Chocolate Raspberry Pots de Creme
One thing I love about living in Asheville, North Carolina is that it attracts food lovers. People visit here for all sorts of food festivals throughout the year. Others come to stay; opening restaurants, farming, attending culinary school, and producing artisan cheeses. With so many taking part in this “Foodtopian Society” as we call it, there is never a lack for delicious conversation or cooking buddies.
Debby Maugans is just such a friend. She moved to Asheville from Birmingham, Alabama, and is an avid member of our food culture. She’s been developing recipes for years as the author of the Birmingham News, Table for Two, and is passionate about good eats.
As an ardent food writer and author of three cookbooks: Beyond the Breakfast Bowl, the very popular Small-Batch Baking, and now Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers, Debby’s recipes are tried-and-true and easy to follow.
Debby would tell you Small-Batch Baking was inspired by her teenage daughter who would ask for homemade chocolate brownies a couple times a week. She would eat a brownie or two, then leave the rest of the pan sitting around for Debby to resist. She decided to make tiny batches of brownies in a small loaf pan each time, so their would be just enough for her daughter’s craving and no leftovers. Later she made tiny cakes for a baby shower, using metal cans as the cake pans and Small-Batch Baking was born!
Not everyone has a brood of children to bake for, and many of us want a decedent treat now-and-again without the concern of excess layer cake and cookies taunting us days later. Debby has taken all the effort out of making sweet treats for this generation’s small family; pairing back recipes, without loosing taste or texture.
Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers is a collection of all things chocolate. As Debby states in her introduction, “Everything is better with chocolate” and she is out the prove it with: Praline Chocolate Brownie Cake, Chocolate Early Grey Tea Souffles, and Chocolate Baklava.
As I dug through the book, salivating over the chocolate-laden recipes, I decided to make a treat with more chocolate and less of everything else! That’s how I roll. *wink*
I started with Debby’s Chocolate Raspberry Pots de Creme. These silky chocolate cups, fragrant with raspberry liqueur, are utterly amazing. Smooth, rich, balanced, and not overly sweet; I say they land somewhere between the best chocolate pudding ever and eating straight chocolate ganache. It gives me the shivers, all over again, just to think about them! Hugs to Debby Maugans.
To Prepare Chocolate Raspberry Pots de Creme:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place two 6 oz. custard cups in a rimmed baking dish.
Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan until it simmers. Pour 1/3 of the cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for 1 minute.
Whisk until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture back into the saucepan and whisk.
Place the egg yolks in a small bowl. Whisk a little of the cream mixture into the eggs. Then pour the egg mixture back into the sauce pan and whisk well.
Mix the sugar and cocoa powder together. Add then to the sauce pan and whisk well. Allow the mixture to thicken for about 5 minutes—stir constantly.
Add the raspberry liqueur, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Then pour the mixture into two custard cups. Fill the rimmed pan with hot water until it come half way up the side of the custard cups. Then place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Chocolate Raspberry Pots de Creme
- 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate chopped
- 1/4 ounce unsweetened chocolate chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoons egg yolk about 1 1/2 eggs yolks
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon raspberry liqueur
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch salt
- Whipped cream and fresh raspberries for serving
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place two 6-ounce custard cups in a rimmed baking dish.
- Place the chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan until it simmers. Pour 1/3 of the cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Pour the chocolate mixture back into the saucepan and whisk.
- Place the egg yolks in a small bowl. Whisk a little of the cream mixture into the eggs. Then pour the egg mixture back into the sauce pan and whisk well.
- Mix the sugar and cocoa powder together. Add then to the sauce pan and whisk well. Allow the mixture to thicken for about 5 minutes—stir constantly.
- Add the raspberry liqueur, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Then pour the mixture into two custard cups. Fill the rimmed pan with hot water until it come half way up the side of the custard cups. Then place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
- The Pots de creme should be set, but a little jiggly. Place them in the fridge to cool, once cooled cover until ready to serve. Serve with Whipped cream and fresh raspberries.
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My husband would eat the whole recipe and ask for more! lol
Everything is very open with a really clear clarification of the challenges.
It was definitely informative. Your site is very useful. Many thanks for sharing!
Chocolate and Raspberry is my favorite combo!! Yum!
Looks delicious! I was watching an episode of Pioneer Woman and she made this on Chocolate Day. She added fresh whipped cream to the top!
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Anything dipped in white chocolate!
Soft chewy milk chocolate chip cookies!!!
white chocolate is my downfall, in a good way :)
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I love baking with chocolate, and since my kids are grown and gone, this cookbook would be perfect for me. Thanks for the chance!
Wow! they look delicious! great giveaway!
Oh. My. God. YUM!! What could possibly be better than chocolate and raspberries?! Love love love!! The only thing that even comes remotely close is chocolate and orange… Or chocolate and pineapple! I’m working on a concoction today of pineapple and chocolate, which should be quite yummy!
Milk Chocolate for me!
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I adore chocolate ~ the darker the better!!!!
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Debby’s book is LOVELY and so is your pots de creme;) I would love to sample one right now;)
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Oh oh these are so chocolatty and delicious! My husband absolutely LOVES chocolate, but wants to be a healthy eater. This is the perfect recipe book for us! I can spoil him but he won’t have to feel guilty:)
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I just tweeted about the giveaway as well!
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Sold! I love love love the idea of a cookbook featuring chocolate and in small portions so you can whip up treats to satisfy cravings and not need to feed the neighbors along with it :) Would love to win a copy of this book!
Gorgeous as usual !!!
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A give away!!! YAY! Can I? I really like the idea of small batches, esp when I only just taste as I go along or just have on portion for calorie control.
What a sweet giveaway. Im always looking for smaller portion baking so that we can enjoy our treat but not over indulge at any point. These raspberry pots de creme look beautiful.
this will help with the sweet cravings and I won’t over eat.
I can’t imagine life without chocolate! Your little desserts look so delicious. I like the idea of making small batches. As it is now, I freeze a considerable amount of my baked goods, and that’s after I have already given some away.
Great idea for baking in small amounts so I don’t have leftovers to tempt me for days! I scream, you scream, we all scream for….chocolate!
Chocolate does make all things better. In fact, I had to resist the urge to buy some just today!
Small batch baking is a terrific concept, this is just what I always do too. And these pots de creme are super decadent, yum!
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These chocolate raspberry pots de cremes are sure pretty and I love the theme of the book since we are just two people here I may have to pick this book up;-)
MMM…chocolate and raspberries = addicting! I have yet to make a pot de creme but I must soon…they sound great.
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these look AH-mazing!! i lurve chocolate! this book looks awesome!!!!
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Beautiful chocolate pot de cremes! I would love an almond joy version of these.. sooo yum!
This looks dangerously good! Chocolate Baklava?! Yes, please. :)
New subcriber- love the chocolate and raspberry dessert – one of my family’s favorite combos – will definitely be making this soon!
Chocolate licentiousness at it’s best!
Small bites are just perfect for me! Just a little bit is pure satisfaction and when a recipe calls for a liquor added in, all the better!
Raspberry chocolate pots de creme =:-D
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I heart chocolate and your pics on this post almost drove me over the edge. Yum!
Does Harry Anderson (of Night Court) still run a restaurant in Asheville? He moved there from New Orleans after Katrina … can’t remember if he stayed. Funny, funny article in the New York Times about the transition.
I love raspberry chocolate anything. But the best are the raspberry chocolate truffles at the Oakmont Bakery in Pittsburgh :)
Ooooooh, this book looks lovely! Would love to win it! I love chocolate but don’t bake often because my household doesn’t help me eat sweets.
yay yummy chocolate!!
Chocolate and raspberry, a match made in Heaven!
a chocolaty comment….I’m going into cocoa overload. How can I pick just one. Right now I’m thinking orange cake with cream cheese filling topped with an oozy gooey chocolate ganache.
And I’m a new subscriber, too! Love your blog. Wish I could come to Asheville again.
Chocolate and raspberries is my all-time favorite combination. ANd I absolutely need this cookbook. My husband is just like Debby’s daughter — begging for treats and then leaving the temptations!
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I love pots de creme. I’m thinking of making some with cardamom this week as I have plenty of eggs and milk in my fridge.
Chocolate and creme brulee are next on my list.
I love chocolate, if there is one thing I can not give up it’s that one, and a little bit goes a long way, there is such a taste satisfaction with it.
Perfect cookbook for two retired folk that still love having a decadent treat now and then! Can’t wait for summertime raspberry canes to give up nice local berries for this dessert! Yum! Thanks for the inspiration, Sommer!
Beautiful Pots de Creme! I haven’t seen this book before, but sounds perfect for me…I love chocolate but have little self control when it comes to a plate overflowing with treats!
This is one serious dessert! My wife loves chocolate and I haven’t ever made her one of these. What kind of person am I?
I love the idea of small batch raspberries! I don’t like making too many as I can’t eat them all, and my parents don’t have a sweet tooth. These pots de creme look pretty yummy though :)
I’m a big of chocolate. Thanks for sharing!
Looks so decadent and the book sounds great .
My son is a chocoholic while although I LOVE it, I am trying to lose weight. Debby Maugan’s book sounds devine in more ways than one. What is it about chocolate that inspires and haunts us? There are worse addictions :o)
I’d love to win this *almost* as much as I love chocolate ;)
How sinfully delicious! Raspberry liquer? Yes please.
What decadence in a pot with rasberries on top! Alas, delish is too poor a word :(
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I want one of those. Badly. Those would fix my chocolate cravings just fine!
I have the exact same problem (not enough people around to eat my baking), but those look so good I think I’d want more than two. :)
delectable n decadent!
Oh, and I shared on Twitter. Can you tell I want this cookbook?!?!
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AND – (your blog is getting mad at me for commenting too quickly, so I’ll combine comments) – I’ve recently discovered individual chocolate molten cakes and I am addicted. I could use that cookbook to inspire a new chocolate obsession…
I find myself always making smaller batches, especially when I’m experimenting. My thighs and buns can’t handle my chocolate addiction, especially after three kids! Your Pots de Creme look beautiful, as always!
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This would be perfect for my husband and me. Thanks!
i follow a spicy perspective via twitter AND facebook. i didn’t know if that qualifies as two separate entries or just one. but i’ll just leave one for organizations’ sake. :)
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the small batch baking idea is ingenious!! and now in chocolate variety?? oh i am SO on this band wagon. and i just recently tried pots de creme… i don’t think i’ll EVER go back to plain ole pudding again!!
That’s what I need to do – small batch baking. My pants would thank me. These pots de creme look decadent and fabulous.
This is the second recipe from this book that I see and I have to admit it is making a non-chocolate lover into a chocolate craver!
Oh my! Chocolate brings so many people together:) Love the idea of small batch cooking ! I will definitely work to increase my chance with the tweeting and fb-ing as well :) So nice to meet you Debbie!:)
I’m a dark chocolate girl myself, and these look delicious! And great little dishes for the perfect serving size :)
What a pretty picture!
Sommer, your pots de creme look simply perfect. Yes. Perfection itself! I’d love one, please!
These Pots de Creme look fantastic and sounds like a great book, always nice to not have to size down a recipe just to get a treat :)
What a brilliant concept! I am a chocoholic to be sure but I much prefer eating a little bit of really good chocolate (almost always dark chocolate) to eating a lot of lesser quality chocolate. Now I can apply the same principle to my baking that I use for deciding which candy to eat (French Broad Chocolate Lounge truffles) and which to pass by (Hershey’s anything).
All I care about is booking marking this recipe I want some right now so bad! Your pictures are so life like I could eat those cyber raspberries!
Love, love, love anything chocolate!!!!
HUGE Asheville fan. These are the perfect dessert – so beautiful.
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i am trying so hard to cutback on the deserts around here as there is just my husband and i now. the book looks great. what looks even better is to fix the little pots de creme and indulge every now and then.
dark chocolate……does it get any better?
how cute are those! thanks for sharing sommer!
Oooh! Shiver-inducing, huh? I like the sound of that! These turned out beautifully, thanks so much for sharing! :)
I love the idea of being able to bake a smaller amount but still packing that flavor whallop!
Oh wow these look AMAZING! I will definitely have to try them. My husband and I are both huge chocolate lovers!
This looks great!!! I gave up Chocolate for Lent and I’ve been on a chocolate binge since yesterday afternoon!!! :)
YUUMMMM…I love anything chocolate, this looks wonderful!
I love anything chocolate!!! The darker the better! This recipe looks delicious, by the way.
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chocolate = heaven
Oh, I love chocolate! In fact, I just made chocolate chip cookies!
These look so chocolaty and delicious! I love making gluten-free recipes that don’t require any funky flour and these fit the bill.
Hi Sommer, how lovely to have Debby as a friend. I love the idea of small batch baking. I have the same problem – when I bake something, unless I have loads of visitors, I’m only interested in a slice or two and then the rest of the bake goes stale or I revisit it lots of times with many cups of tea. Stunning photos!
These look absolutely enticing..
I loved the ideas of baking in small patches..my daughter does the exact same thing..she asks for bked goodies and hardly eats any and I’m stuck with the rest..resisting and most times not successfully
I love the idea od baking just a few brownies a couple pots de creme. I can never resist chocolate so if we have extra, I always eat it. Terrible! I need this book!
I want, I want! Both the pots de creme and the book!
oh, MY!! such beautiful pics…I can almost taste it!!
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I already subscribe to your yummy-licious posts!
I linked it on my FB!
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I did not know that Asheville was that big of a foodie attraction… looks like I need to plan a trip!
Chocolate and I love each other… but it loves my husband a bit more…or my husband loves ‘it’ a bit more. ;-)
This speaks to me! I want to make desserts all the time and can’t because I would have to eat it too! It’s bad enough I have to find a good home for all my pies :) Thanks for the opportunity. The photos are terrific and the dessert looks great. I had a terrific Pots de Creme at the Fig Bistro in Asheville not long ago. I was smitten. I will have to try this recipe!
What a fabulous idea for a cookbook! I made a larger version of this same dessert for Easter, but one the kiddos move out, I’ll need to scale down!
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I’ve been craving chocolate and these sound and look wonderful. What a lovely post. Just started following you on twitter.
Dark chocolate and ruby red raspberry are perfect together!
Looks sp pretty, How could I resist. Love the flavors here.
I covet. Chocolate is my LIFE!
You’ve ruined my whole day, thanks a lot! I’ll be periodically sitting in the corner, drooling, with visions of chocolatey goodness floating through my head…
Your pictures look so YUMMY!
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Oh everything tastes better with chocolate.
Rich, dark chocolate is hands down my favourite thing on the face of the earth.
I am not just a chocolate lover, we have a relationship. Seriously, it’s so much better than a boyfriend (sshhh!) This recipe looks amazing, I will most definitely give it a try!
I love chocolate and will definitely try this one. Small batches is exactly what I need. Tell ‘random drawing’ to choose me. smile
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Thank you Nelly for the tweet and follow! I look forward to keeping in touch!
yum, love the book concept! but…love chocolate even more!
These are gorgeous! And oh yes I LOVE chocolate!
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I love creamy chocolate!
What a great concept! I always take my extras to work, but this is a fantastic idea! Oh and I lOVE chocolate.