Valley Fig Growers

Chocolate Pot de Creme with California Fig Almond Topping

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

Chocolate Pot de Creme

1 cup half & half

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon instant coffee powder or instant espresso

3 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup evaporated fat-free milk

 

Fig Almond Topping

1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and chopped

3 tablespoons almond liqueur

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons chopped, whole toasted almonds 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Make Pot de Crème:  In small saucepan, heat half & half, over medium heat till simmering. Stir in chocolate and remove from heat. Set aside for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, till chocolate melts. Stir until smooth. Stir in vanilla and coffee powder.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar and salt. Whisk in evaporated milk. Slowly whisk in chocolate mixture. Ladle or pour mixture into 8 (2/3-cup) ramekins or other baking dishes.  
  4. Place ramekins in a large roasting pan.  Pour just-boiled water into roasting pan, filling to reach about1/3 of the way up sides of ramekins. Cover tightly with foil; poke holes in foil for steam escape. Carefully place roasting pan on middle rack in oven (use oven mitts to protect hands). Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges of the custards are set and the center is quivery, like firm gelatin when shaken slightly. Remove ramekins from water bath and cool on wire rack for 30 minutes.  Cover and chill for 4 hours or up to two days.
  5. Make Topping:  in small saucepan, combine figs, almond liqueur, water and sugar.  Stir over medium-low heat for 1 minute, until mixture is warm and almost dry. Spoon figs over custards, dividing evenly. Top with almonds just before serving. 

Photo and recipe: Lorelle Del Matto

Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 267
  • % Calories from Fat 35%
  • Fat 11
  • Cholesterol 92
  • Protein 5
  • Carbohydrates 36
  • Fiber 3
  • Iron 1
  • Sodium 103
  • Calcium 168
  • Potassium 297