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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  1. Kirsty July 5, 2012  10:45 am Reply

    Lovely photos as always Jennifer! I must admit, the first time I went to Paris I was a little disappointed. I felt that it didn't live up to the hype, however I adored the French countryside, Riviera and Beujolais wine region. But, in saying that, hubby & I ventured back to Paris this past March and I absolutely fell in love.

    After that trip I can truly recommend you give France a go, over and over again! Good luck getting there :)

    • Jennifer July 5, 2012  10:57 am Reply

      Thanks Kirsty :D

      I have to admit I'm a little worried that it won't live up to my expectations, but my parents visited recently and my Mum kept telling me how much I'd adore it, so I am sure I will. :) I really can't wait to go. Hopefully I'll get there for our honeymoon.

  2. cc11 July 5, 2012  11:15 am Reply

    Holey moley they look even better than in that mag (how gorgeous were those French chateau's - swoon.

    I have been lucky in that I have traveled to many countries, the beautiful France included. One country still on my list is Spain - hopefully one day soon!

  3. Aunt Clara July 5, 2012  11:47 am Reply

    Oh wow, that looks incredible!

    And I have a long list of places I want to visit, it's such a big world. Off the top of my head Greece is somewhere around the top.

  4. Lydia July 5, 2012  2:05 pm Reply

    Fabulous photos! I could taste these, just looking at them...and now I must be going mad...cause I can smell them too! Absolutely Georgeous! xxx

  5. The Squishy Monster July 5, 2012  2:39 pm Reply

    This is GORGEOUS! I love the cinnamon in this Cherries..very nice!

    I hope you had a fabulous 4th!
    Twitter @aSquishyMonster

  6. Rosa July 5, 2012  3:37 pm Reply

    Those look lovely! I love the idea of paching cherries in red wine. Heavenly.



  7. Claire @ Claire K Creations July 5, 2012  4:58 pm Reply

    Oooh I bet this tastes even better than it looks. I am lucky enough to have been to France but I'd really love to go back.

  8. thelittleloaf July 5, 2012  6:09 pm Reply

    Dark and decadent and delicious is absolutely right - these look amazing! I love the simplicity of chocolate pots - perfect dinner party dessert which you've taken to the next level with those gorgeous cherries.

  9. Kathryn July 5, 2012  6:31 pm Reply

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

  10. Baker Street July 6, 2012  12:15 am Reply

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

  11. Suzanne July 6, 2012  2:37 am Reply

    So what KIND of cherries? Bing, sour?

    • Jennifer July 6, 2012  8:35 am Reply

      Hi Suzanne, I used Bing cherries. :)

  12. Riley July 6, 2012  5:09 am Reply

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

  13. Kankana July 6, 2012  8:20 am Reply

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

  14. Amanda July 6, 2012  10:43 am Reply

    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!

  15. Ambra Sancin July 6, 2012  11:08 am Reply

    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".

  16. Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef July 6, 2012  12:37 pm Reply

    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.

  17. Nami | Just One Cookbook July 6, 2012  6:15 pm Reply

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

  18. Chompchomp July 6, 2012  11:14 pm Reply

    So decadent and divine! These look incredible!

  19. Sarah July 9, 2012  6:01 am Reply

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

  20. Kim Bee July 9, 2012  11:32 am Reply

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

  21. Mary@FitandFed August 3, 2012  2:48 pm Reply

    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.

  22. Emma (Lilah Snow) August 16, 2013  4:40 pm Reply

    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!

    • Jennifer August 16, 2013  5:26 pm Reply

      How funny Emma, I went to New York last year for my honeymoon too. My husband and I had been there the year before for a holiday and loved it so much we just had to go back. Such an amazing city! :)


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