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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 Brownie Trifle with Salted Caramel Sauce

    Chocolate Brownie Trifle with Salted Caramel Sauce

    The mere sight of a salted caramel sauce makes me swoon. Creamy, indulgent, with a deep golden color and sweet, salty flavor that completes this chocolate brownie trifle.

    I woke up this morning, sipped my coffee while Tank not so gracefully plopped in the center of my lap (his name is Tank for a reason) and caught up on Sunday morning news, when I realized it was my running day.  The weather outside is so horrific I decided to pass on a run and thought I’d move on to yoga this morning.  As you can tell I am not doing yoga right now.  Instead, I’m sharing this over the top decadent dessert because I’ve had this lovely little sweet on my brain the last few days.

    I adore trifle.  Any kind of trifle.  I think it’s the creamy texture of the pudding combined with cake or cookies or English biscuits, ladyfingers or even brownies.  

    It also carries a little sentimental value. My Grandmother used to make me her version of trifle.  She’d make pudding and then layer it with her English biscuits.  She’d bring it to the table for tea time and we’d share a dish while chatting about good manners and table etiquette and learning how to properly sip tea.  A moment suspended in time, in my memories, creating my love for life around the table.

    Chocolate Brownie Trifle with Salted Caramel Sauce

    As I was thinking about this Chocolate Brownie Trifle the past few days, I thought it would make a delicious addition to the Christmas dessert table.  Served either in one large trifle bowl or in smaller individual glasses or dishes – which is how I serve trifle most often.  I find this dessert so tempting, so audacious, that one needs to claim their own container of this Chocolate Brownie Trifle… not to be shared with anyone.

    Now that I’ve shared, I’m off to practice yoga while Tank sits at the end of my mat staring me down because we haven’t gone for our walk.  Enjoy your Sunday and take a little time for some indulgence today. 🙂

    Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,

    Karista

    Chocolate Brownie Trifle with Salted Caramel Sauce

    Serving Size: 4-6

    Chocolate Brownie Trifle with Salted Caramel Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 4 -5 cups 1-inch chocolate brownie squares
    • 4 cups prepared custard or vanilla pudding
      For the Salted Caramel Sauce:
    • 1 stick of butter, 8 teaspoons
    • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
    • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
    • 1 teaspoon of fleur de sel (sea salt)
      For the Whipped Cream:
    • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
    • ¼ cup powdered sugar

    Instructions

  • To prepare the caramel sauce:
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly whisk in the brown sugar until combined.
  • Add the cream and then bring it to a boil. As soon as it reaches a boil, reduce to a low simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the vanilla and sea salt until combined. The mixture will thicken as it cools so you will want to warm it slightly before using.
  • To prepare the whipped cream:
  • In an electric mixer, add the heavy cream and whisk on medium speed. While mixing add the powdered sugar and then mix on high until the whipped cream is stiff and dollops nicely.
  • To assemble:
  • Using four to six shallow glasses, wine glasses or martini glasses place a layer of brownies at the bottom of each glass. Top with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce, then a layer of custard. Repeat with another layer of brownies, sauce and custard.
  • Top with a dollop of whipped cream and then drizzle salted caramel sauce over the top and serve.
  • Notes

    I created this yummy little dessert for the good folks over at Home By Design Magazine. 🙂

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