crème au chocolat

pot de creme au chocolat | movita beaucoup

Last evening, we bid farewell to our dear, sweet friend, ebony. She has been 2.0’s constant and loyal companion for many years, and we will miss her far more than I can properly express in words. As I’ve said before: a million accumulated moments of happiness can be matched in sorrow the instant you have to say goodbye.

ebony

So, to ease our sorrow, I think we should talk about decadent treats and watch funny videos, as ebony would most certainly approve of such things. If you’ve got any suggestions, we’d be most appreciative. And in remembrance of happier times, here’s one of my most favourite ebony-and-2.0 stories. (This photo pretty much sums up ebony’s disposition.)

pot de creme au chocolat | movita beaucoup

This is a time for comfort food. Something like these pots de crème. Rich and chocolatey, best served in small portions. It’s a decadent pudding treat on its own, but is also lovely served with a generous dollop of whipped cream. I broke out my great grandmother’s tea cups for serving, as they are purrfectly ladylike. Also, I’m assuming you made yourself a mountain of meringues this week, and might require a recipe to use up your extra egg yolks.

pot de creme au chocolat | movita beaucoup

If there is, indeed, a cat heaven, I’d like to make the following requests: that ebony once again hear the birds and watch the clouds floating by from a soft, sunny patch. That a bathtub full of water bowls be available for playing and splashing, with a kitty-approved water fountain nearby for proper drinking. That she be able to rest upon a memory foam bath mat adjacent to a powerful heat dish whenever she might like.

And if an all-you-can-eat pork chop bar could be at the ready, I’d be most appreciative.

ebby

. . .

Pot de Crème au Chocolat

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Yields 4-6 small servings.

  • 6 egg yolks, room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cups light cream (5-10% milk fat)
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Mise en place – begin by getting organized. Read through the entire recipe before beginning. Measure out all of your ingredients. Have your serving vessels at the ready – small is best for this very decadent treat. 

In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and salt. Set aside.

In a saucepan set over medium-low heat, heat the cream, chocolate and sugar, whisking frequently, until the chocolate is melted, the mixture is smooth and the liquid is hot to the touch.

Temper the eggs by using a ladle to drizzle about 1/2 cup of the hot liquid into the eggs while whisking constantly. (Constant whisking is very important to ensure the eggs don’t cook/scramble.)

Slowly pour the egg mixture into the remaining hot mixture in the pot, again whisking constantly. Cook and whisk continuously over medium heat until slightly thickened – 5-10 minutes. (It won’t be as thick as a traditional pudding at this point – it will be a loose pudding.)

Pour into small serving vessels and chill until set – about 3 hours.

Garnish as desired or serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

52 Responses to pot de crème au chocolat

  1. Stacy March 8, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    So, so sorry to hear of your loss, Movita, and deep condolences to 2.0. Pets are family and their loss is a tight ache that can only be eased with time and, just perhaps, chocolate. I love that you’ve used the fancy china teacups for your beautiful pots of chocolate. I’m thinking they may well serve the limitless pork chops in similar cups in cat heaven. As is right and good.

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      Thanks, Stacy. I’d like to think that ebony would enjoy her pork chops in fancy dishes. And then I remember that, like 2.0 and I, she had no table manners… We’ve just returned from the shop with copious quantities of chocolate and potato chips – which should help immensely!

  2. Maureen March 8, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    I’m pretty sure heaven has just what Ebony wants – she earned it. My thoughts are with you both. Pets mean so much to us.

    Your grandmother’s tea cups are just perfect for this beautiful pots de crème.

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks, Maureen. She really did mean a lot to us – which is why saying goodbye was both hard and necessary. xox

  3. sublimedelights March 8, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Oh what a lovely tribute and Kitty heaven wish for your gorgeous and wonderful friend.

  4. Katherine (eggton) March 8, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Movita and 2.0, I am just heartbroken for you. I will be thinking about you and wishing you comfort. What a hard thing to go through. I’m so sorry. Movita, please give 2.0 an uncomfortably long hug from us.

    The teacups are stunning (what a deep, fairytale purple on the second one!), as is the styling. So elegant–the perfect accompaniment to this farewell.

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      I just hugged 2.0 for a long time. He squirmed and tried to get away, but I hung on as he walked away (with my legs dragging behind). I think it helped. We both send thanks for your well-wishes… xox

  5. sue/the view from great island March 8, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    It was hard to read your words, I know how much pain lies behind them…your pot de creme looks silky and rich, and the cups are the perfect ‘pots’ for such an elegant dessert. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Grace March 8, 2014 at 11:01 am #

    So sorry to hear about your loss. The tea cups are stunning. I do hope the chocolate helped a little. It is always a good first step towards happy.

  7. shannon March 8, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    i am so incredibly sorry for your loss: i know Ebony had been struggling these past few months, and i’m sure this is a terrible heartbreak for you both. I wish you the best in the upcoming days and weeks, and i’ll keep you in my thoughts.

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

      Thanks, friend. We know with certainty that we made the right decision for our little friend. It brings us comfort – just like all of the lovely words here. Tonight we will dine on burgers and fries {healing food}, and celebrate ebony’s life! Thanks for sending us your best wishes… xox

  8. emmalina73 March 8, 2014 at 11:51 am #

    I’m sorry to hear your lovely friend has passed on, I know how hard it is to lose a long time companion like that. I’m sending fluffy hugs and lots of comforting cakes your way my friend xxx

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      Thanks, Emma. I’m assuming the cat fur on my nose came from you…

  9. Auntie March 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    The Duchess and I also join all your good friends in sympathy for your loss.

  10. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories March 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    I’m so sorry for you and 2.0. Such beautiful eyes. Such an elegant toast to her.

  11. Anne @ Webicurean March 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    So sorry to hear about your loss. We lost our sweet kitty Jimbo just before the holidays last year, and it was heartbreaking. Your post is a wonderful tribute to her memory.

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Thanks, Anne. It seems our furry friends are only here for a short time – amazing how much they can fill your heart and soul while they are here! We miss ebony already, but know that we won’t ever forget her. So sorry to hear about Jimbo – I’m sure you feel the same way. Cheers to our late, great friends…

  12. ironwoodfarm March 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Sweet Ebony is proof of the many facets of our personalities, from Junkyard Dog to Queen of the Castle, from fountain wader to sunbeam lounger. She will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
    Love and hugs to you and 2.0.
    xo H, BeBe, et al

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Thanks, Heather – your words are perfection. We’ll hold your sentiments close as we navigate the next few days. Our upcoming sushi date will surely help!

  13. s.e. March 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    So sorry to hear it. I didn’t read this post until now or I would have said something in person today. Saying goodbye to a long time animal companion is so hard even when the time has so clearly arrived.

    • movita beaucoup March 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      I made it through the whole day at work without crying, so let’s assume it’s best that we didn’t chat about it! I do appreciate your kind words, and we are absolutely certain that we did the right thing for ebony. xox

  14. tworedbowls March 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    My heart goes out to you, Movita. “A million accumulated moments of happiness can be matched in sorrow the instant you have to say goodbye” — it’s so true. Loved reading about Ebony (and that fan photo got a big laugh), so I can’t even begin to imagine how you’re feeling. Thinking of you (okay, and also these pots de creme).

  15. kerrycooks March 8, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Oh Movita, I know exactly how you’re feeling after our lovely boy Marty died in Dec aged only 3. I’m so sorry for you and 2.0. I agree with you that the heartbreak is so huge when you love something so much, but over time I find you remember the moments of happiness more than the end.

  16. Molly March 8, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    Aww, so sorry to hear that you’re enduring this loss. Big, big hugs from Baltimore.

  17. Beth March 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    So sorry to hear such sad news,

  18. backpackbee March 9, 2014 at 4:02 am #

    i am so terribly sorry! We too have had to say goodbye to our dearest Bean recently. It’s a hole I am afraid to say that will never be filled. Thankfully you have beautiful photos to remember and the memories of companionship to you both. Might I suggest a beautiful photo book for your coffee table?

  19. Sharon Graves March 9, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    Huge sigh of sadness from here as well. It’s so hard to think that our feline companions will ever leave us, when they’ve been underfoot and on our keyboards and in every sunny spot in the house for so long. I hope your hurt heals soon. And thank you for the beautiful chocolate Pot de Creme. The photos are stunning.

  20. rockandwool March 9, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    How many ways can i say I LUB YOU?
    yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum

  21. themessybakerblog March 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ebony. Losing a furry loved one is so hard. I’d say that pot de creme is a perfect way to ease the pain. I love those dainty little tea cups. Your photos are gorgeous. Pinned.

  22. Stephbo March 9, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear about Ebony. I lost my own soul kitty, Yuri, almost one year ago, and there’s still a gaping hole in my heart and in our family. Black kitties are very special creatures. Hugs to you and 2.0 as you grieve.

  23. Kita (@passthesushi) March 9, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    I’m sad that you had to say farewell to Ebony. It’s always so hard. There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. I love the pic you shared of her though.

  24. Susan March 10, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    RIP Ebony. I’m sorry for your loss, but I think you’ve honoured her well with this post. The potted cream look and sound SENSATIONAL and, despite the sadness, you still managed to make me laugh. Thank you kindly. xo

  25. Kelly Neil March 10, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Ohhhhh – what a sweet girl. I’m sure she’d love the thought of you two drowning your sorrow in a pot de crème au chocolat. Big hugs. xo.

  26. Lan | morestomach March 10, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    oh darling, i’m sorry about this. i am not much of a cat person, but your ebony sounds like the kind of cat i’d’ve chilled with. hugs to you and 2.0.

  27. Dana Staves March 10, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear about Ebony. Our pets are our babies, and they are a part of the rhythm of everything we do. From one cat mom to another, I’m really sorry. It seems like you’ve taken the right steps to ensure comfort with these beautiful desserts.

  28. Willow @Will Cook For Friends March 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I’m so, so sorry for your loss. It can be easy to forget how much pets mean to us until they’re gone, and then it’s a hard reminder to take. I’m sure Ebony knew she was well loved, and is happily munching on pork chops in kitty heaven. You seem to be doing the right thing, coping wise… there isn’t much that super adorable chocolate pots de creme can’t cure. Hugs to you and 2.0!

  29. natalie @ wee eats March 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    Oh no! I’m so sorry for your loss! I think she will keep my old friend Fluffy company in that big cat farm in the sky.

    This made me laugh a bit, but then being mean to kids always makes me laugh more than is probably socially acceptable > http://m.imgur.com/gallery/LisFE

    and then so did this … http://m.imgur.com/N3k4dQe

    • movita beaucoup March 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      Uh, both of those links made me INCREDIBLY HAPPY.

      Well done, lady. Well done.

  30. Juls March 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    Oh Movie, I just got around to reading this post and it’s so very sad. My first cat Pepper died two years ago and I remember how it totally broke my heart and the grief I felt was the same level of grief I had had upon losing my favourite grandparent. Your animals become such a poignant and honest part of your family, as intrinsic as any one of you, and you cannot ever imagine them not to be part of your family until, inevitably, they go long before us. Pepper’s ashes are on my dressing table, there is always a flower by them and I have a chat with him every morning (some people find that weird, but it’s OK, it’s just between you and me, it’s not like this is on the internet or anything).

    And Pepper’s been waiting for a playmate in cat-heaven. I think both him and ebony will be delighted with each other’s company. He was always enchanted by fluffy cats. And pork chops.

  31. Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Omg Movita, at first I had tears at the thought of you and 2.0 losing your dear pet. Now they’re tears of laughter after re-reading that awesome story about the bowl of water (in a moving car. Yes, let’s go there) and that photo of her lying under the fan. Amazing. Pets are amazing. I love them more than humans most of the time. I’m sorry for your loss but you have so many incredible memories. And her look of disdain is epic. You KNOW that she’s thinking humans are idiots by the look on her face. I love it. Just as much as I love your beautiful pots de creme (is that the right way to pluralize it? Can it even BE pluralized?). I hope this provides you both with a bit of comfort during this difficult time.

  32. Isabelle @ Crumb March 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    I am so, so sorry you had to say goodbye to your beautiful girl. It’s funny how such little creatures can leave such a big hole in our hearts when they’re gone. 🙁 Sending you love and hugs from the big city.

  33. Renee March 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    My dear. So sorry for your loss. Giant hug all the way from Sask. xoxo

  34. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen March 11, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    What a special love your Ebony was, I can see how much you loved her from her photos. The loss of a pet is always so hard. I wallowed in comfort food myself and your recipe looks perfect for that! It’s so pretty, elegant and as silky black as your precious kitty, she would approve! xx

  35. frugalfeeding March 12, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Hey! Sorry I’ve been a little pants in commenting on your stuff! These look delectable. Delicious. Decadent… Wonderful. I’m really craving chocolate now too… thanks…

  36. emma March 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    I read this first-thing that I saw it (saturday?), but I haven’t yet mastered the skills of iphone comment leaving. and so, I spent the rest of the weekend hugging and kissing my kittykins, giving her loads of love, and leaving no comments. Love to you too, Rachael. Having best friends is hard.

    I’m also working really hard to understand Frugal’s slang in the comment ^above^. I’ve been a little pants! Does that mean like your pants are too tight? You’ve been panting a little bit? Or you’ve been a pain in the ass, abbreviated, p.a.n.t.s.?

    • emma March 12, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      or does it mean you’re like enthusiastically wearing pants, strutting and showing them off, i.e., “Hey world, I’m PANTS-in!”

      • movita beaucoup March 15, 2014 at 5:58 am #

        Yes. This one. I always wear my pants with enthusiasm!

  37. consuelohoneyandfigs March 13, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Sending big hugs and positive vibes your way!
    These pots de creme look unreal. What a wonderful treat! xx

  38. Amy March 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    I’m so behind on blog reading so I apologize for this incredibly late comment to this post…I’m so so sorry for your loss. Losing your beloved pet is one of the hardest things to deal with. What a sweet girl Ebony was…and I’m sure she had one of the most wonderful, well-loved kitty lives ever 🙂 Hugs to you and 2.0…

  39. Rock Salt March 14, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Movita and 2.0, I’m so sorry. What a difficult decision. I’m glad you are embracing the healing power of the right kind of food x

  40. mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry March 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    I apologize for my late comment, but we were so sorry to hear about poor Ebony. Losing a pet is so devastating – especially the great ones. She was a beauty and I hope that your fond memories of her will continue to comfort you both.

  41. movita beaucoup December 28, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in March 2014. Thanks for stopping by!

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