Tuesday, 11 August 2015

London Fog Pots de Crème

London Fog (Earl Grey) Pots de Crème with candied Cocoa Nibs
Got 3 egg yolks kicking around from macaron making?  we do...
This recipe is a perfect companion to any macaron recipe that incorporates 3 egg whites.  Are you like me and feel guilted by those extra yolks in your refrigerator?  Every time I opened the fridge, the yolks in their little plastic-wrapped glass bowl sat looking forlornly...begging to be made into something worthy.
and I've got a hankering for London Fog Pots de Crème
Instead of making matcha pots de crème (notice the preoccupation with all things matcha on my blog?) I decided to go the Earl Grey tea route because I've been seeing it practically everywhere in Vancouver...in ice cream and gelato parlours in particular.  I have no idea why Earl Grey tea came to be associated with the flavour "London Fog" but when I saw it on the ice-cream menu at Earnest Ice Cream, I knew right away what kind of tea it would be.

Bib has a new apron! She is all over baking and making and the apron was on sale at WS
preparing the custard. Bib loves to use the whisk. I had to stop her from over-beating as too much air will create bubbles in the custard which will result in a baked custard that will not look that great
If you are distracted like I am during baking while the cream mixture is heating on the stove, you'll experience this lovely boil-over.  I hate that.  I hate cleaning up the spilled cream but it's important to do this right away or it'll be hard to remove later on.  I use my silicone oven mitts and a wet old dish towel to mop up the spill-over.  Getting the spill when it's fresh is important.  Trust me.
I was so busy taking pics the cream boiled over.  oops.
adding the hot earl grey tea infused cream to the egg yolk mixture. careful not to make scrambled eggs!
the pots de crème in their water bath, ready for the oven. cover with foil before carefully sliding the custards into the oven
I run the custard mixture through a fine sieve before filling the pots
candied cocoa nibs sprinkled on the refrigerated pots de crème, just before serving
London Fog Pots de Crème...my take on the flavour that's all the rage in foodie YVR
If you love Earl Grey tea, you will love these little London Fog Pots of Cream
smooth, creamy and delicious! 

adapted from Martha Stewart
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags (I used Tazo Earl Grey tea bags)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons organic evaporated cane sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • cocoa nibs for sprinkling/serving (can be omitted)
  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F.  In a small saucepan, bring the cream, milk and tea bagss just to a boil over medium heat (watch carefully as the cream can boil over quickly).  Turn off heat and allow the tea bags to steep at least 10 minutes.  
  2. While the mixture is cooling, in a medium bowl, whisk together the yolks, sugar, vanilla and salt.  Gently press on the tea bags and discard.  Slowly whisk the hot cream mixture into the yolks.  
  3. Arrange ovenproof cups in a baking pan large enough to hold the cups without touching one another (four 6-ounce cups or try espresso cups and various other cute oven-safe containers) Pour boiling water into the pan, being careful not to splash any inside the cups, until water comes halfway up sides of the cups.
  4. Divide infused cream among the cups.  Cover pan tightly with aluminum foil, poking a few holes to let steam escape.  Bake until custards are set but still slightly wobbly in centers, about 30 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove baking pan from oven; remove foil.  Transfer cups from the hot water bath to a wire rack; let cool about 30 minutes.  Cover cups with plastic wrap; chill in the refrigerator until custards are firm, at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.  
  6. Sprinkle with candied cocoa nibs on the top of the pots de crème just before serving.


Unknown said...

What is evaporated cane sugar?

Cakebrain said...

Norma, Evaporated cane sugar is simply sugar. It is from cane and it's not as processed as white sugar. It looks and tastes like white sugar aside from the fact it is golden yellow in colour and you can interchange it with regular sugar if you wish.


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