If you’re entertaining this holiday season, the last thing you want is some fussy, complicated dessert. At the same time, you want something that will impress your guests; something that will seem like it took you more time than it really did.
These white chocolate peppermint pots de créme are just the thing, luxurious and creamy, with a white-chocolate custard base and festive notes of peppermint. Add some freshly whipped cream on top and you’re ready to party.
Traditionally, pots de créme are baked in a “bain-marie,” or water bath. I prefer to skip that step, using gelatin to set the custards instead. So technically, they are not true pots de créme (the purists here will have to forgive me), but once you see how easy and delicious they are you’ll forget all about that technicality.
The KitchenAid® 5-Speed Diamond Blender makes this dessert a breeze: quickly melting and liquifying the custard mixture with the white chocolate into a silky smooth cream. Then simply pour into serving vessels and chill until set. No baking, no messy water bath, no fuss.
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White Chocolate Peppermint Pots de Creme
Avoiding the oven and using a blender to whip up a decadent dessert with a fraction of the effort. Lightly sweetened with white chocolate and with a subtle hint of peppermint, this easy pots de crème recipe is sure to become a fast favorite.
- 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
- 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 4 large egg yolks
- 6 ounces (1 cup) good quality white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate*
- 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- fresh whipped cream, for topping
- Sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons of cold water in a small dish. Let sit for 5 minutes to soften.
- In a saucepan, heat cream over medium heat until it starts to steam, stirring occasionally. Do not let it boil.
- In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks. Using a large spoon or ladle, slowly drizzle about 1/3 of the warm cream into the egg yolks, whisking vigorously the entire time. The goal is to incorporate the hot cream gradually so the egg yolks are tempered rather than cooked. When about 1/3 of the cream has been incorporated and the mixture is warm to the touch, pour mixture back into saucepan with the rest of the cream. Stir over medium-low heat, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan as you go, for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. It should measure approximately 170 to 175ºF.
- Place white chocolate chips in the canister of a blender. Pulse two or three times to break chips into fine pieces. Pour hot cream mixture over top of chips and let sit for 30 seconds. Blend on medium-low speed until white chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides and corners of the blender as necessary. Add softened gelatin and peppermint extract and blend for 2 to 3 seconds more to incorporate.
- Divide evenly among ramekins or jars and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, top with freshly whipped cream, if desired.
* When purchasing white chocolate, the higher quality, the better. Cocoa butter should be listed as one of the first ingredients. If you see no cocoa butter at all (as is the case with most name-brand white baking chips, unfortunately) move on to another brand.
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Bourbon whipped cream in a blender!!
The first thing I’d make is a batch of margaritas with fresh cranberries. Perfect for the season. Cheers!
In my house, the first thing blended would probably one of my boyfriend’s favorite smoothies.
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Butternut squash & rosemary soup!
Charcoal is gorgeous…I would make some butternut squash soup…
I would love to make the gazpacho soup that my father loves.
I would love to knead bread in it for my husband,
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It’s not really unconventional.. but I would make soups first! Perfect for wintertime.
I would definitely try making my own peanut butter! Yumm..
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I would make lots and lots of soups!
I would make pumpkin butter for the season.
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A green super smoothie packed with kale and spinach for sure!
Unconventional? Me never, I’m a picky eater just the thought makes me think I need to blend up a margarita
I would make these, except I’d do half a batch with white chocolate and half a batch with dark chocolate and layer them together like peppermint bark. Mmm. Now I’m hungry. Thanks for the chance to win!
Probably some sort of soup :)
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I like to make hummus! Thank you very much!
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I’d make a nice drink for myself first.
I’d whip up a batch of my family’s smoked gouda and broccoli soup! It always tastes better when it’s blended smooth. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
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I would make smoothies!
My friend made homemade butter from heavy cream in her blender that was absolutely delicious!
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i’d make myself a green smoothie! i’ve been dying for one and can’t find them anywhere here in germany!
I would make pie shakes. Sweet potato pie shakes are the best.
Beautiful photos as always and this dessert sounds like a must for holiday entertaining! I’d make a sweet potato soup in this blender!
Orrrr I could make these “blender cupcakes” I saw recently.
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I’d make these chocolate almond milk pots de creme I’ve been dying to make!
I would try this recipe, it looks amazing and I also love to try different smoothie recipes
I”d whip up some delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothies! :)
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I would love to try the pots de creme in a new silver blender. That looks wonderful!
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Heck, I’d do THIS recipe first, it sounds great!
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I could make so many lovely smoothies in that.
Can this handle a green smoothie? My current blender can pulverize greens, but not really blend them. I’d like to make a decent green smoothie.
I think I’d try out different shakes/smoothies.
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I’d make some soup! For sure!
I would make my liquid pumpkin pie soup (squash soup with a pumpkin pie topping) I use my immersion blender but it does not make it as sliky smooth as a good blender would.
maybe a parmesan pots de creme and some homemade crackers to scoop!
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Something with avocado and chocolate!
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I would love to make some nut butters with herb combinations that you can’t find in the stores.
My mom makes a fantastic (Chinese) turnip/daikon cake with her blender. I’d try it out with the KitchenAid!
I’m thinking I’d try out some different breakfast smoothie recipes
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I’d blend up a spinach smoothie w/ chia seeds — lots of fruits and veg! Trying to keep the sweets to a minimum until Christmas Eve.
I’d make myself a Christmas Smoothie!
Maybe some banana, orange zest, cinnamon, dates and almond milk!
That combination sounds delicious~~~that’s what I’d make too!
I would make my favorite banana-kale-pineapple smoothie.
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I’d try to make butter from cream!
I would for sure make some kind of soup
I’d make a peanut butter, maple syrup, banana smoothie!
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I would probably make a green smoothie!
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What a great giveaway! I’ve been wanting to blend some coconut butter with espresso powder – so that will be my first concoction!
I’d blend up peanut butter spiked with bourbon, white chocolate, and vanilla!
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my dad is greek and makes the best stuffed tomatoes. he has only a tiny blender so spends truly an hour blending the tomato juice in batches, and covering the kitchen in the process. so while it is not so unconventional to blend tomato juice, i cannot imagine a better gift for him!
Sadly, not eligible for the competition as I live in London. Looks utterly delicious, though. I love the little pots that you serve the creme in – may I ask where they are from?
Hi Skye! They are actually Weck Jars. Lovely little multi-purpose things. :)
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Do I have to get it dirty? Can’t I just sit and stair at it for a minute?
maybe not be an unconventional concoction for you but I’d like to try hummus. It never seems to work when I try it.
Wait, I have a copycat recipe for Chili’s Queso and it recommends using a blender to get the texture right. That’s what I’ll do first. Or maybe cranberry salsa.
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i’ve heard you can whip cream with a blender and i’d like to see if that’s actually the truth.