I just bought my plane ticket to Paris for this March.  We are having  a reunion of sorts with Patricia Wells, a special week  loaded with all new recipes from some of Patricia’s favorite dining spots in Paris.  In anticipation, I want to share one of the recipes I have adapted from Patricia’s original.  

Petit Pots de Crème au Chocolat au Piment d’Esplette

Chocolate Custards with Piment d’Esplette

You’ll need a double boiler (a stainless steel bowl over a sauce pan works just as well), a baster, and eight 1/4 cup vodka or shot glasses.


5 ounces (150 g) bittersweet chocolate (I use Valhorna Manjari 64%)

3/4 (185 ml) cup heavy cream (or half-and-half)

2 tablespoons (1 oz; 30 g) salted butter

Generous 1/4 tsp Piment d’Esplette (available online in the U.S.; hot paprika is a fine substitute)

Fleur de sel


Break the chocolate into small pieces and set aside

In the top of a double boiler over, but not touching, boiling water, heat the cream and 1/4 cup water until warm.  Add the chocolate pieces, stirring until  melted.  Add the butter and stir to melt and combine.  Stir in the Piment d’Esplette.  Getting the mixture into the glasses is best done using the baster (far less messy).  Pop them in the fridge and let them cool until firm, about twenty minutes.  When it’s time serve, top with a bit more Piment d’Esplette and a pinch of fleur de sel.

Bon appétit!


“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are otherwise you will miss most of your life.”–Buddha


8 comments on “Pots de creme

  1. Only 4 more months until the reunion!! I love this recipe so much. Made it for friends who are chocolate lovers and it satisfied their sweet tooth perfectly. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. french cravings on said:

    I know–I can’t wait!! It’s a regular dessert in our house. This was my first go at food styling and the best part is, I get to eat my work! :)

  3. Oh my dear, that photo brought me to my knees. I wish I could say i was hooking up with Patricia Wells when I go in January but what would we have to talk about? Cheese grits? meatloaf? I’m thinking you are a much better person to have the honor!

  4. french cravings on said:

    Too funny, V! Cheese grits sound pretty tasty to me, especially with some roasted green chiles stirred in for a bit of heat. Yum!

  5. Oh that looks so very delicious. And what a tremendous time you’ll have in March!

  6. french cravings on said:

    And easy, too, Louise!

  7. Carla Coulson on said:

    Yummm So cold in Paris i could easily eat this every day I have such a sweet tooth and with the cold weather chocolate is such ‘comfort’ food……but it would not be a pretty site by the end of winter!! Sounds like you will be having a great time on your next visit :)
    Carla x

  8. french cravings on said:

    Enjoy your trip “home”! What a perfect way to escape the cold of Paris. :)

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