The Quarantined Kitchen: June 17, 2020

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The Quarantined Kitchen shares ideas and recipes from Chef Steven Bright, Hospitality Coordinator at Shadyside Presbyterian Church, to help you stay healthy by eating well during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 17, 2020: Chocolate Pots de Crème

Cool, refreshing, and satisfying – it’s French chocolate pudding!

Chocolate Pots de Crème

Serves 6


3 cups light cream
* ½ cup whipping cream (garnish)
4 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped or frozen/grated
9 large egg yolks
Pinch of salt
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate – coarsely chopped


Position your oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees. Combine the 3 cups of light cream along with 2 tablespoons of sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer while you whisk. Stir in the ginger and add the chocolate and stir until it is melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat. Cover the saucepan and let stand for 30 minutes.

Select a large bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks, remaining sugar, vanilla, and salt until it is well blended. Whisk in the chocolate mixture. Strain the mixture into a large 4-cup measuring cup.

Place 6 pots de crème cups or small (6-8 oz.) ramekins in a large roasting pan. Divide mixture evenly between cups. Pour enough hot water in the pan to cover the sides of the dishes by half. Cover the pan with aluminum foil (or use pot lids if you have them). Place in oven and bake until the custard is just set around the edges, approximately 20 minutes. Custards will jiggle slightly in center third.

Remove the pan from the oven. Remove dishes from the pan and allow them to cool uncovered. Then, cover and chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours and as long as overnight.

* Garnish: With the ½ cup whipping cream, whisk with ½ teaspoon sugar to semi-stiff peaks.


Should you have any questions, or need helpful tips, please feel free to contact Chef Steven via email at:

Be well – eat well!

Chef Steven M. Bright

Read more from Chef Bright by exploring other entries in The Quarantined Kitchen.