Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chocolate Pots de Creme

Today is a day of rejoicing in our family.  Our little baby is two months old, and he is finally done with all his testing for jaundice.  I wanted to post about the journey this has been for me.  But it's hard for me to put into words the roller-coaster of fear that I have been on over this last year. 
I have found it true, as Sarah Young writes, that understanding (the world's way of gaining mastery) is not the goal. I find true peace when I seek His face.

So last night, as we awaited our baby's last jaundice test, we watched TV.  Between the Olympics and Master Chef, we developed a great hunger.  For chocolate.  Maybe because those gymnasts were working so hard, and the desserts that the contestants produced on Master Chef looked impossibly delicious.

I'm not baking much these days.  The credit here goes to my daughter.

Heat oven to 300.
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
6 Tbsp. brown sugar
4 oz. dark chocolate (I used 60 percent dark chocolate chips)
4 large egg yolks
2 tsp. vanilla

In medium saucepan, bring cream and  sugar to a simmer, stirring. 
Remove from heat; add chocolate chips. Let stand one minute, stir until chocolate is melted.
Whisk in egg yolks and vanilla till smooth.

Place a large strainer over a mixing bowl. 
Pour mixture through strainer.  
This will strain out any weird egg bits.

Ladle the chocolate mixture into 4-6 (depending on size) ramekins or custard cups.
Place ramekins in large baking pan.
Pour hot water into pan so it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Bake about 45 minutes. Check after 40 minutes.  Ours were deep, so they took almost an hour.

Serve warm, or refrigerate up to one day.

 We served them with whipped cream and berry sauce.  

These are so good that tonight we are making them again.  
It's track and field, so we're expecting we'll get pretty hungry.

Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in 
the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

(Psalm 84: 10, 11)

May you feel His peace today.