Chocolate pots de creme with red wine poached cherries

chocolate pots de creme

As I mentioned in my Five For Friday post last week, each year I eagerly anticipate the arrival of the Gourmet Traveller annual French issue. I’ve wanted to visit France for as long as I can remember, and while I haven’t been lucky enough to make that a reality yet, I take whatever I can get. Whether that be day dreaming as I flick through the pages of a magazine and dream of visiting a beautiful French chateau or drooling over delicious French recipes.  This years issue was filled to the brim with absolutely delicious French recipes, many of which I have bookmarked to try, however the first I chose to make was these beautiful dark Chocolate Pots de Creme as I’d picked up some wonderful dark couveture chocolate from Cocoa Chocolat on Monday that I was just itching to use.

I’ve made Chocolate Pots de Creme previously, however this version is a little different as it doesn’t require any baking.  The result is that these little pots of chocolatey goodness are deliciously fudgey, and almost truffle like.  To pair with this decadent treat I wanted something to cut the richness and chose to poach some beautiful cherries I’d picked up at the markets in red wine and cinnamon. The end result was decadent, divine and delicious!

So tell me, is there anywhere you’ve dreamed of visiting? Have you been lucky enough to get there yet and did it live up to your expectations?

chocolate pots de creme

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Chocolate pots de creme with red wine poached cherries
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Chocolate Pots de Creme recipe from Gourmet Traveller.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 250ml pouring cream
  • 250ml milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 80g raw caster sugar
  • 300g 70% cocoa dark chocolate, chopped
  • 200g sweet cherries, halved and pitted
  • 250ml red wine
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  1. Combine the milk, cream and vanilla bean seeds in a medium saucepan over a medium heat and bring to a boil. While the cream mixture is coming to a boil whisk the egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until pale. Switch the mixer to it's slowest speed and add the cream slowly. When combined return the mixture to the saucepan and place over a medium heat and stir continuously until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon thickly, around 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and whisk to combine. Divide the mixture between 6 glasses or jars and refrigerate for 3 hours to set.
  3. To make the poached cherries combine the red wine, cinnamon and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and reduce to a low simmer and simmer for 10 minutes before adding the cherries and simmering for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and place into a jar or sealed container until ready to serve.

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35 Comments on "Chocolate pots de creme with red wine poached cherries"

August 16, 2013

We went to New York this year (also for our honeymoon) after wanting to go for years – and it was even better than I thought!

August 3, 2012

So sophisticated with the red-wine poached cherries on top! Marvelous photo, too. I’ve never poached cherries, I’ll have to try it before they go out of season here.

July 9, 2012

This is stunning. I adore cherries so this is right up my alley. I could eat 20 of these.

July 9, 2012

These look divine – chocolate and cherries are such a good combination!

Chocolate, cherries and red wine. How luscious!

Lovely dessert, and with cherries… mmm just what I need for Friday! :)

July 6, 2012

So decadent and divine! These look incredible!

The poached cherries in red wine would certainly go well with chocolate. This is very grownup sexy dessert. It’s so pretty too~~!

As an American who lived through the Cuban travel ban set by the US in 1958, I always wanted to visit Cuba. I lived in Florida and when you live there you meet Cubans, eat Cuban food and you’re only 90 miles away. 90 forbidden miles, I might add.

When I got my Australian passport, the ink wasn’t dry before I was headed to Havana. I’d go again tomorrow because I absolutely adored the people there.

I couldn’t get one of these chocolate pots de creme though! I’d have to make this before I went. :) They look beautiful.

July 6, 2012

This looks fabulous. I’m looking at the jar of cherries in my cupboard and wondering if I can adapt this to a new twist on a Tiramisu. I’m a bit obsessed with this dessert at the moment because of writer Nora Ephron’s recent death and published a blogpost (and her Tiramisu) recipe this week. “Tiramisu: a Nora Ephron Picku-Me-Up”.

July 6, 2012

I think I would struggle not to eat this while I was making it! These little pots look divine and seem similar to something I enjoyed hugely in London. Now I can make them myself!

July 6, 2012

That is one delightful treat. I got to make this before summer vanishes and cherries goes out of the market.

July 6, 2012

I bet those cherries are delicious! This all looks so good!

July 6, 2012

So what KIND of cherries? Bing, sour?

July 6, 2012

Your pictures are stunning as always, Jen! These chocolate post sound heavenly!

July 5, 2012

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July 5, 2012

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July 5, 2012

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July 5, 2012

These sound so wonderful and rich, love the combination with the poached cherries.