A rich, silky smooth Dark Chocolate Crémeux custard with Pomegranate Gelée that is unbelievably delicious. You won’t believe you made it in minutes and can enjoy it from the comforts of your slippers and robe. Fancy date nights at home just got decadent.
Cremeux Para Deux: A Decadent Dessert for Two
Chocolate Crémeux is the French pastry chefs’ best kept secret. With just a handful of ingredients and a simple custard procedure, you and your loved ones can be indulging in this creamy patisserie treasure right from your own home. This recipe was designed to make an indulgent portion for two - the perfect ending to a romantic meal. However, if you’d like to share the love and wow your dinner guests, we have included the measurements for six portions below the recipe in the notes. Even better? This happy ending can be prepared the day before and is best served straight-from-the-fridge wherever temptation strikes.
This decadent dessert is not for the faint of heart. Dark Chocolate Crémeux - a creamy, potted custard - is designed to satisfy the deepest of chocolate cravings. For this recipe, we love the balance of a darker, more bitter chocolate. However, you are welcome to use a lower percentage chocolate for a more sugary outcome. For us, seventy percent cacao was the sweet spot. We found seventy percent chocolate had just enough sugar to soften the bitterness wile maintaining rich, dark chocolate-y flavor. To embolden the chocolate flavor even more, a touch of instant espresso powder will further accentuate the richness. We recommend splurging on a high-quality chocolate and appreciating the subtle nuances with every bite.
Pudding Up with a Hot Temper: How to Temper Eggs for Custard
Unlike American pudding, this chocolate crémeux relies on eggs, not starches, to achieve its delectable density. Tempering eggs can be intimidating to the novice, but not justifiably so. First, understand that the eggs must be warmed slowly and evenly. This will help prevent them from scrambling and you will be left with a luscious and perfectly smooth dessert. To do so, stream or ladle your steamy milk and cream into your eggs slowly, a little bit at a time, while whisking constantly. Next, when you return the tempered custard to the heat, do not underestimate the importance of continuous stirring. Keeping the custard moving in your pot is essential to prevent burning or curdling. Finally, be sure to remove the thickened custard from the heat as soon as spoon-coating, melted-ice-cream consistency, is achieved. The crémeux will continue to thicken as it cools.
Love Grenade: A Passion for Pomegranate
We can’t think of a more sensual or romantically symbolic fruit than the plump arils of a ripe pomegranate. The lip-puckering tartness and bursts of ruby colored juice have captivated the hearts of humans (and goddesses) alike for centuries past. Just ask Queen Persephone. Pairing the vibrant, crimson fruit with the intensity of rich, dark chocolate makes for a love story we can all lust for. A thin layer of lightly-set Pomegranate Gelée layers the Dark Chocolate Crémeux in lovely companionship. This duo of aphrodisiacs is so indulgent it will have you longing to share another spoonful.
Share Your Success!
This Dark Chocolate Crémeux with Pomegranate Gelée is the decadent dessert of a star-crossed lover’s dream… but we certainly won’t tell if you share with mom or indulge all by yourself. Sharing or not, this one won’t disappoint. If this recipe makes its way to your table be sure to drop us a comment below! And, as always, tag @foodworthfeed in your Instagram posts and stories. We love having a seat at your table, you’ll always have one at ours!
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