Juniper and Honey Pot de Créme

By Yossy Arefi
December 23, 2013
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Author Notes: This classic French dessert sounds impressive, but it's particularly simple to make. Chocolate pot de crème are quite common, and quite delicious, but the woodsy, citrusy flavor of dried juniper berries and sweet honey are a particularly nice combination. If you’d prefer to skip the juniper, you can infuse the cream mixture with another spice or skip it altogether. Yossy Arefi

Serves: 4 to 6

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup mild-flavored honey
  • 2 tablespoons dried juniper berries, lightly crushed
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • Whipped cream, sea salt, and toasted pine nuts to serve
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the heavy cream, milk, honey, juniper berries, and salt. Bring to a low simmer and turn off the heat. Let steep for 30 minutes then strain out the berries.
  2. While the cream steeps, preheat theoven to 300° F, put a kettle of water on to boil, and arrange 4 to 6 ramekins in a baking dish.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks until well combined, then whisk the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks. Divide the mixture into ramekins.
  4. Put the baking dish onto the oven rack and fill the dish with about 1 inch of boiling water; the water should reach about halfway up the ramekins. Tent the dish with foil and bake for 40 50 minutes or until the custards are set, but jiggle slightly in the center. Cool the custards for at least 2 hours and up to overnight before serving.
  5. Garnish with a light sprinkle of sea salt, a dollop of whipped cream, and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts.

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