Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pots de la Creme a la the Pioneer Woman

I am a sucker for anything chocolate, especially chocolate mousse. At Bertucci's (a chain restaurant in the Northeast) you can get this dessert that is called a Budino and it's basically this extremely decadent chocolate mousse and I am in love with it. 


When I was checking out the Pioneer Woman's latest cooking blog entry I came across a recipe for "Pots de la Creme." They looked very similar to the Budino that I have gotten at Bertucci's, I had all the ingredients on hand, and they were also gluten-free! I decided to give them a go.


I decided to cut the recipe in half because I didn't need 12 servings and that worked out just fine. I ended up with 6 servings as one would expect. I also decided to do it in a food processor because mine was clean and the blender was missing. It turned out to be a poor choice. Maybe it doesn't incorporate enough air or blend the eggs the right way but either way it didn't work. The mixture wasn't as airy or bubbly as I expected and they didn't set, even overnight. 


 

I tried again the next day with the blender and they worked perfectly! They set up very quickly and were SO delicious! I also made a homemade whipped cream for the top and it was a great decision.

Whipped Cream

1 pint of whipping cream
1-3 tablespoons confectionary sugar (dependent on how sweet you want it)
1-2 teaspoons of vanilla

Add ingredients into bowl and whip until desired consistency.


I will most definitely be making these again! I have a bunch of ball jars on hand and they are so easy! They also look like a lot of work so why not impress some guests! I think instead of a cake for my birthday I'm just going to make a bunch of these, stack them and stick some candles in them. No messy cutting of cakes and then just toss everything into the dishwasher!



Here is what Will was doing while I was cooking:

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