My friends know I don’t do dessert. I’m happy with cheese and bread, or chocolates and candied ginger, or both. However, I realize that not everyone is of the same ilk. If you are coming to my house for dinner and want to bring something, dessert it is, almost always. There are some fabulous bakers among my friends; their creations are always a hit. I never turn down dessert, as long as I don’t have to make it.
Don’t you think folks fall into two groups, those whose weakness is sweet and those who love salty things? I’m in the later category. Don’t put a bowl of chips in front of me…gone! It’s embarrassing. I like salty, crunchy foods.
However, to get back to dessert and Pot of Chocolate, everyone needs an easy quick delicious dessert in their back pocket. This one is my ‘go to’ recipe. I do love chocolate! The original source is a little book titled “Appendix to the I Hate to Cook Book”. It was published in 1966, written by Peg Bracken, who died in 2007 at the age of 89. The 60’s were the days of Julia Child; this book was for the anti-Julia Child group. Ms. Bracken wrote for reluctant cooks like herself, who knew that some activities — particularly childbearing, paying taxes and cooking — “become no less painful through repetition.” Her book, she wrote, was “for those of us who want to fold our big dishwater hands around a dry martini instead of a wet flounder.”
Of all things, my mother introduced me to the book, she of the classical French cooking school. She could sure cook, but she wasn’t a snob. She made this chocolate mousse for large parties (and never gave out the recipe). So you, my friends, are getting one of the family secrets.
The “I Hate” books are still in print and are fun to read for their irreverent backlash to spending hours in the kitchen.
Ms. Bracken calls this by the fancy name “Pot-de-Chocolat”.
Pot of Chocolate (serves 8)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 ¼ scalded light cream or half and half
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons brandy or run or your choice of liqueur
- Put the chocolate chips into the bowl of your blender; add the scalded milk, egg yolks and liqueur.
- Turn on the blender to high and blend until everything is smooth and creamy
- Pour into small teacups or serving dishes (this is very rich, you don’t need very much to satisfy a sweet tooth)
- Chill for at least 3 hours, it will firm up as it cools
- Garnish with whatever you have at hand…maybe a dollop of whipped cream, or a fresh raspberry, or a piece of candied ginger, a few toasted almonds, or a curl of chocolate. It’s also very good just plain, as-is.
Presentation wise this lends itself to any event you have planned…earthy or fancy.
Does your taste run to sweet or salty?
I’m hoping that you have all recovered from your Halloween sugar high and are ready for more. So, I’m taking this to party with Angie from the Novice Gardener for Fiesta Friday #41, and Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, and Mouthwatering Monday hosted by Rachel at Southern Fairytale. Come join us at the party.
I am very excited to be featured in this week’s Fiesta Friday. Thank you Angie. Don’t miss the fantastic dessert created by Angie at the The Novice Gardener in honor of the movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.