Salted Caramel Pot De Creme

I know I’m a day late in posting a luxurious Valentine’s Day dessert, but who says it has to be a holiday to enjoy this silky cup of heaven?

When I saw the Salted Caramel Pot De Creme tutorial on Gilt Taste, I knew I had to make it. It read, “how to bake custard like a pro, and how to get a caramel flavor without ever burning sugar” which sounded perfect to me. (Full disclosure: I’ve never baked custard and I’m always burning sugar.)

Plus, I recently had a luscious milk chocolate pot de creme at Sandrine’s Bistro and while I’m still not sure on how to properly pronounce it, I wanted to try my hand at making this dessert myself.

I also have some wonderfully fresh heirloom eggs from Pete and Gerry’s, a family farm in New Hampshire. I received a six-pack (can I refer to eggs like that or is that just for beer?) of light pastel blue eggs from a very fun event held at Stone Hearth Pizza in Allston a couple of weeks back, and I was saving the eggs for a special recipe. So it was decided – curb a craving, use some special eggs, make a sexy dessert.

Ohhh and I’m telling you, these little pot de cremes, they’re sexy and they know it. Each spoonful was smooth and silky, with a deep caramel flavor from the browned butter and brown sugar, and a subtle hit of salt.

The Gilt Taste column was extremely helpful. I followed the instructions for the Brown Butter Salted Pot De Creme but went rogue on two things: I used a combination of heavy and light cream (only because I ran out of heavy cream) and I didn’t strain it. Afterwards, I did feel like a pro. And I didn’t burn the sugar!

Coming out of the oven and still in the water bath, I could see that my custards set beautifully. Sure, the tops looked a teeny little bit more grainy than a restaurant quality dessert, but I sprinkled sea salt over it anyway so that was offset. And when I took off the foil cover, I managed to knick that one on the right (kinda like the heart I squished). But imperfections endear me, so I was happy.

Using really good quality eggs really helped in making these pot de cremes even silkier. The egg yolks were thick and plush, and the resulting custard tasted very luxurious and indulgent.

You can find the recipe at Gilt Taste. If you’d like to try another salty-sweet treat, try my Salted Dulce De Leche Macaroons! Or maybe Dark Chocolate Cookies with Espresso Salt? But if you want an indulgent, sexy dessert to impress a significant other (or uh, your parents via FaceTime) or a few of your lucky friends, or even if you just want to treat yourself like a princess, then go get your water bath ready and prepare to swoon.

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32 Responses to “Salted Caramel Pot De Creme”

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    Meghan posted February 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

    These look so delicious!

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    Joanne posted February 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

    You’re right…this should NOT be reserved only for February 14th. In my opinion…it should be an all day every day kind of dessert! Looks amazing!

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    Michelle posted February 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I would totally be intimidated to make this kind of dish and I’m very impressed with how beautiful it looks!

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    Megan posted February 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    These look so decadent and definitely sexy! Nice job!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted February 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I am such a sucker for salted caramel, this looks so amazing!

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    Elizabeth posted February 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Daang those look amazing.

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    Megan posted February 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    You are so right. No need to eat this treat just on Valentine’s Day. I’d eat this EVERY day.

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog) posted February 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    oh my – I am speechless. This looks oh so wonderful!

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    Molly Galler posted February 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    They’re sexy and they know it!

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    Taryn posted February 15, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Looks amazing, and sounds even better. Salted caramel is such a wonderful combination, pretty much ingredients for the most perfect dessert. Wonderful!!!

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    Alaina posted February 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Those yolks look like little balls of sunshine! And the whole dessert looks so rich and decadent.

    And when you said they’re sexy and they know it, I couldn’t help but think of the M&M commercial. Get’s me every time. :-P

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Alaina I love that M&M commercial!!

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    Daisy posted February 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    these are so cute. i want one! made deviled eggs with those pete and gerrys, they are seriously the best eggs ever.

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted February 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    This looks absolutely PERFECT!!

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    Shannon posted February 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    ooh, i saved this recipe to make!!! sounds absolutely amazing, and i bet those eggs made all the difference :) maybe this weekend…

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    lisaiscooking posted February 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I have a huge weakness for salted caramel. This looks like my ideal dessert!

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    Clarkie @ Beloved Green posted February 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Oh, heavens to Betsy, this looks amazing!

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    zee posted February 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    oooooh! been thinking of trying to make pot de creme! how timely!

    they look so yummy biancs!!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Hi Zee!! Thanks, thanks. Hope you get to make them soon!

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    Marina {} posted February 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I’d like to go for a swim in that delicious pot! xo

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    Tracey posted February 17, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    wow – looks soooo good! I must try this at home :)

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College posted February 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Ooo my oh my..these ARE sexy!

    Without sounding creepy after that first part, my Dad loves pot de cremes and I am totally going to make these for him sometime.

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    Simply Life posted February 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

    oh what an elegant dessert! perfect for guests!

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    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures posted February 18, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I need this in my life NOW!!!

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    Wine Dine Divas posted February 19, 2012 at 2:07 am

    They look silky smooth and just delicious!!

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    grace posted February 19, 2012 at 5:28 am

    i’m of the firm opinion that nothing involving salted caramel can be wrong. these look so luxurious and decadent–well done!

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    yummychunklet posted February 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Sounds and looks very tasty! Love the salted part of the caramel.

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    Sacha posted February 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I also saw the recipe on Gilt Taste and thought it was so clever. I love anything involving custard, and your pots de creme look delicious!

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    honeywhatscooking posted February 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    salted caramel is my favorite, this looks so so so good! this dessert looks phenomenal. :-)

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    Choc Chip Uru posted March 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This dessert is decadence times 10 :D
    Thanks for introducing us!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Double Jaffa Nutella Fudge Cookie + More

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    sarah posted July 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    any idea where i can get this recipe? no longer available on the link you posted! looks great!

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