September is our Independence month, and throughout the month we like to post Guatemalan recipes every year. We either post traditional dishes, or we add our own twist to recipes using Guatemalan ingredients. This year, we bring you these pots de créme, which is basically pudding with a fancy name. They are made with the basic milk and egg yolk mixture but the twist lies in the chocolate, we used artisan Guatemalan chocolate and a little coffee, as well as semi-sweet chocolate. You could also add a pinch of cayenne pepper to give it a little spice, we love to combine chocolate with this spicy ingredient.
Artisan chocolate is used to make hot chocolate beverage and it has a particular and very different taste compared to regular drinking chocolate or cocoa. It comes in handmade tablets that contain sugar and sometimes cinnamon, they are hard and dry and have a grainy texture. It completely dissolves in hot liquid, either milk or water, and its flavor is rich and earthy. Our international readers can probably find this chocolate in Latin food stores.
For the topping on this dessert, we took regular whipped cream to another level by adding Zacapa rum to it. Guatemalan’s don’t need an introduction to this rum, and a lot of you have probably already heard about it because it is famous for its quality, some say it is the best rum in the World. We agree.
You can certainly flavor your whipped cream with any other brand of dark rum, or type of liquor. An orange, or hazelnut liquor would work nicely.
Helga & Kitty