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      Chocolate Pots de Crme with a Cherry Whipped Cream

      Dawn Kappelman's Chocolate Pots de Creme with Cherry Whipped Creme

      Ingredients:

      Pots de Crme

      10 ounces bittersweet chocolate (see note above), chopped fine

      5 large egg yolks

      5 tablespoons sugar

      1/4 teaspoon table salt

      1 1/2 cups heavy cream

      3/4 cup half-and-half

      1 tablespoon vanilla extract

      1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder mixed with 1 tablespoon water

      Cherry Whipped Cream

      1/2 cup heavy cream (cold)

      2 teaspoons sugar

      1 Tablespoon maraschino cherry juice

      Garnish (optional)

      Cocoa powder for dusting

      Chocolate shavings for sprinkling

      Cherry

      Chocolate Dipped Cherry

      Instructions: 1. FOR THE POTS DE CR?ME: Place chocolate in medium heatproof bowl; set fine-mesh strainer over bowl and set aside.

      2. Whisk yolks, sugar, and salt in medium bowl until combined; whisk in heavy cream and half-and-half. Transfer mixture to medium saucepan. Cook mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly and scraping bottom of pot with wooden spoon, until thickened and silky and custard registers 175 to 180 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 8 to 12 minutes (see photos, below). Do not let custard overcook or simmer.

      3. Immediately pour custard through strainer over chocolate. Let mixture stand to melt chocolate, about 5 minutes. Whisk gently until smooth, then whisk in vanilla and espresso. Divide mixture evenly among eight 5-ounce ramekins. Gently tap ramekins against counter to remove air bubbles.

      4. Cool pots de crme to room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours or up to 72 hours. Before serving, let pots de crme stand at room temperature 20 to 30 minutes.

      5. FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM: Using hand mixer or standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla on low speed until bubbles form, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; continue beating until beaters leave trail, about 30 seconds longer. Increase speed to high; continue beating until nearly doubled in volume and whipped cream forms soft peaks, 30 to 45 seconds longer.

      6. Dollop each pot de crme with about 2 tablespoons whipped cream; garnish with cocoa or chocolate shavings, if using. Serve.

      Dawn Kappelman, Owner/Pastry Chef

      Dawn's Couture Cakes

      dawnscouturecakes@yahoo.com

      920-470-2699