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Chocolate Pots de Crème are a family favorite dessert. Plus, they are so easy to make! Rich, creamy custards, and most importantly, flavored with chocolate, make for a dessert that’s certain to please any chocoholic!

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Chocolate Pots de Crème

I’ve had the cookbook, Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Loversby 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 Chocolate Pots de Crème, 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

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”

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

  2. A real treat for chocolate lovers!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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

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

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

  8. Just pure chocolate bliss!

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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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