Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thank God for Pinterest. Dinner had become a regular rotation of five or six meal that the fam used to adore, but became JUST A LITTLE TIRED OF EATING. Then I started pinning. Oh dear lord, the food ideas. Slow-cooker meals. Homemade pretzel bites with cheese sauce. Cupcakes in every flavor combination imaginable. BACON EVERYTHING. I didn't want to just pin, I wanted to experiment.
Early fall, I saw a pin for Chai pumpkin spice thumbprints and needed to make them. The cookies turned out so fantastically, I followed Kita Robert's Pass the Sushi blog and face place page, and my family and I are grateful (and fatter) for her uber-delicious recipes.
Back in January, Kita invited her page followers to join her Pass the Cook Book Club. She picks a cookbook, decides on three recipes, and shares them with us to make and post. February's pick was The Pioneer Woman (omg, fabulous!) and the recipes included Herb Roasted Pork with Root Vegetables, Perfect Au Gratin Potatoes, and Pots de Creme. I chose to make the Pots de Creme because, duh, chocolate and oh hells yes it was good. The kids weren't big fans of the coffee flavor, so I had to put on my buffet pants and finish all of them. It was rough, but I made it out alive.
Here's the recipe:
Pots de Creme
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
4 eggs, at room temp
2 teas vanilla extract
pinch of salt
8 oz very hot strong coffee (I used Starbucks Via)
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbs sugar
Place the chocolate chips in a blender. Crack the eggs and add them to the chocolate chips along with the vanilla and salt. Pulse 5 - 7 times, or until chocolate chips are partially pulverized.
Turn on the blender, then pour in the very hot coffee in a steady stream. The coffee will melt the chocolate and turn it into a smooth mixture.
Pour the mixture into small mason jars, pretty wine glasses, or demitasse cups. Place on a tray and refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours or until firm.
Whip the cream with the sugar and plop it onto the top of each glass.
Listening to: The Shins "Port of Morrow"