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French Chocolate Cream Dessert

french chocolate cream dessert

Crème au Chocolat or French Chocolate Cream Dessert

The French adore chocolate. This chocolate obession is just a French cultural foodie thing-their intense love and attachment to chocolate. From hot chocolate for breakfast, or the post-lunch small coffee and chocolate combo, to the gouter snack of bread and chocolate, or the rich chocolate cake or chocolate cream dessert for Sunday lunch.

The French love to eat chocolate.

With so many good quality chocolate choices in France (This is French chocolate, but Swiss and Belgium chocolates are just next door and are available!) along with the health benefits of chocolate, why not indulge?

And that is what we did today, for our Sunday dessert. We combined a rich and cold traditional French chocolate cream dessert pudding with a light and fresh fruit taste on the side. We added pineapple as a fruit match (my favorite match with chocolate is fruit!) but think of your favorite fruit/chocolate combinations: orange slices, raisins, bananas. What other fruits go well with chocolate?

This recipe was inspired by the Recipe Redux Challenge for this month. If you follow the blog (you can do so here) you know that each month a bunch of us dietitian foodies publish tasty and healthy recipes.

This month’s theme was:

Favorite Chocolate Matches
Does your chocolate need a friend?  What’s your favorite chocolate match?

French Chocolate Cream Dessert Recipe Matched with Your Favorite Fruit

This dessert was so much easier to prepare than I would have thought. The chocolate cream can be whipped up in the morning and served for lunch’s or dinner’s post meal dessert. The dream cream must chill in the refrigerator 3-4 hours before serving.

Ingredients (for 4 persons)

  • 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of milk chocolate (note -if using dark chocolate, double the sugar to 6 tablespoons)
  • 500 ml or 2 cups of milk (I used low-fat, but you can use whole milk)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • pinch of sea salt

Method

  • In a large casserole on the stove heat up the milk with a pinch of salt.
  • While the milk is heating, add the chocolate to the casserole, breaking up the chocolate into smaller pieces before putting it into the milk. french chocolate cream dessert
  • With a wooden spoon, mix the milk and chocolate mixture together over low heat until the chocolate is melted. Do not let milk/chocolate burn and remove casserole from heat when chocolate is well incorporated.
  • Put the egg yolks into a separate bowl and mix in the sugar with a wooden spoon with the yolks until the mixture turns slightly whiter.french chocolate cream dessert
  • When the milk/chocolate casserole is removed from the heat and the yolk/sugar mix is ready, slowly mix the chocolate/milk mixture into the egg yolk/sugar mixture. Continue to stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate cream is well mixed.french chocolate cream dessert
  • Return/pour the chocolate cream/yolk mixture to the stove into the original milk casserole. Heat cream over low heat, stirring continously until the cream becomes more consistent. Do not let the chocolate cream boil and take casserole off heat when the dream cream is thick enough to wrap around the wooden spoon. french chocolate cream dessert
  • Pour French chocolate cream into fun serving dishes. Put dishes into the refrigerator to cool and become chilled and more solid. This should take about 3-4 hours.french chocolate cream dessert
  • Serve with a side of your favorite fruit: pineapple or (insert your favorite fruit here!).french chocolate cream dessert

I hope you enjoy this  French chocolate cream recipe.  Have you reached the end and want to see more recipes like this? You can subscribe to BrightonYourHealth monthly newsletter and article updates by clicking on the button below. Your email will always remain private.

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Warmly, Mary

Enjoy my fellow dietitian recipe Reduxers submissions for this month’s Favorite Chocolate Matches.


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10 Responses to French Chocolate Cream Dessert

  1. Lety March 12, 2015 at 11:18 #

    Great recipe, thank you Mary!!

    And the dark one is the healthiest chocolate (although I love milk and, above all, white chocolate)!

    Thank you again, Mary!

    Le*

    • mbrighton March 14, 2015 at 21:44 #

      Grazie Le! I am visiting the north of italy (a friend in Como) and other areas…back to France tomorrow. E tu-come stai? Abbraccio!

  2. Bala February 24, 2015 at 03:01 #

    Mary,

    Chocolate in winter is so good, and then you even describe diabetic friendly ways of enjoying this inviting cream as you do in your Facebook page making the post that much more nice.

    While I’m not convinced of this yet, poached pears with chocolate cream was intriguing.

    Your cover picture is very nice to look at!

    • mbrighton February 24, 2015 at 11:33 #

      Thanks Bala! You always have that poetic touch to your comments. THANKS! Chocolate is wonderful to eat in winter-especially in front of a roaring fire :). Take care and stay warm over there!

    • Bala February 26, 2015 at 21:52 #

      Thank you, Mary!

  3. Anne|Craving Something Healthy February 23, 2015 at 16:46 #

    Simply. Decadent! Love this recipe Mary 🙂
    Anne|Craving Something Healthy recently posted..Vegan Chocolate Coconut Pudding Shots

    • mbrighton February 24, 2015 at 11:34 #

      Merci Anne !

  4. Deanna Segrave-Daly February 23, 2015 at 02:50 #

    Well, if this is French way of making chocolate cream, then it’s got to be right. Look forward to testing this one out 🙂

  5. dr barb, nutrition budgeteer February 22, 2015 at 22:43 #

    I’ve never thought to pair chocolate with pineapple, but the combination intrigues me. Mine would have to be with dark chocolate.

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