December 8, 2012

Earl Grey Pots de Creme


Guys, I recently discovered Martha Stewart's site. And it is AMAZING.

I know I'm a little late to the party, but forgive me, I didn't grow up in the US — we didn't have Martha Stewart TV shows and magazines in the Philippines and the Netherlands. So the first time I had actually ever heard of Martha Stewart was not due to one of her famed recipes or arts-and-crafts tutorials; instead, it was back in 2004, when she was accused and subsequently convicted for insider trading. Although I found the whole thing a little bit hilarious and tragic at the same time, as you can imagine, it certainly didn't inspire me to start trying out her recipes anytime soon.

But recently, a friend of mine sent me Martha Stewart's recipe for Earl Grey Pots de Creme, with the tagline: "This looks very you." She was right — I love tea-flavored things, as made evident by my recipe index. Not a lot of people have a section dedicated to tea-flavored baked goods.

Looking through Martha's recipe, I realized it had everything I loved in a recipe: simple ingredients, simple instructions, but with a unique twist. I'd never heard of Earl Grey flavored pots de creme before; only vanilla and chocolate. How would this turn out?


The pots were lovely. The custard was creamy and rich, with an strong Earl Grey flavor that wasn't too floral. Since I rarely make custards/mousse type desserts, I was nervous that I would screw up the process somehow. But this recipe was foolproof — nothing but deliciousness over here. And did I mention how adorable they look in the little mason jars?

So just like that, I was hooked onto Martha Stewart. Finally jumping on the bandwagon after all these years. Can't wait to try her other recipes!


Earl Grey Pots de Creme 
(Adapted from Martha Stewart)

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Ingredients

For the Earl Grey Pots de Creme:
(makes four 6-ounce jars/cups/ramekins)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea leaves
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
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Recipe

For the Earl Grey Pots de Creme:
  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup heavy cream, 1 cup whole milk, and 2 tablespoons Earl Grey tea leaves just to a boil over medium heat. Turn off heat; let steep for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 2 hours.

  2. Once the tea has finished steeping, preheat the oven to 325 (F). 

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together 4 egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. 

  4. Reheat the infused cream and milk mixture (from the first step), bringing to a gentle boil. Slowly whisk into the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to avoid the yolk from cooking. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl to extract as much liquid as possible without pressing on tea leaves. Discard the leaves.

  5. Working close to the oven to minimize the risk of spilling water, arrange four 6-ounce jars in a baking pan large enough to hold the cups without touching one another. Pour boiling water into the pan, being careful not to splash any inside the cups, until water comes halfway up the sides ot the cups.

  6. Divide the custard evenly amongst 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 the centers, about 30 minutes.

  7. Carefully remove baking pan from oven; remove foil. Transfer cups from the hot water to a wire  cooling 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. 
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5 comments:

  1. they are tempting! Need to try those!

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  2. Wow those look delish! I love early grey tea, my new favorite combo is earl grey & lavender together.

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  3. That looks so good! I'm going to have to try it!

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  4. love love love martha! i am american but i didnt get into her until a few years ago when her own brand of sheets/furniture/crafts/cokware/etc. showed up in practicaly every single department store we have in every income bracket. I looked her up and became a fan. she used to have her own channel on sirius satellite radio but it just got canceled.

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  5. Has anyone tried making this with coconut milk instead of cream???

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