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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pressure Cooker

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Its been over a month since I've been here. Gone through my familiar routine of downloading, and then uploading both my photos and my thoughts onto the computer and the page. I hope I haven't lost anyone. I wouldn't be surprised if I had. Every day you've been loyally navigating your favorites, browsing the top headlines, sniffing the latest gossip on msn, visiting your favorite blogs, and mine has been disappointing you.

Thank you for telling me you've missed me.

Lately, I have been in a pressure cooker. Too much crap to do and not enough time. Nerves fried. No creative inspiration.

I don't have a lot of time to post (its not like the pressure just magically went away today, it was just that I missed connecting with you), but I wanted to tell you about one really divine dessert that I made for my sister and my friends when Christianne was in town a few weeks ago.

The recipe is from Atlanta Cooks At Home---a cookbook featuring Atlanta chefs (think Scott Peacock, Kevin Rathbun and Ricardo Ullio) and their fave recipes for at home entertaining. This one was just so simple and so divine that I think that you should make it for your friends and family this weekend!

A Pot de Creme was oftentimes the dessert included in the prix fixe meals that Amaree and I used to have in Paris. It would be even cuter if you had some espresso cups or small mugs to bake these in. Virginia Willis is a great Southern chef who often teaches at Cooks Warehouse--she uses delightfully french touches

(this marks the first time I'm posting a recipe here):

Mocha Pots de Creme
serves 6
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. whole milk
5 oz. semisweet chocolate
1 tbsp. instant espresso or instant coffee
5 large egg yolks
1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of fine sea salt
approximately 4-6 c. of boiling water to create a bain marie (water bath)

Undeinably creamy and indulgent, these are the French version of pudding cups. Pots de creme are named such because of the traditionally litted ceramic pots in which these custards are baked.

Place oven rack in the middle of the oven. heat oven to 325. Place six- 6 oz pots de creme or ramekins in a medium roasting pan and set aside. Begin boiling water for a bain marie.

In a medium saucepan, combine cream, milk, chocolate, and espresso powder over medium heat. Bring almost to a simmer adn remove from heat. Set aside, stirring occassionally until chocolate is almost completely melted.

In a 1-quart measuring cup, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. While whisking, add a little of the hot milk mixture to temper. Add the remaining mixture and whisk to combine. Whisk in the vanilla and salt.

Pour approx. 1/2 c. of the egg mixture into each ramekin. Cover each of the ramekins tightly with alumninum foil to prevent a skin from forming. fill pan with enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides. This is the bain marie. Carefully transfer the roasting pan to the oven. Bake until the custards are set in the center. 35-40 minutes.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven. remove the pots from the water and place on a wire rack to cool, about 30 minutes; transfer to fridge to cool completetly, preferably overnight.

To serve, top with whipped cream.

If you make it, please post in the comments and let us know. And I promise you will love this recipe!

Ciao.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! You're back, I can attest that the pots de creme were amazing, especially following homemade spaghetti bolognese.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for returning! I've visited the blog each day hoping for a new post. imagine my surprise to see two!

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Aimee said...

Yay yay yay! You're back! Thank goodness. Patrick and I are still talking about Rathbun's. We miss you!

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah,
Glad you're back on the air....dad

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sar-

Thanks for hosting an amazing weekend for your father's birthday!
Fogo De Chao was amazing and very entertaining. Rathbun's was like being in an episode of Fine Living.
The real adventure in search of goat for your dad though took us and you to uncharted Atlanta. You were wonderful to make the drive. We were the only gringos in the place and the fresh tamales and pulled goat meat did not disapoint.
Cheers! Mom

7:56 PM  
Blogger Amaree said...

Yum! Those pots de creme look amazing. I'm going to try making them!

Happy to see some new posts too!

6:12 PM  

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