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.
Homemade Peanut Butter Pots de Creme
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.
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Peanut Butter Pots de Creme
These peanut butter pots de creme make an impressive dessert – be sure to make them ahead as they need time to chill before serving.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: American
For the Peanut Butter Custard
- 5 fluid ounces 2% 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
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.
- Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
- Calories: 1461
- Sugar: 41.2g
- Sodium: 319.3mg
- Fat: 136.6g
- Saturated Fat: 82.1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 45.4g
- Trans Fat: 3.9g
- Carbohydrates: 47.3g
- Fiber: 3.1g
- Protein: 17.8g
- Cholesterol: 542.2mg
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This looks like a great recipe but your Print page has ads…like what’s the point of a print page vs the regular page if it’s still loaded with ads.
April Anderson says
If you click on “print recipe” it will open a print window and you’ll see that the ads are not included when you print the recipe – hope that helps!
Beth Sullivan says
I would likely have had the same reaction at the restaurant that you did! I have been looking for a good peanut butter chocolate custard combo and cannot wait to try this one! I am on a custard kick, lately. I recently made Irish Creme Pots de Creme from another site and they were supreme.
Have u tried almond or cashew butter?
Hi Jessica! I haven’t tried either of those so can’t say how they’d work. Although I have seen recipes that use almond butter in place of peanut butter for peanut butter cups, so it might work with this, too 🙂
Brenda Bracy says
I stumbled across this treasure looking for an unusual dessert for dinner guests. I’ve made it twice and I absolutely LOVE it!!! The second time I made this recipe I used almond milk and it was still FANTASTIC (only with fewer calories). Thank you for sharing this recipe. It’s in my recipe box for life!
I’m so glad you like them! I love the almond milk idea – thank you for sharing that 🙂
I like to use Joule (sous vide) when making creme brulee (in tiny mason jars). Do you know what the internal temperature should be, when the pots de creme come out of the oven. Thank you!
Hi Matt, I don’t check the temperature when they come out of the oven, but I do check the temperature when the eggs cook on the stove beforehand which should be 140 degrees.
That looks absolutely divine! I can’t wait to make these!
Thank you! I hope you enjoy them 🙂
Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily says
Oh MY!!! Just wow! I don’t know if I can live without this in my life!!!! oxox
Now this is my kind of dessert, peanut butter and chocolate ohh yes. Looks amazing as usual April.
Thanks so much, Rosemary 🙂
I love being able to make something this decadent, especially when it’s a dessert you can normally only enjoy at a restaurant. Just think… you can make them as often as you like and you don’t have to share with anyone. Chocolate and peanut butter are truly a match made in heaven!
Making them whenever I want is a good AND bad thing 🙂 They are seriously good!
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says
Oh YESSSS!!! This sounds AMAZING. Who doesn’t love the classic combo of peanut butter and chocolate. I really have to make this!! I think this will be perfect for Valentine’s Day…THANKS!! Printing and pinning!!
Perfect for Heart Day! 🙂
Daniela Apostol says
Stunning photos! and what a great dessert!
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says
Oh my goodness that looks absolutely divine! I love that creamy peanut butter mouse on the bottom!
So, so good!!
Hi! Do you mean liquid ounces or ounces by weight?
Hi Tanya! Thank you for pointing this out – I’ve updated the recipe to reflect which ingredients should be measured as fluid ounces. The other ingredients are by weight, unless otherwise noted. Hope that helps!
Thanks! It looks so yummy 🙂