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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.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2011

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Recipe Summary

total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8

Nutrition Profile:

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Ingredients

Custard
Chocolate Glaze & Garnish

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Divide the chocolate glaze among the custards, tilting each to cover it completely. Garnish with mint, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 5, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Equipment: Eight 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 47.6g; dietary fiber 1.7g; sugars 41.2g; fat 6.1g; saturated fat 3.3g; cholesterol 78.2mg; vitamin a iu 306.5IU; vitamin c 0.3mg; folate 15.7mcg; calcium 138.2mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 35.7mg; potassium 232.4mg; sodium 123.3mg; added sugar 37g.

3 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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