Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lemon Pots de Creme and Creme filled Chocolates


I made Creme-Filled Chocolates this past weekend for the very first time, although the recipe has been in our family for years.  I have memories of my Mother making these for holidays and every surface of the kitchen and dining room would be covered with chocolate candies.  They are so easy!  You don't even have to mold them, (as pictured above) they are easily formed by hand into whatever shape you can manage.  And you can flavor them with whatever essence or extract strikes your fancy.

In addition to the chocolates I've made bright and lemony pots de creme. I wanted to continue the sunny disposition of my previous post.  Another welcome sign of spring, (below) my forsythia are blooming! 


First, the Lemon Pots de Creme.  I like this recipe because lemon zest and lemon juice are both added for maximum flavor.  Most recipes only call for lemon zest.

I also like that the zest is sieved out before baking.  Leaving the zest in would be a distraction from the smooth creamy texture.

 

The recipe is really very simple and you'll have it together in no time flat.  The pots bake in a water bath for 35-40 minutes.  Check them at 35 minutes.  You don't want to over cook them or they will be rubbery.  When done, the center should still wiggle a little bit as you are taking them out of the oven.

Lemon Pots de Creme

Sunshine in a bowl.

See Lemon Pots de Creme on Key Ingredient.



I think these should be renamed Sunshine Pots de Creme.  They are so bright in color and taste!


The chocolates were really fun to make.  The recipe for the creme base is floating around in cyberspace here-and-there, but I haven't found anyone who flavors them as we do.  The flavors I've made this year are lemon, butter nut, orange, and my favorite, black walnut. You can also add nuts or candied fruits to the creme.  For example, I flavored a portion of the creme base with black walnut extract, and then wrapped an actual walnut in the walnut creme and then dipped it in chocolate.  So good!

Creme Filled Chocolates

A creme candy base that can be flavored as you ...

See Creme Filled Chocolates on Key Ingredient.



This is how the candy base should look (above, large pic) before you flavor or color it.  It will not be sticky.  I decided to use a chocolate mold with most of my candies, but they are really pretty just shaped by hand too.  It gives them a homemade rustic look, and it's the way I remember them best. (bottom two pics are candy creme shaped by hand)


For those of us who celebrate Easter, I think these candies would make great basket stuffers. If you are of a different religious orientation then please consider these yummy treats a celebration of spring.


Until next time!

26 comments:

the wicked noodle said...

Oh...these look so delicious!! My mom's favorite is lemon anything, and she's coming for a week on Friday! I'm going to surprise her with these :-)

Sherryl said...

I love this Heather! I love pots de creme and I can't wait to try this one!

Mini Baker said...

love pots de creme look delightful! and you are such a pro chocolate maker :D

April said...

I am definitly making these pots de creme!! I love lemon and these look fantastic!! Love the chocolates too!

megan said...

I love lemon anything and these pots look too good. I always love to come visit , you have the best treats! And pictures!

Gala said...

Beautiful pictures, sounds delicious and I love those chocolates!

Two Beautiful Girls Mommy said...

How beautiful and tasty! I am so excited to try these chocolates!

Abbey said...

I absolutely love these! My sister is having surgery, and these would be an amazing and beautiful welcome home present for her! Not to mention great stuffers in my nephews Easter basket!

Thank you!

Cristie said...

I love the new name! Anything that reminds me of a grandmother always tastes like love. I have to try Sunshine Pots de Creme!

Kathleen said...

I love lemon desserts. These sound right up my alley

Mara... said...

oh, sooo pretty!!! The yellow just makes me happy, this is such a happy post! I love the lemon pots, i've never made that before. I might have to try it. And those chocolate candies are right up my alley...both recipes going on my to-bake list. Thanks Heather!!

Tia said...

i'm impressed by the chocolates especially. so pretty and perfect. i'd love if i could make those!

cookies and cups said...

I can't believe you MADE those chocolates!! Seriously, lady you are crazy talented!

Aisleen said...

I adore those candies! I really would love to try this recipe, but I was wondering if I could use butter instead? Im guessing you're using margarine because it doesn't go bad if not refrigerated right?

Thanks for your recipes, they're always so pretty and easy!

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Aisleen!
You are absolutely right. I'd say you could use butter, but the chocolates would need to be consumed within a couple of days or kept refrigerated.

Natalie... said...

Ahhh ireally want to try making chocolates these look so good, you always make such tasty things :D

Aisleen said...

Thanks for the quick reply Heather! I'll keep that in mind, and make them on the same day as I'll serve them. I'm a butter junkie haha but I'll have to try it with margarine as well. Can't wait!

Andre Nievo said...

Another simple recipe I found. But a lemonade chocolate? Well the only way to find the taste out is to start putting those ingredients on the table.

Anonymous said...

These look delicious! I'm planning a spring-themed dinner party and these fit the bill perfectly. Thank you for sharing.

Ingrid said...

I'm constantly awed by your talent. Not only do you bake beautifully but your photos are fantastic and do the recipes justice.
~ingrid

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

Gorgeous post!!! How cute is your pug dog.
The chocolates and lemon pots de creme look fabulous. The colors are are so festive, perfect way to welcome spring :)

Sue Sparks said...

I saw your post and thought "Don't tell me she made the chocolates too!" I should have known better:) Wow! I think changing the name to Sunshine Pots de Creme would be perfect! The photo of Biscuit is the BEST yet...soooo cute!

Miss. Tarrah Dame said...

these look fabulous! i am in love with your pictures (and your dog...i am obsessed with pugs)
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Susan Salzman said...

i just found you, by accident. i LOVE your blog. it is now at the top of my favorites! you are inspiring me!

Viagra Online said...

how wonderful is to make all this delicious plates at home, I really find ingredients so easy to get and so quickly to prepare giving us a nice taste to share with family.,

Anonymous said...

So that's how you make filled chocolates... Definately gotta try those someday, almost no commercial boxes have enough orange, strawberry, or raspberry ones.

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