Restaurant inspired peanut butter pots de creme topped with a rich and decadent dark chocolate ganache. No need to make reservations – you can make this elegant dessert at home!
Last summer we met friends for dinner at a local restaurant, Glass Half Full, and I had the most amazing dessert – a creamy peanut butter custard topped with a dark chocolate ganache. My only complaint? I had to share it with my dinner companions – ugh, the worst.
Normally I’m happy to pass desserts around – a little bite of this, a taste of that – but after one cool and creamy spoonful I wanted to grab that peanut butter pots de creme, build a fort around us, and light torches to keep the dessert-grabbing enemies away. I just can’t resist a decadent peanut butter and chocolate dessert combo – it’s just too good.
So when we returned with our friends to that same restaurant a few weeks ago I couldn’t wait to order my own peanut butter pots de creme – no sharing! So imagine the horror when I opened the menu and discovered … noooooooo!! The peanut butter pots de creme were off the menu – done, finito, no more. So we ditched out on dessert, went to a coffee shop, and now Glass Half Full is dead to me.
Just kidding, I still love that place. Their roasted brussels sprouts? To die for.
The disappointment just meant I had to make peanut butter pots de creme at home, which is okay! I love having a few restaurant-inspired sweets up my sleeve so I don’t have to leave the house when a gourmet dessert craving hits or run the risk of a what-do-you-mean-they- took-it-off-the-menu public outburst. And, even better, making these creamy pots of peanut butter and chocolate happiness means I get to share the recipe with you.
We all need a little decadence in our lives, don’t you think?
Thanks to some help from Serious Eats I have a wonderful copy-cat version to share and, you know what? It’s really not hard to make and I bet you have most of the ingredients on hand already – seriously, all that stands between you and a pot de dreaminess is a little bit of whisking and a water bath… for the pots de creme, not you. Although, soaking in a hot bubble bath with a cool and creamy butter pots de creme in hand might be fun.
I like that idea.
Anyway, you should make these! I know you’ll love ’em.
These peanut butter pots de creme make an impressive dessert – be sure to make them ahead as they need time to chill before serving.
- For the Peanut Butter Custard
- 5 fluid ounces milk
- 5 fluid ounces heavy cream
- 2 ounces creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 ounce bitter sweet chocolate, grated
- 2 ounces egg yolks (from 4 to 5 eggs)
- 2 ounces sugar
- 1/2 ounce of honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- [br]For the Chocolate Ganache
- 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- For this recipe you will need four 4-ounce ramekins Place them in a baking dish. Bring a kettle of water to a boil and set aside. You will use all of this to make a water bath when it’s time to cook the custards.
- In a medium pot heat the milk, cream, peanut butter, and chocolate over medium heat. Whisk until it’s all melted together and hot (but not boiling).
- While you’re waiting for the milk and cream mixture to heat, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, honey, salt and vanilla in a large bowl. Once the milk mixture is hot, add about 1/2 cup to the egg mixture and stir. This will temper the eggs and slowly warm them so you can add all of the milk mixture without scrambling them. Repeat this with another 1/2 a cup of the milk mixture. Finally, pour all of the egg mixture into the pot with the rest of the milk mixture, turn the heat to medium and, stirring continuously, heat the mixture until it is at 140 degrees. Measure this with a candy thermometer.
- Pour the custard through a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids. Divide the custard evenly across the four ramekins. Carefully pour the water you boiled into the dish with the ramekins. Fill it about 3/4 of the way up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the baking dish with foil and place it in the oven. Bake them at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes, or until set. They’ll still jiggle a bit when they are set, which is how you’ll know they’re done. Remove them from the oven and the baking dish to cool. Once at room temperature, cover them with plastic wrap and store them in the refridgerator to chill for at least four hours before serving. They will keep in the refridgerator for up to a week.
- While the custards are chilling make the chocolate ganache. Gently warm the cream over medium low heat until it’s hot and steamy. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the top of the chocolate and stir it all together until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
- When ready to serve, pour a thin layer of chocolate over the top of the custards and, using a dinner knife, gently spread it around so it’s in an even layer.