Bloody Beautiful Pot de Cremes

Any night with Erin is never the same.

We go from eating a big, beautiful salad one evening to planning an entire dinner but ending up making only dessert.

I had been working on a pudding chapter at work (I know it doesn't sound real but I have a real job, I swear)where I was testing different kinds of puddings for a whole week! I went from grocery shopping for kale, beans, and raw cashews one week to shopping for eggs, butter, cream, and chocolate - it was heaven. You would think I would be bored of such a food after eating it every day for a week, but honestly I just felt inspired to create my own.

Erin and I had dinner planned all week but, when the time came and in the moment, all we wanted was chocolate - and of course red wine was going to make it's way into the evening.

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Erin was gracious enough to buy the freaking delicious red wine, Four Locations. We wanted to pair it well with our dark chocolate dessert so we ended up adding some fresh cherries. We only needed a small amount of wine to create the dessert so the rest of it had to be taken care of. And thus began the process of Red Wine Pot de Cremes.

"I should have brought my cherry pitter over" Erin says as we are almost done cutting the cherries and removing the pits by hand. EITHER WAY, we were going to cook the cherries down in some sugar to make them real saucy (just like us).

The whole time we were thinking how we were going to style the shot. We set up our marble board, the lighting and cleaned up while the tiny chocolate pots of deliciousness chilled in the fridge. I always feel so lucky collaborating with Erin, as the ideas are always flowing and always seem to be better. This recipe makes 8 espresso cups worth of rich, decadent, irresistible chocolate desserts that were all consumed by the end of the night - along with a whole Domino's pizza (we are not below someone delivering us food when we are desperate) because we realized we didn't even make dinner. 

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We thought the bright marble and white cups made the shot lighter and brighter. But this dark chocolate dessert deserved some contrast. We drizzled the sugary cherries and cherry sauce all over the whole board. We added some mason jars of dark red wine, the corks from our wine, and some fresh cherries to make these shots exactly what we wanted: FREAKING SEXY. If we had models with us we would have had them on velvet couches, wearing black lipstick, and feeding it to Johnny Depp.

 

RED WINE POT DE CREMES

MAKES 8 ESPRESSO CUPS

 

1 cup cream

1/2 cup your fave red wine

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 egg yolks

Cook all this in a small saucepan until it starts to boil and simmer it for about 30 seconds.

In a separate bowl combine:

1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

2 pinches of salt

Pour the simmering pot of egg and wine goodness all over the chocolate chips and salt. Let it stand for 30 seconds and whisk until smooth.

Pour into espresso cups or any small bowls. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Serve with Whipped Cream and Sugary Cherries

 

WHIPPED CREAM

1/4 powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Whip on high speed using an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

 

SUGARY CHERRIES

1 cup pitted cherry halves

2 tablespoons sugar

Cook on medium-low heat in a skillet until cherries are soft but still hold shape and sauce is slightly thick.

 

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

Not a fan of red wine? I don't get it but I'm sure there are some of you out there. 

Make these substitutions for the red wine instead:

1 tablespoon of orange liqueur (such as Gran Marnier) OR 

1 tablespoon of Frangelico (for hazelnut flavor) OR

1 tablespoon Bailey's/Kahlua OR

1 tablespoon Chambord (for raspberry flavor)

OR make up your own and please, please, please let me know how it is!