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Chocolate Pots de Crème for Two on a white tray topped with whipped cream and fruit

Chocolate Pots de Crème for Two

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This small batch-recipe for Chocolate Pots de Crème is rich and creamy, and makes two decadent servings! A perfect fix for chocoholics!

These chocolate custards make a delectable dessert for date night or any special occasions.

Chocolate Pots de Crème for Two on a white tray topped with whipped cream and fruit

Chocolate Pots de Crème

I’ve had the cookbook, Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers by Debby Maugans for a few years. So with Valentine’s Day approaching, I knew exactly from where I’d get my inspiration.

I immediately settled on Pots de Crème for Two, rich cups of silky dark chocolate custard. I added some Grand Marnier for a touch of orange flavor, but any complementary liqueur would be lovely.

Overhead view of chocolate pots de creme with whipped cream and fruit

What are Pots de Crème?

Translated from French, Pots de crème means pot of cream or pot of custard. If you’re my husband, you call these creme de pots as he can never remember their French name. The proper pronunciation is POH-də-KREM, with a long “O” and short “E.”

Pots de crème are loose baked custards that trace back to the 17th century. They’re often served in demitasse cups and baked in a bain-marie, or water bath, to keep a consistent baking temperature.

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

Rich chocolate custards for two!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 2 servings


  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ¼ ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons egg yolk (about 1 ½ eggs yolks)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or liqueur of your choice (like Kahlua, Frangelico, Chambord)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream and fresh raspberries for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 300º. Place two 6 ounce ramekins or oven safe cups in a rimmed baking dish and set aside
  2. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan or microwave in a Pyrex measuring cup until it simmers. Pour 1/3 of the cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the cream and whisk.
  3. Place the egg yolks in a small bowl. Whisk a little of the cream mixture into the eggs to temper them. Then add the egg mixture back into the chocolate cream, mix and add to the saucepan you used to heat the cream.
  4. Mix the sugar and cocoa powder together. Add then to the saucepan, cook over low heat while whisking constantly. Allow the mixture to thicken for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the liqueur, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Then pour the mixture into two custard cups. Fill the rimmed pan with hot water until it come half way up the side of the custard cups. Then place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes till softly set, but still a bit jiggly.
  6. Chill for till cold, about 6 hours. Serve with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

Yield: 2 servings

Total time: 7 hours with cooling time


Adapted from Small-Batch Baking

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 627Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 260mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 7g


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53 comments on “Chocolate Pots de Crème for Two”

  1. Your pots de creme look so luscious and velvety, like chocolate bliss!

  2. Looks like your Valentine is going to be very happy, Liz! Heavy cream, chocolate with a dash of Grand Marnier makes my heart happy =)

  3. I need to learn to cook for two. I grew up with such a herd of brothers and sisters that when I learned to cook it was always BIG and for a crowd. I’m still ingrained to do it that way even though for the most part it’s just the two of us. These look wonderful Liz, I’m a little afraid there would be a long face if I only made two 🙂

  4. Looks and sounds absolutely divine! Perfect Valentine’s Day pudding!

  5. Looks great, pretty colors! I love the little kumquats, gotta keep my eyes open for them to make some marmalade:@)

  6. Such an elegant dessert Liz. Smooth, creamy, and chocolate-y = just perfect!

  7. Gorgeous!!! What a beautiful presentation, perfect for this holiday

  8. This looks so pretty and elegant Liz! The Grand Marnier and fresh raspberries are such a nice touch and perfect for Valentine’s Day 🙂

  9. Liz!!! LOVE these!! how elegant. . I’ve made pots de creme before but not with liqueur . . totally need to try this!! and love the presentation. . absolutely beautiful!!

  10. Oh, these pots de creme look so pretty, Liz! I love that this recipe serves just two. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but sometimes you just don’t want all the sweet leftovers all week long! What a great Sunday supper theme. Your presentation is so pretty, too…love those raspberries and kumquats!

  11. Gorgeous, Liz – Would love to see this submitted to so I can share with all my foodie friends:-)

  12. I am so coming to your house for V-day! This is so perfect and romantic! I love it all!!

  13. Completely agree with Laura…luscious and lovely indeed. Sound ideal for the Valentine’s 🙂

  14. Oooh….love this. I am imagining the second batch with St. Germaine liqueur. Whaddya think?

  15. Very inspired V-day treat! Love it!

  16. Chocolate Pots — my favorite! This screams Valentines Day!

  17. absolutely georgeous dear Lizzy!!!!

  18. These are just stunning, Liz! I bet the Grand Marnier gives that perfect hint of orange. Wow!

  19. Years ago my mother-in-law gave me a pretty set of white porcelain pots to make just this dish, Liz. I think I used them once because the recipe makes all eight. How silly I’ve been! I’ll be pinning your recipe and using just two of them again soon!

  20. This looks gorgeous AND tasty, Liz!

  21. I love Pots de Crème! And you’ve reminded me it’s been way too long since we’ve made these. Yours look terrific! Really good stuff — thanks so much.

  22. I love pots-de-creme! So decadently wonderful. And I love the garnishes of sliced kumquat and candied orange peel. Perfect!

  23. Mmmmmmm sooo chocolatey, soooo silky! I would just gobble both of these up all by myself! 😛

  24. How pretty are those little pots and I love something chocolatey and scrumptious like this to share with my hubby!!

  25. Ooh! Rich and creamy! Perfect for the theme too!

  26. I’ve been craving chocolate pudding, you just brought it up a few notches! Looks amazing.

  27. Liz, these look delicious!! Love how pretty the citrus looks on the pots and plate!

  28. Dessert for two!! I need to get my hands on that cookbook. These look perfect for Valentine’s Day. I plan to fill up with chocolate this week.

  29. Awesome. Now I know what I’m going to do with the extra chocolate from the german chocolate cake I made. Thanks.

  30. Dear Liz, What a heavenly way to end a meal. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  31. Lizzy, such a magnificent presentation with this elegant dessert…totally craving it! A perfect Valentine’s Day dessert that would be awesome to serve to a ‘special someone’! xoxo

  32. Aww Lizzy, I love chocolate and orange together!! As always, an amazing dessert idea! 🙂

  33. Yum I know what I’m making next time I have a chocolate attack.

  34. These look absolutely amazing!

  35. I have always wanted to make this dessert. The problem is if I do, I would want to eat both pots. 🙂

  36. We aren’t empty nesters yet – but I love the idea of making small-scale desserts. Your pots de creme look wonderful!

  37. Just thinking about putting a spoonful of this gorgeous chocolate creation into my mouth makes me hungry. It looks very good.

  38. I just pinned your beautiful recipe. I love orange and chocolate together and garnishing with those little kumquats is brilliant. Take Care, BAM

  39. This could be my whole dinner.. 🙂

  40. You had me at Pots de Crème, Liz, but the GM measure makes me smitten. You do chocolate so well. Brava!

  41. A real treat for chocolate lovers!

  42. These look very rich and decadent and perfect for Valentine’s Day with that dark rich chocolate. You have a lot of great Valentine’s recipes in circulation xx

  43. I love finding incredible dessert recipes like this that only make enough for one serving each, because then it means I can enjoy it without the temptation to eat too much.

  44. Yum. This sounds exactly right for a romantic dinner!

  45. Everything is coming up chocolate. That makes me so happy!

  46. Liz, your recipe is tempting me to try my hand at this!

  47. Just pure chocolate bliss!

  48. I’d probably have to double this because this looks perfect for just me. 🙂 Delicious!

  49. I’m a total chocoholic (that’s an understatement – I’m obsessed with the stuff!) so obviously I’m loving your pots de creme, Liz. It looks so wonderfully rich and decadent!

  50. I tend to cook like we still have a full house. Then I want to kick myself when I toss out the leftovers. That being said, I guarantee this would not go to waste. Even if my low cholesterol diet doesn’t permit eating a big slab of cake for 5 nights in a row.

  51. Those look beautiful! I love that book too!

  52. Ah Liz, you know I adore your blog and recipes!! Another winner right there and the colours are just amazing too! xx

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