This post is sponsored by Morton Salt.
If you’ve read Add a Pinch for anytime, you know how much I love to have friends and family over throughout the year. But the thing that I always try to do is plan the menu with recipes that can easily be made ahead to make things even easier! This Chocolate Pots de Creme with Salted Caramel Sauce recipe is the perfect example!
I actually hadn’t made this in a while, but I was reminded of it recently when Bart and I visited New Orleans for Morton Salt’s Next Door Chef event.
In New Orleans, we were served an amazing meal which included a coconut caramel budino with salted caramel sauce and grilled mangoes. It was absolutely fabulous and had me excited to come home and make my Chocolate Pots de Creme with Salted Caramel Sauce for dessert this week when we had family over for supper.
You may have noticed my preference for using Kosher and sea salt in my recipes. That isn’t by accident. I’ve found that it is much easier to control the amount of salt in a dish when using Kosher salt over standard table salt, making perfectly seasoned dishes! I also love to use coarse sea salt in many of my recipes, like my Chocolate Chip Cookies and this Salted Caramel Sauce. It adds just the right texture as a finishing touch.
To make my Chocolate Pots de Creme, I heat the milk and heavy cream in a saucepan until it just comes to a boil and then slowly pour the heated milk over the eggs, sugar, salt and chocolate chips in my blender. Then, I blend until it is smooth and silky, about 1 minute. Once it is ready, I pour it into serving dishes or glasses and refrigerate.
Here’s the best part, you can make them up to two days in advance and just let them chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. Even better, you can make them and, using freezer-safe serving dishes, store them in the freezer up to a week! Then, just allow them to thaw in the refrigerator before adding your salted caramel sauce and serving.
To make the Salted Caramel Sauce, add the sugar and the water to a 3-quart saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until the sugar and water are well combined and then do not stir again, simply swirl the pan as needed. Using a candy or instant read thermometer, cook the caramel to 350º F or until it reaches a light amber color. Then, add all of your butter and whisk together until all of the butter has melted. Remove from the heat and slowly pour in the cream, being sure to whisk constantly, until smooth. Then, whisk in the sea salt and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes before transferring or serving. The caramel will continue to thicken as it cools.
Now, as with the Chocolate Pots de Creme, you can easily make the Salted Caramel Sauce ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Then, just spoon it on top of the Chocolate Pots de Creme and add a pinch of sea salt for serving. Voila! A make ahead masterpiece makes for even easier entertaining!
Here’s my Chocolate Pots de Creme with Salted Caramel Sauce recipe. I hope you love it!
Chocolate Pots de Creme with Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
Chocolate Pots de Creme
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 large pasteurized egg
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 6 tablespoons butter room temperature and cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup heavy cream room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt + more for finishing
Chocolate Pots de Creme
- Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat until it just comes to a boil.
- Meanwhile, place the eggs, sugar, salt, and chocolate chips into a blender or food processor, pulse about 8 times or until slightly blended.
- Once the cream begins to bubble around the edges of the saucepan, remove from the heat, remove the opening of the top of the blender or food processor and slowly drizzle the hot cream through the opening. Blend for about 1 minute or until smooth.
- Pour into six individual serving containers, such as short glasses or jelly jars.
- Refrigerate 2 hours, or until firm prior to serving.
- For serving, top with salted caramel sauce and a pinch of coarse sea salt.
Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe
- Add the sugar and water to a 3-quart saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until combined. Do not stir again, simply swirl the saucepan until the sugar has melted and turns a light coppery amber color. If you use a candy or instant read thermometer, the sugar should register 350º F at this point. Once the sugar has melted and turns a light amber in color, carefully add all of your butter and whisk until all of the butter has melted.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly pour the cream, whisking constantly, until all of the cream has been incorporated. Whisk in the sea salt and set aside to allow to cool before transferring or serving.