Sometimes there’s nothing better in life than simple pleasures. You know, those winter days where you do nothing other than sit in front of the fireplace with a good book and a cup of tea. Or in the springtime, going on a hike through newly green hills, or going for a really good early morning run in the summertime, or listening to raindrops in the fall. This tends to be the attitude I take toward food as well. Sometimes I get caught up in a desire to create an intricate & complicated birthday cake (see below), but for the most part, this blog is about simple food.
A few days ago, my husband and I were invited to have dinner with some good friends at their house. I offered to bring dessert, and in the back of my mind planned to bring Crème Brûlée so that I could try out my newest cooking toy (a kitchen torch!). However, when I measured out my whipping cream, I only had 1 cup. All of the recipes I could find called for 2 cups, so I could either go to the store and buy more cream, or think of a different dessert idea. I opted for the latter, because I was too lazy to go out and didn’t particularly want something with 2 cups of cream in it. I checked the recipe for Pots de Creme au Chocolat, and happily, found that it calls for 1 cup of cream and 1 cup of milk. Yay! I was sold.
I used Martha Stewart’s recipe from her website. I pretty much followed it word for word, except that instead of bittersweet chocolate I used semi-sweet, and instead of using 2 tsp of vanilla extract, I used 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of vanilla paste. I had never made Pot de Creme au Chocolat, so I didn’t know what was in store for me (and the rest of the dinner crew). Wow. The dish went well beyond my expectations. It was creamy, chocolaty, and just the right balance of sweetness. From the very first bite, I was reminded of how good simple food can be. Simply delicious.