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Peppermint Chocolate Pots de Créme

Peppermint Chocolate Pots de Créme // Karista's Kitchen

These happy little peppermint chocolate pots de créme combine two of my family’s favorite flavors. It seems that peppermint and chocolate are the Ying and Yang of dessert flavors around here. 

If I make a trip to the chocolate shop they ask me to bring them chocolate covered peppermint patties.  If I make chocolate cake, my family asks me to add peppermint chips to the frosting.  And when we have homemade hot cocoa, they love to add a peppermint stick or peppermint schnapps.

So naturally when I was making chocolate pots de créme this week, I had to include peppermint.

I love to serve pots de créme for dessert.  I’m not a huge fan of sweets, I’m more of a salty kind of gal, but I do love all things creamy and chocolate. Which is why if I serve a dessert, it’s usually a creme brûlée, pudding, custard, mousse or pots de créme.  And what could be more seasonal than peppermint chocolate pots de creme.
Peppermint Chocolate Pots de Créme // Karista's Kitchen

I have to admit, this festive dessert made me smile. They look so happy and cheerful and full of everything delicious this holiday season.  So rather than place them in the fridge to serve with dinner, I proceeded to pull out the equipment and photograph the little lovelies.

What I captured certainly mimics my current holiday mood.  These peppermint chocolate pots de créme look like little snow-capped mountain peaks, laced with the flavors of holiday celebrations.  Although deliciously perfect for the holiday dessert table, they will be just as refreshing for a summertime treat.

Wishing you a tranquil yet festive holiday season of good cheer, warm hugs and delicious food!

Loads of Love,

Karista

Peppermint Chocolate Pots de Créme

Makes 4, 4ounce cups

Peppermint Chocolate Pots de Créme

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Schnapps (optional) or 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • For the Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract (optional)

Instructions

Combine the chocolate chips, heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan or use a double boiler over simmering water.

Heat the chocolate mixture over medium heat until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture has come to a simmer. Take it off the heat.

Put the egg yolks in a heat proof bowl and whisk smooth. While whisking the eggs, carefully drizzle a tablespoon of warm chocolate mixture into the eggs. Continue to do this three or four times until the eggs have been tempered and are slightly warm.

Whisk in the remaining chocolate and then add the peppermint schnapps.

Return the mixture back to the pan and heat while stirring until the liquid is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.

If you have any lumps, pass the mixture through a sieve. Pour the chocolate into small jelly jars, ramekins or pots de créme cups and place them in the refrigerator for at least 2-4 hours or overnight.

Before serving make the whipped cream.

Whisk together the heavy cream, powdered sugar and peppermint extract until soft peaks form. Dollop or pipe the heavy cream onto the pots de creme and garnish with peppermint chips, chopped candy canes or just dig in and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is easily doubled.

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Chocolate Pound Cake with Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Fresh Papaya

Chocolate Pound Cake with Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Fresh Papaya // Karista's Kitchen

I’m a little late on that promise!  I promised to post this decadent little recipe yesterday and I got completely side-tracked with other projects. I think my brain is mush these days.  I try not to multi-task and that’s the problem.  I like to focus.  Focus generates quality.  And I like quality; especially if it’s got my name on it.

I found that my thoughts on this subject have been researched and I most recently came across this study conducted at Stanford University which states “Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully”.   I feel so validated.

Yes, there are moments I am forced to multi-task.  But as I tell my children… it’s not my favorite.  These are the words I often say when one of them is standing in front of my desk talking and all I see are lips moving because I’m so focused.  This does not make my people happy – but I know they will completely understand one day.

Until then, let’s eat chocolate!

I created this lovely recipe this past spring for the fabulous folks at Home By Design Magazine.  However, I’ve been making this Mexican Chocolate Sauce for years.  The one thing I love about chocolate?  It’s not seasonal!  Which is great news because I have to admit, I keep a chocolate drawer in the kitchen.  And I have a little piece each day.  Unless I indulge in a slice of this cake, slathered with the chocolate sauce and topped with fresh papaya.

If you’re not keen on baking a cake during this hot summer season, just buy one.  But definitely make the sauce and find a fresh papaya.

Perfect for a weeknight, weekend dinner guests or a weekend barbecue.  And I’ve been known to have a slice for breakfast.  🙂

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,

Karista

Chocolate Pound Cake with Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Fresh Papaya

Serving Size: 8

Chocolate Pound Cake with Mexican Chocolate Sauce and Fresh Papaya

Ingredients

    For The Cake
  • ¾ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • Papaya slices
  • Sprigs of fresh mint (optional)
  • For the Sauce
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, crumbled
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 drops almond or coffee extract
  • Pinch of cayenne

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 350F and grease a standard 5 x 9 loaf pan.

Whisk together the cocoa powder and boiling water until smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl or electric mixer, mix together the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time while mixing and then mix in the unsweetened cocoa mixture until all ingredients are blended.

Add the flour to the batter and mix gently or on low speed until the batter is smooth and combined.

Pour the batter into the loaf pan and place it into the oven. Bake the cake for about 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let it cool 10 minutes before slicing.

To prepare the Mexican Chocolate Sauce, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave.

In a medium saucepan add the cream and water over medium low heat. Once the cream and water are heated through, whisk in the melted chocolate and cinnamon. Take the sauce off the heat and whisk in the extract and pinch of cayenne.

This sauce can be refrigerated up to one week. Re-heat as necessary.

To serve, top each slice with fresh Mexican chocolate sauce and papaya slices. Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint if desired.

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