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Petits Pots de Crème au Caramel


Petits Pots de Crème au Caramel

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Not all desserts are complicated to make. Sometimes, I like to indulge myself in simple desserts. I have been learning about French food for quite a while now and I feel that there are so many things that I have eaten but have never tried making at home. Yes, I am not a very dessert person (I mean I can survive without desserts) but I certainly do have a my favourite list if you were to ask what I like and don’t.

One of my favourite desserts is crème caramel, flan, or caramel custard. Crème caramel is a rich custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top. As much as I love crème caramel, petit pots de crème is another favourite of mine. Pot de crème is a French dessert of a baked then chilled custard served in ramekins. It translates to “pot of cream,” derived from the fact it is served in small dishes and its custard-like cream. So, the only difference between these two is that caramel is the main feature of crème caramel. As for pot de crème, it’s just plain custard.

I like the presentation of pot de crème and the taste of caramel. So, I have decided to make the best of both – use little pot to make pot de crème and add the caramel at the bottom. These desserts can be kept chilled for a few days. I feel that this little cute pot dessert is very suitable to serve during a dinner party if you are after a simple and yet very presentable dessert. Well, if you don’t have clear small pots, you can always use ramekins, which they will then be called crème caramel instead of petit pot de crème au caramel. 🙂

Petits Pots de Crème au Caramel

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For the Petits Pots de Crème au Caramel:

For the caramel:
90g saster sugar

For the crème:

600ml milk
1 vanilla pod
125g caster sugar
3 eggs
3 egg yolks


1. To make the caramel, put the sugar in a heavy-based saucepan and heat until it dissolves and starts to caramelize – tip the saucepan from side to side as the sugar cooks to keep the colouring even.

2. Remove from the heat and carefully add 2 tablespoons water to stop the cooking process. Pour into six 125ml ramekins (or little pots) and leave to cool.

3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Put the milk and vanilla pod in a saucepan and bring just to the boil.

4. Mix together the sugar, eggs and egg yolks. Strain the boiling mlk over the egg mixture and stir well.

5. Ladle into the ramekins and place in a roasting tin. Pour enough hot water into the tin to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

6. Cook for 35-40 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Remove from the tin and leave for 15 mins.

7. If you use ramekins, unmould onto plates and pour oven any leftover caramel.



  • Mike says:

    Looks yummy and so easy to make, i will definitely give the lovely “Petits Pots de Crème au Caramel” a try soon. Nice one!

  • nina says:

    Spectacular as always!!! I don’t think than I would be able to stop at one of these pots!!!

  • Gertrude says:

    They look really great especially serving it on the little glass pot. Carlos is crazy over cream caramel so I am going to make this for him. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  • lk says:

    My kind of dessert! Simple yet delicious! I luv desserts and like to try making them all by myself (ambitious, huh?). But the prob is who will help me to clear them all esp those “failures”? 😉

  • Margie says:

    Which is more beautiful, the dessert or the photography? Your recipes and your art inspire me.


  • You have mad skills in making desserts! Amazing.

  • noobcook says:

    Your photography is so beautiful as always. You make dessert making look so easy =D

  • Kristin says:


  • tigerfish says:

    Gorgeous and pretty. I need to find a little teaspoon to enjoy this slowly.

  • My Cooking Hut says:

    Yes – you should try!! You will not stop eating!! 🙂

    Thank you! It’s difficult to stop.. every time I make this, I make about 6-7. And I always feel happy after I eat them.

    Not a problem!! I really like to serve this in small clear pot.. I have to admit that I have practised a few times to get the caramel right!

    I think it’s good to be ambitious! I also wish that I could try to make all desserts that look pretty and yummy! I also have the same concern – who to clear the failed attempts!! haha

    Rasa Malaysia,
    Thank you for your compliment! I am still learning 🙂

    Thank you! Well, this dessert is very simple and I believe everyone can do it 🙂

    ehehe.. shall I send you one? 🙂

    Thank you! Yes – little teaspoon is good to indulge in this!! 🙂

  • you’re expert in making dessert!! call you dessert Queen now!! hahaha! I still didn’t have the urge to make any delicasse dessert yet! Now you motivate me:P

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  • My Cooking Hut says:

    I am not an expert!! Still learning.. so much to learn.. that I can’t be crown as queen yet.. LOL!
    This one is real easy and tasty!

  • Completely adorable and I’m sure completely heavenly as well!

  • This looks really good. My attention is always drawn to the simplest of recipes; my biggest kitchen weakness, perhaps.

  • My Cooking Hut says:

    Thanks for your kind words!!

    It’s indeed heavenly!

    Simplest recipes are sometimes the best 🙂

  • flashofbeauty says:

    beautiful,have to try this–where can I find these adorable pots?

  • My Cooking Hut says:

    Thanks for ur kind words! I bought some yogurt in pots from Borough Market in London and reuse them.

  • flashofbeauty says:

    Thank you for sharing info on yogurt pots–great idea to recycle–I love your site!

  • lee says:

    I’m making this today! this looks so delicious ( and simple?)! love the presentation in the clear small pots. Thanks!

  • My Cooking Hut says:

    No problem! Anytime! I am glad you love my site! Keep your comments coming! 🙂

    Thanks for your comments! This is definitely delicious.. it’s one of my fav desserts 🙂

  • Tom says:

    These look awesome. One question, where do you get your small glass pots from?

  • Giselle says:

    May i know where can i buy that glass jar, is it microwavable ? my Location is in singapore. Thanks

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