Friday, February 4, 2011

Romantic Chocolate Creme Brulee

The romance of chocolate!

When we talk about chocolate being a romantic food,
what do you think it is?  Is it the flavor, or is it the
texture, or maybe both.  For me, so much of my
pleasure in chocolate is the silky texture.  If it is grainy
or gritty, then I would rather not eat it.

Chocolate Creme Brulee takes both chocolate and
creme brulee to a higher level, combining the flavors
and silky textures of both.

It is a perfect Valentine's  Day dessert.

I found these great heart shaped ramekins in a pale pink that
I knew would be perfect at Tai Pan. 

I love the color and the scalloped edges.
At only $1.57 each, I just had to get them.

Creme brulee is a simple combination of cream, sugar and
egg yolks.  This one has the addition of chocolate.

The French tend to have some of the most decadent desserts.
This French dessert then bakes in a bain marie - French for
water bath.  We owe so much to the French aristocracy and
their pastry chefs for world famous desserts like creme brulee.

I like to use a silicone oven mitt when I am working with
removing a pan like this out of the oven.  That way I won't
get burned if the hot water spills on my mitt.

After it bakes, cools and is refrigerated for 2 hours minimum,
top it with a combination of white and brown sugar.

I was so excited to use my little kitchen torch to melt the
sugar, but then I realize it didn't come with the butane,
and hubby couldn't find any at the store, so we did the
traditional melting under the broiler.

Chocolate Creme Brulee Recipe

2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. melted semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 egg yolks (large eggs)
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. white sugar
1/4 C. brown sugar

Combine the cream and sugar in a medium sized
sauce pan and heat until warm.  Pour it over the
chocolate chips, whisking to melt the chocolate
and to make it smooth.  Whisk the egg yolks, then
whisk them into the chocolate cream a little at a
time.  Add the vanilla.  Pour into 6 small ramekins.
Place ramekins in a 10x15 inch bun pan.  Place
the pan in a preheated 350 degree oven with
the ramekins on the pan.  Pour hot water into
the bun pan around the ramekins and coming half
way up the ramekins.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Carefully remove from oven.  Remove ramekins
from the hot water and allow to cool to room temp.
then place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  The
baked creme must be cold so that it doesn't melt
when you broil the topping.

Remove from fridge and top with a mixture of
the white and brown sugar.  Broil the top under
the oven broiler, watching carefully not to burn or
use a small kitchen torch to melt the sugar. 

I like the creme brulee to become cold again, so
I like to place it back in the refrigerator for a couple
of hours. 

Bring a little romance to your table
anytime of the year with
Chocolate Creme Brulee.

I have to tell you that when I was last musing about having dessert
first on my Raspberry Bread Pudding post,
Maggie from The White Farmhouse said that
her mother, who was tiny always ate dessert first.  Maggie asked
the doctorabout that.
He told her that if you had to eat dessert (duh!) you
should eat it first as your body burns up the calories while digesting
the rest of your meal.  Now, Maggie, that is the kind of feedback
I love to hear.  Go visit Maggie, she has a great blog!

This romantic dessert will be partying


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Wow, how yummy does that look. Great little plates you have too. Great tutorial too. I always get so into baking and forget to take pictures. Thanks, Lori

  2. Your heart ramekins made me smile. This looks decadent and perfect Jacqueline!
    I'd like a silicone mitt too, but hope they'll make them fit a little better soon.
    So, on doctor's orders... pie for breakfast-gotta love it! Have a great weekend:@)

  3. I made the same mistake with my torch the first time I tried to use it. I'm embarassed to say that it took me quite a few minutes to figure out what was wrong with it!!! I have never made (or eaten) chocolate creme brulee. I am going to have to try this lovely recipe, even though I don't own those cute heart brulee ramekins,

  4. J, you are a sinful, sinful girlie! The dessert is pure sin, but oh, it is just wonderful, too. My clothes do not thank you, but I DO! ;-)

    I'm trying to figure out words that don't have the letter 'a' as it is being goofy on my computer. Sometimes working, sometimes not. So if you wonder why I called you "J" instead of your name, you know why. Now it appears to be working, but in two seconds it won't. I need a new keypad as I've pounded this one to bits. LOL!

    Happy PS to you...


    S :-)

  5. Thank you for the recipe for this yummy looking treat! How perfect in the little heart ramekins!
    I have got to run downstairs to find some chocolate...there must be some somewhere...this is the third chocolate post in about ten minutes...Help!

  6. Oh Jacqueline, that looks absolutely devine! I'm definitely going to be trying this recipe. How I love your pretty ramekins, and yes, at that price they have to be purchased! I'm glad you shared this recipe for Favorite Things. (I also love the idea of eating dessert first! Thanks for giving me an excuse to do that!) laurie

  7. So pretty - but looks so yummy! I absolutely love the little ramekin dishes! Where did you find them? Or did I overlook that? Have a great weekend.

  8. look wonderful..but where in the world did you find such cute remekins??

  9. Ooh-la-la! I love your heart shaped ramekins, they're perfect! I remember my disappointment the first time I went to use my kitchen torch and I didn't have any butane. Such a bummer. Never let that happen again!

    I have a creme brulee post coming up next week... should be fun!

    Have a great weekend!

  10. I love it when I learn some valuable like I can burn more calories eating dessert makes me better educated, more rounded. No? Is it more rounded but better educated? Whatever, I'm going for the creme brulee!

  11. Ooohhh! I want to eat that now! Oh my, those heart shaped ramekins...adorable. I love creme brulee and this looks delicious.

  12. This looks so so so yammie yammie yammie !! delicious !!! lovely day Ria....

  13. What a great idea! Even for my family it would a fun dessert for MOnday night. I love the dishes! Have a wonderful weekend....

  14. The perfect Valentines Day Treat!!!

  15. That looks amazing. Please share where you found those fabulous ramekins. I would love to order some.

  16. It's so nice to meet you, Jacqueline. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for leaving such a nice comment. I can't imagine a whole birthday cake toppling over. I guess we all have our mishaps.

    I've never made a chocolate creme brulee and your version is irresistible. Just perfect for Valentine's Day in your lovely little ramekins.

  17. The heart shaped ramekins are so cute,everything is always special at Purple Chocolate Home..Well done..

  18. I echo all the above comments...the heart ramekins are too precious, everything just perfect and elegant!
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend.
    Shel xx

  19. That looks like heaven on earth. I think it is the texture of chocolate that I love most.

    Your mom must be a fabulous cook because you and Joni come up with the most beautiful recipes.

    Happy Saturday! La

  20. Happy Pink Saturday Jacqueline Sweetie...
    Oh my what a beautiful, yummy share today. I love your little heart dishes and what a bargain you purchased them at. They were just right for the beautiful cooking at hand.

    I have never had creme brulee but does it ever smell yummy? I could smell it when I opened the page. I can't thank you enough for sharing the recipe, as I would love to try it for Valentine's Day for DH. I think he would love it. Wish me luck.

    Again thank you for the share. Have a glorious Saturday sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  21. I love smooth, creamy chocolate! Your brulee looks so beautiful, especially in the pale pink heart ramekins. I wish I had a Tai Pan nearby, what a deal too:) Thanks for sharing the health benefits of eating dessert first. I'll have to start making a habit of it-Doctor's orders:)

  22. Ok, unless I missed it on here, I didn't see where the ramekins came from. Do share! That looks so delicious! It just wouldn't be Valentines without chocolate. Yum!

  23. Mmmm....creme brulee is such a treat- I love the chocolate!

  24. I love traditional creme brulee but a chocolate version must be amazing! Love those heart pans too ♥

  25. Now that is certainly a Valentine treat that I would love...the Brule' the chocolate, the pink dishes!

  26. Oh, my! When I saw the title I knew this was for me. Yum.

  27. I really shouldn't even post about these because I SAW THEM, but you did not offer me a bite -- not even one small little bite. I am assuming that they were soooo good that you didn't want to share....lovely pink pics. Those ramekins are soooo cute. I saw them, but didn't buy them. Joni

  28. Well, you have done it again!! You amaze me!!

  29. That looks so good!!! Love your heart shaped dish!!!
    Thanks for sharing : )

  30. Looking at those photos, I can just taste how wonderfully creamy and delicious those are.

  31. Love those heart shaped ramekins and what a great deal for them. Those creme brulees look so chocolaty good, definitely perfect for Valentine's Day - sweets to the sweet.

  32. Fantastique! Oh, I want to sit right down and dig in to this yummy dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    ~ Sarah

  33. Another culinary delight from you! I would have been So afraid to put those pretty dishes under the broiler? Can we do this with all ramekins???
    Thank you Again,
    Hugs, Donna

  34. Woa, I want to try this!
    You have such great recipes and ideas, girl!
    I can see dessert for our Anniversary dinner next week!


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