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Hot Chocolate Custard with Red Wine Pears

By 24th March 2019 Cook, Dining

Ask any chef to go back 10-15 years and name the number one selling dessert on their menu and I can guarantee that a Crème Brulee would be right up there. Basically a Crème Brulee is a baked custard that’s been allowed to cool and then had sugar burnt onto the top of it.

It does not get any better!

For this wonderful sweet all we are doing is cooking it the same as you would with a Crème Brulee, but instead of allowing it to cool. We are serving it piping hot from the oven.
Feel free however to allow it to cool before burning some sugar on top, as I believe it would be even better.

Serving these custards with red wine pears is a nice way to balance out all that rich chocolate.
You could easily find this dessert in any high street diner.

Hot Chocolate Custard with Red Wine Pears

(serves 4)

  • 400ml cream
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 100g good quality dark chocolate
  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 whole egg
  • 4 small Beurre Bosc pears
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 1 cup water

Preheat oven to 140*C (NOT fan-forced). Place cream, sugar, chocolate and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until hot (do not allow to boil). Remove saucepan from heat. Whisk egg yolks, and whole egg in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Remove vanilla beans from milk mixture. Pour hot milk mixture over egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Place custard mix in fridge for 20 minutes to rest. After 20 minutes, skim all bubbles off the surface then pour into 4 small ovenproof bowls.
Place bowls in a deep roasting dish, then pour boiling water into the bottom of the dish until it reaches halfway up the bowls. Very carefully place the roasting dish in the oven and cook for 35 minutes.
While the custards are in the oven, prepare the poached pears. Peel the pears (keeping stalk intact) and place in a large pot with wine, sugar, star anise, cinnamon and water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and leave pears sitting in poaching liquor for 10 minutes. Remove pears and slice in half lengthways.
Upon removal from the oven, top each custard with a pear and spoon over a little of the poaching liquor. Serve immediately.