Chefs' Recipes

Stokehouse Q's dark chocolate pots de crème with ginger pear

These baked chocolate custards are a winning trifecta of dark chocolate, pear and ginger.

By Richard Ousby and Savannah Sexton
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking plus chilling
  • Serves 8
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  • 2 tsp finely diced crystallised ginger, to serve
Chocolate pots
  • 520 ml pouring cream
  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 2¼ tsp Dutch process cocoa
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 65 gm caster sugar
  • 130 gm dark chocolate (55%-60% cocoa solids), finely chopped
Pear in ginger syrup
  • 250 gm caster sugar
  • 25 gm (5cm piece) ginger, thickly sliced
  • 2 large corella pears, peeled, cored and cut into 3cm pieces


  • 1
    For chocolate pots, preheat oven to 160°C and place eight 150ml-200ml ramekins in a deep roasting pan. Whisk cream, milk and cocoa in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to the boil, then whisk constantly for 1 minute to cook cocoa. Whisk yolks and sugar in a separate bowl until well combined, then whisking constantly, gradually pour in hot cream mixture, then add chocolate and stir until melted. Strain through a fine sieve into a jug, then pour into ramekins, filling three-quarters full. Transfer baking tray to oven, then fill tray with enough boiling water to come halfway up sides of ramekins. Bake until set with a slight wobble in the middle (25-30 minutes). Remove ramekins from water, cool completely at room temperature, then refrigerate to chill (at least 2 hours or overnight).
  • 2
    For pear in ginger syrup, combine sugar, ginger and 250ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Turn off heat, cover with a lid and leave to infuse (1 hour, or longer for a stronger flavour). Bring syrup back to a simmer over medium heat, add pear and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (8-10 minutes). Keep warm, or refrigerate and warm briefly before serving.
  • 3
    Drain pear and spoon over chocolate pots with crystallised ginger to serve.
  • undefined: Richard Ousby and Savannah Sexton