Friday, May 06, 2005

Chocolate Crème Caramel

Chocolate Crème Caramel (Adapted from Veg Times)

3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 tablespoons water
2 cups plain soy milk
3 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325

In a saucepan, add 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring once to dissolve the sugar. Continue to cook over medium heat until the mixture turns an amber color, swirling occasionally, but not stirring - about 4 to 5 minutes. Evenly divide caramel between 6 ramekins - tilt each one so it coats the bottom and sides.

In another saucepan, heat milk and chocolate over medium heat until the chocolate melts and the milk is hot - but has not come to a boil, about 4 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla. In a slow and steady stream, whisk milk mixture into the eggs. Evenly divide mixture between the 6 ramekins. Place ramekins in a large oven-safe dish and place on the oven rack - pour in enough hot water into the dish to come about 1/3 up the sides of the ramekins. Close the oven and bake just until set and a knife placed in a the center comes out clean - about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool - place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Carefully run a knife around the outside edge of each crème and invert on a plate to serve.

Makes 6 servings.

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7 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful Joe! This is definitely on my "to try" list.
    Did you make the decoration by cooking the caramel longer and then drizzling on waxed paper? It really makes the dessert. You have a winner here!

    Kim

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  2. Looks great!

    How do you think it would it work with regular milk instead of the soy?

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  3. Looks great! All I can say is Martha, Martha, Martha! Janet

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  4. Hi Joe,

    This looks absolutely delicious!

    I have the same question - will it work with the regular milk?

    Thanks,

    Ilana

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  5. Kim - I didn't cook it any longer, but it did darken a bit more as it sat in the pan. I made them on a Silpat.

    Jerry and Ilana - Yes, you could certainly use milk if you desire!

    Janet - hee hee! Thanks!

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  6. Joe, just to let you know how delicious it came out! This is our favorite from now on!
    Thank you!

    Ilana

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  7. Fantastic Ilana - thanks for letting me know!

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