Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Chocolate-Orange Pots de Creme with Candied Orange Peel

Another chocolate recipe. I can't help it, I love chocolate, especially if it is with orange. And this one is a really creamy, full of flavor recipe from Bon Appetit. But it is rich, so you don't want to make big cups.

You don't have to do the candied orange peels, but it sure adds to the taste.

Instead of dipping the orange slices into the sugar, sprinkle the sugar on the slices and it won't clump.

Start watching it after 30 minutes. You might even want to take the foil off right around that time. It should stop the pots de creme from curdling.


CHOCOLATE-ORANGE POTS DE CREME WITH CANDIED ORANGE PEEL

Ingredients:
Candied orange peel:
1 orange
1 cup sugar, divided
3/4 cup water

Pots de crème:
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
4 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons sugar

Lightly sweetened whipped cream

Directions:
For candied orange peel:
Using vegetable peeler, remove orange part of peel from orange in long strips. Cut peel lengthwise into 1/8-inch-wide strips.

Stir 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water in heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Add orange peel; simmer 15 minutes.

Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in small bowl. Using slotted spoon, remove peel from syrup and transfer to sugar. Toss to coat. Cool, tossing occasionally. Cover bowl and let stand at room temperature overnight. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep covered.)

For pots de crème:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bring milk, cream, Grand Marnier, vanilla, and grated orange peel to boil in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and stir until melted and smooth.
Whisk yolks and sugar in medium bowl until pale yellow, about 2 minutes. Whisk egg mixture into chocolate mixture. Strain into 2-cup measuring cup.

Divide mixture between four 6-ounce custard cups. Place cups in small baking dish. Add enough water to baking dish to come halfway up sides of cups. Cover dish tightly with foil.

Bake until custard is set, about 40 minutes. Remove cups from water in dish. Place in refrigerator uncovered until cool. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 6 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Top with whipped cream, garnish with candied orange peel, and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

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