Peppermint Pattie Pots de Crème

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Peppermint Pattie Pots de Crème

We love York peppermint patties and the flavor of these festive pots de crème is a dead ringer for the candy. Unlike traditional über-rich custard recipes, this custard uses low-fat milk, only 3 egg yolks and 1/2 cup of half-and-half for its creamy richness. Just 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract in the custard gives plenty of minty flavor, but if you want that icy mountain-breeze sensation, add a whole teaspoon instead.

Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 40
Total Time: 210

Ingredients

Custard

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half

Chocolate Glaze & Garnish

  • 1/3 cup nonfat evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Small sprigs fresh mint for garnish

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Put a kettle of water on to boil for a water bath. Place eight 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups in a roasting pan.
  2. To prepare custard: Whisk egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, peppermint extract and salt in a large bowl; set near the stove. Whisk 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch in a small bowl until smooth. Heat the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk and half-and-half in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until steaming hot. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the steaming milk and continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens, 2 to 4 minutes. Gradually whisk the thickened milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture.
  3. Carefully pour the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or heatproof pitcher. Evenly divide among the ramekins or custard cups. They will be about three-quarters full.
  4. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to come about halfway up the sides of the cups. Carefully transfer the roasting pan to the oven. Bake the custards until they are set but still jiggle a little bit, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Let the custards cool in the water bath to room temperature, about 1 hour. Remove from the water bath and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour more.
  6. To prepare chocolate glaze: Shortly before serving, heat evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Place chocolate chips and honey in a heatproof medium bowl. As soon as the milk starts to bubble, pour it over the chocolate chips and whisk until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Sift in cocoa powder and confectioners’ sugar while whisking; whisk until smooth.
  7. Divide the chocolate glaze among the custards, tilting each to cover it completely. Garnish with mint, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 5, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. | Equipment: Eight 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 254
fat 6 g (3 g sat, 2 g mono)
cholesterol 78 mg
carbohydrates 48 g
protein 5 g
fiber 2 g
sodium 123 mg
potassium 232 mg

Nutrition Bonus

Carbohydrate Serving 3

Exchanges 3 carbohydrate (other), 1 fat

From EatingWell November/December 2011