A Chocolate and Raspberry Crème Caramel

Chocolate Raspberry Creme Caramel (01) by MeetaK 

I have to share another one of my deepest food love affairs with you. Many already know I love panna cotta in all flavors and varieties and that crème brûlée really rocks my sweet tooth. What a few do not know is I have a passionate penchant for flans or crème caramel too. Of course everyone will notice one common factor in all of these desserts - creamy, milky goodness either allowed to set in the refrigerator or gently cooked in a water-bath.

Certainly not everyone is inclined to thick and rich creamy custard served in a medley of flavors, but for me I can pretty much sink into such creamy delights and eat my way out!

A flan or crème caramel is basically stylish and elegant dessert and is so versatile that it can be adapted to fit any occasion. And yes it needs a bit of patience and care to make a good flan or crème caramel, but then the reward is a wonderfully luscious and creamy custard. What makes the flan or crème caramel so unique is the time, effort and precision it takes in preparing the custard, which should be a real treat to be savored whenever the opportunity should arise.

Chocolate Raspberry Creme Caramel Collage by MeetaK

It's one of the desserts I always like to create when I am in the mood to spoil someone special. A romantic evening with Tom, pleasure moment with Soeren or celebration with dear friends. Why I even make it just for me when I think I really deserve it.

Just like this one - I was desperately craving chocolate and was feeling low. So to pep up my mood I decided to combine my favorite ingredient with one of my favorite desserts, threw in a few raspberries, then sank into the sofa, stretched my feet out and simply let the chocolate raspberry flan take control of me!

Chocolate Raspberry Creme Caramel (02) by MeetaK

Chocolate And Raspberry Crème Caramel

Printable version of recipe here.

Ingredients

1 can (about 200 ml) evaporated milk
1 can (about 200 ml) sweetened condensed milk
60g bittersweet chocolate, cut into coarse pieces
1 cinnamon stick
120g fresh raspberries
6 whole eggs, lightly beaten
115g fine granulated sugar

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 175-180 degrees C.

  2. To make the caramel, melt the sugar in a non-stick pan over low heat. Keep your eye on it. The sugar just needs to melt and slightly turn into a rich amber color. 

  3. Pour the caramel into 6 ramekin dessert bowls or one large bowl. Quickly swirl the bowl/s so that the caramel covers the bottom and sides. You will have to be quick with this because once the caramel starts to cool down it begins to solidify making it difficult to pour. Allow the caramel to cool before you pour the egg mixture into the bowls.

  4. In a small saucepan heat the milk, cinnamon and chocolate pieces, stirring occasionally to help the chocolate dissolve. Let the mixture cool down to just warm, then remove the cinnamon stick.

  5. Using a balloon whisk, gradually add the eggs to the chocolate-milk mixture. Beat the mixture only lightly because you do not want to have a bubbly or frothy mixture. Place the ramekin bowls into a larger baking or roasting pan, then carefully pour the custard mixture into the dessert bowl/s. Add a few raspberries to each bowl. Bring some water to a boil in a teakettle, then very gently fill the roasting/baking pan with water so that it comes just about halfway up the ramekin bowls.  

  6. Bake in the "bain marie" for about 50 minutes or until golden. To test if the flan is ready, insert a fork into it if it comes out clean remove from oven, allow to come to room temperature then refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Sticky Note 1 Meeta Tip

 

Using a non stick pan to make your caramel will help the caramel to slip off the pan when pouring - easy to clean later too!

 

 

 


Verdict

Chocolate Raspberry Creme Caramel (05) by MeetaK

Of course it was not all for me both my men got some too! Always a tantalizing treat - the silky, smooth and creamy custard is simply divine to indulge into. And chocolate always puts a huge smile on almost everyone's face. The raspberries add a slight tart note to the entire sweet dessert and plays off the chocolate wonderfully.

Hope you all have a sweet and fun filled weekend!

Hugs!

You might like these creamy desserts from WFLH:

Sweet Potato Flan Lime Brûlée Quark Vanilla Panna Cotta with Star Anise Cranberry Compote and Spiced Pecan Brittle

 


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51 comments:

  1. Your Chocolatey, fruity Creme Caramel looks delectable.

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  2. I love flans, & caramel custards. My mom would always make it for me with loads of caramel, the traditional one of course. The specks of raspberries( In the last picture) & all that chocolate is tempting me to give this combo a try. very very beautiful.

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  3. Greme Caramel is a favourite in our household. :) Lovely idea of adding chocolate and raspberry in it. :) What a lovely surprise.

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  4. Oh my! This can easily take me over too! What a wonderful idea to combine these two luscious and addictive ingredients and make them into a creme caramel! Delicious!

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  5. Such a beautiful and decadent treat!! I just can't take my eyes off the screen....Truly appetizing!

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  6. oooh! I love caramel custards andyour yummy one is tempting me to head straight to the kitchen to make one.

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  7. Meeta, I love it... looks wonderful and I'm sure it tasted even better :)
    Have a good weekend as well, Margot

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  8. This is lovely. I am amazed at how you combine things is such a seemingly effortless fashion.

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  9. That's pretty awesome. You've made something completely new out of our usual crème caramel. Yum.

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  10. Wow, this looks amazing. I can imagine how creamy it is. I have never made creme caramel (though I have made flan and it is very similiar). This is a recipe to save for sure!

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  11. Just when I thought creme caramel couldn't get better, you've proven it can! This is a brilliant combo of flavors, Meeta.

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  12. wow this looks so sophisticated :) nice and yummy :)

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  13. What a delightful crème caramel! So scrumptious looking!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  14. Ah, They are looking so awesome. But I have never found raspberry in any of the markets I have visited, so may be I'll just enjoy with the chocolate part of it :).

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  15. I am amazed at how you combine things is such a seemingly effortless fashion

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  16. This is mouth watering Meeta....I love caramel and with chocolate and raspberry...it only tastes better....enjoy!

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  17. oh yum! i love the chocolate raspberry combo in anything!

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  18. Well, how could you not like creme caramel right? It's essentially a cross between panna cotta and creme brulee! :) Chocolate and raspberry is such a lovely, romantic touch :)

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  19. Your Creme Caramel looks like "Food of Gods" --Divine!

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  20. Looks just beautiful and there's chocolate in it too. Almost makes me wish Germany was close by. :)

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  21. LOL! Yup that's true just when one thinks the original cannot get better - add a bit of chocolate and presto you have an explosive dessert. Glad you all like my flavor combination here. If you are unable to find raspberries then either leave them out or simply add other fruit.

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. Hugs!

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  22. Yet another gorgeous twist on a classic dessert. Looks divine

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  23. that caramel looks so delectable and chocolate too! milk and egg puddings are also my favorite kind of desserts. I'll have to make this. tq for sharing.

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  24. mmm i'm loving your darker version of the classic creme caramel. it's sexy meeta! xx

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  25. All the ingredients to make anyone smile once they taste this, I'm sure. Heck, I'm smiling just looking at the photos. ;-)

    Paz

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  26. There's just something about creme caramels that I find so comforting. Have never had a chocolate flavoured one, would you believe!

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  27. That looks FABULOUS! I am going to have to make these soon.

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  28. It's beautiful, it's elegant & it's just perfect. Very very nice Meeta...a beautiful marriage of flavours. Gorgeous pictures as always

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  29. Meeta, wow, you have the best looking creme caramel ever. It's 8:30 am and so not the time for a dessert but I want it now. :)

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  30. This looks really lovely. I love custards, creme brulees, and this is right up my alley.

    I also am in love with your little white spoons! I want some...there's not a chance these are something I could get in the States, is there?

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  31. Fantastic Meta, I have the same passion for the panne cotte, creme caramels and flans as you have and this sounds and looks outstanding!

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  32. So beautiful! The chocolate and raspberry combo certainly is a good one.

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  33. Meeta,

    I've been an avid reader of your blog and a silent admirer of your breath taking pictures for close to a year now. Well now I have a blog of my own and I just wanted to say hello and shout out "Your blog is beautiful!"
    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipes!

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  34. I have been coming to your blog since '07 , and believe it's a treat to see your recipes and even more the pictures . You are really talented cook !!!

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  35. I love creme caramel/flan but I´ve never made them with chocolate...

    Georgeus!!

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  36. Meeta, what a fab dessert!!

    So delicious looking!! So apart too!

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  37. Looks extremely delicious. I am a fan of creme caramel, so I will never say no!

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  38. Raspberries and chocolate sound like a nice combination.
    The caramel disks on the bottom of the ramekins are a neat trick. ;)

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  39. So I've never had a chocolate creme caramel, can you believe that? I've had plenty of chocolate every other creamy thing on that list, but not that. You are totally making this again (perhaps not with raspberries though) when I come visit right? right?! Or you're stowing one away for me, right? right?! (and you were feeling low? noooooo, we do not like for our Meeta Meeta to feel low, twin powers activate!)

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  40. How absolutely divine this looks Meeta... I do have to say that I am a disaster when it comes to making caramel... Maybe I have to practice more... lol... This sure looks very very tempting!

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  41. Zakkkaaassss!!!! :)

    Meeta, I did (fail) try twice to make caramel. Don't know somehow I can't get perfect caramel...when I try to make it...the sugar turns into hard rocks. why did that happen? Any tips?

    Thank you.

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  42. the colour is much deeper than usual caramel i have had. absolutely delicious-looking :)

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  43. Meeta! I am totally with you on all your favorite desserts! All in the custard family! This is not only a beautiful dessert, but a unique (and fabulous) flavor profile! I love it!

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  44. Looks like heaven! And i am sure it also tastes like heaven! haha I love it! It is so beautiful and well, very appetizing!

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  45. Wow! Can't believe I missed this. Crème Caramel, Crème Brulée and Panna Cotta are husband's absolute favorite desserts and add chocolate to that and you have me aboard too. Luscious indeed!

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  46. congrats of ur new celebrity post.. ;) caramel luks yum

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  47. Yum this looks delicious! Would it work without the raspberries, you think?

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  48. Meeta,

    I made this - my first flan!! It turned out ok given I baked it for atleast 4 hour at 200 F and didnot see any solidifying. Then I reread the recipe and figured that it was 400F ~~ 200C. Then the water in water bath started boiling and it set.

    Despite being crunchy like a browny , it tasted so yummy. I am sure it will turn out perfect next time . Thanks!!!

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Meeta