Chocolate Custard Pots with Peanut Cream

July 24, 2012

I guess it goes without saying that this past month has been the hardest but it’s getting much easier by the day. I also have to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your comments, emails and messages. Your kind words have been immensely healing and I couldn’t be more grateful. Cake and candy for all! :D

These days I’ve been in full Operation Find-a-Pooch mode. The house feels so empty and quiet and it’s definitely time for a new set of paws to tear around this place. The Captain and I are hugely passionate about adopting dogs in need from pounds and shelters but the search hasn’t been easy. Reading so many sad stories and knowing that I can’t help them all, well, it rips me up into a million pieces. Orfy was a happy adoptee and he’s given us so much joy so we can’t wait until we find the one and “start a family again”. We’re planning to meet a few in the next fortnight so fingers cross for us!

Off the soapbox I go and onto dessert! It feels good to get back into the kitchen again so I promise this blog will spring back into life soon. No surprises that it was all about comfort food this month and being a creature of habit, I’ve fallen back into the familiar embrace of chocolate, peanut and banana. Delicious old friends, oh I missed you!

I’ve kept it uber simple; chilled chocolate custard pots with a layer of panna-cotta-esque peanut cream and topped with grilled bananas. A classic trio and one that never fails to put a huge smile on my face.

Chocolate Custard Pots with Peanut Cream
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 200ml milk
  2. 120ml cream
  3. 4 egg yolks
  4. 1 Tbl caster sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 220g good quality dark chocolate, melted
  7. pinch of vanilla salt (or regular sea salt flakes)
Peanut Cream
  1. 220ml cream (35% fat content)
  2. 60g roasted peanuts, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  3. 1/2 tsp gelatin powder
  4. 1 Tbl cold water
  5. 60g white chocolate, chopped
Instructions
  1. For chocolate custard layer, gently bring the milk and cream to a simmer. Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until combined.
  2. While continuously whisking the eggs, slowly pour in the hot milk mixture. Tip this mixture back into the pot and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Be sure to use a gentle heat or you’ll end up with curdled scrambled eggs. Cook until the custard coats the back of the spoon.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir through the vanilla, melted chocolate and salt. Strain custard through a sieve into a jug then pour into four ramekins or glasses and chill while you prepare the next layer. Makes approx 450-500ml.
  4. For the peanut cream, combine the cream and the peanuts in a pot and bring it gently to a simmer. Remove from heat then set aside for 15 minutes to steep.
  5. Meanwhile, combine the gelatin powder and cold water and set aside for about 5-10 minutes to bloom.
  6. When cream is ready, strain into another pot (discard the nuts) and gently heat until warm. Remove from heat and add the gelled gelatin and stir until dissolved. Stir through the melted white chocolate. Strain into a jug then leave to cool until it’s barely warm in temperature. Pour gently into the four glasses on top of the chocolate layer. Cover with cling wrap and chill for at least a few hours or overnight.
  7. If you wish, serve it on its own with grated chocolate and/or with grilled bananas. Slice one or two bananas thickly then either;
  8. 1) sprinkle the slices with sugar and blow torch (example here and here) or;
  9. 2) add 15g of butter into a pan then add bananas. Sprinkle some sugar over the bananas then fry on both sides until golden (check it out in action here).
Notes
  1. Peanut cream adapted from a recipe on Food and Wine
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/

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Kirstin October 16, 2012 at 21:07

Hi, sounds absolutely yummy. What other options are there to replace the gelatin?

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Citrus and Candy October 21, 2012 at 01:47

Hi Kirstin, you can use agar agar which is a non-animal based product although you’ll might have to use smaller amounts of it since they tend to set things harder than gelatin. I’m sorry I can’t be more help as I’ve always stuck with gelatin and never used anything else.

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Jenn August 11, 2012 at 15:32

Karen,
I’ve found your blog through a search on high tea’s today & talk about YAY! I’m being adventurous for my daughters 9 birthday & I think I have to try these as the Jewel in the Crown of her tea.
Jenn

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Iron Chef Shellie August 3, 2012 at 09:03

mmmmm love chocolate and peanuts together :)

Can’t wait to see your new furry friend on the blog soon!
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Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice July 30, 2012 at 21:49

So sorry to hear about your loss, but also happy to hear that you are feeling better, and that you are considering giving another sweet pup a forever home!

I’m also in awe of these custards – I’ve really never thought to pair peanut and chocolate in this way, but what an idea! Just beautiful.
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Celia July 29, 2012 at 17:46

What’s not to like from this dessert…..
custard good
chocoate good
peanuts good
banana goood
AMAZING thank you for the recipe!

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Emma @CakeMistress July 29, 2012 at 15:31

Chocolate and peanut butter fixes most things. These look incredible! All the best in the search for a rescue dog.
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Sara (Belly Rumbles) July 28, 2012 at 19:25

OMG grilled bananas just set off an already awesome flavour combo.

I know what you mean by the house feeling quiet. I know whichever pooch you end up with will be on lucky one indeed.
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Natashia@foodonpaper July 28, 2012 at 18:44

I’m usually not a big fan of peanuts, but I’d give any to eat this right now!
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Barry July 26, 2012 at 08:59

Wow! Holi-Crap-imoli! That looks fantastic! Where’s your Pinterest button? It’s a shame folks can’t pin this one. Spectacular.
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Citrus and Candy July 26, 2012 at 18:58

Hi Barry, the pinterest button is located at the bottom of the post :) And thanks for the kind comments!

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Jacq July 25, 2012 at 19:53

yay good to have you back Karen! Hope your search for a new four-legged friend goes well :)
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Phuoc'n Delicious July 25, 2012 at 13:42

Stunning combo and what a kick ass dessert. Can’t wait to see the latest edition to your family, it’ll receive unconditional love, no doubt!
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Christine July 25, 2012 at 13:18

gorgeous dessert as usual Karen. hope the search for your new pooch goes well :) i’m sure you will find a lovely new member of the family soon! post pics!!

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Tina July 25, 2012 at 11:54

Thanks for the recipes, as well as these photos :) I am sitting here, waiting for lunchtime to come, and now I just wanna rush home and dig out chocolate and peanut from my pantry! A great combo that I’ve unfortunately never had much of, except in the form of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but man this looks delightful. Shall definitely make it soon :)
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leaf (the indolent cook) July 24, 2012 at 19:30

Chocolate and nuts just go so well together! Good luck with your search for a new adoption.
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Christina @ The Hungry Australian July 24, 2012 at 19:13

These look incredible, Karen. Wishing you all the best in your search for a new faithful friend :)
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gastronomous anonymous July 24, 2012 at 18:28

oh my! they look absolutely delish! and great photos :)
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OohLookBel July 24, 2012 at 15:48

These delightful pots are certainly smile (and saliva) inducing. Good luck with your dog search – our cat found us rather than the other way around.
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Tina @ bitemeshowme July 24, 2012 at 08:30

Very glad to hear things are looking up for you Karen. It will get better from here on it :) Love the look of these custard pots. And like you, that flavour combination of chocolate, peanuts and bananas is one I’ll always have a soft sport for. Those caramelised bananas look extra delicious!
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Angela @ the fairy bread chronicles July 24, 2012 at 06:38

I totally agree – chocolate, peanut butter and banana = ultimate combination. These look amazing!
Cooking, I find is so therapeutic, so I hope you feel better when you create all these gorgeous desserts :)
Good luck!

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