For Your Valentine: Simple Chocolate Custard

Chocolate Custard

Valentine’s Day approaches, and I’m always reminded of the time, 8 years ago, when my husband and I hopped on a plane, and eloped.  And how, every day since that day, I’ve fallen more and more in love with him.  I can’t help it.

I try to make the day special – as I’ve a soft spot for all holidays.  Now that our little boy is older, we make it inclusive – a celebration of love and kindness, with special things to eat.  I plan to order oysters from our favorite supplier, which is always a favorite around here, and I plan to make this Simple Chocolate Custard.

Despite all the sweet things and treats I post to Nourished Kitchen, we rarely indulge in sweets except for special occasions.  Instead, we rely on the bounty of sweets nature provides: strawberries in spring, plums in summer, pears in autumn, and oranges in winter.  Nevertheless, occasionally, we want for something richer – something decadent.

Making Chocolate Custards

My little boy wanted chocolate pudding, and I spent a fair amount of time scouring the web for a chocolate pudding made without cornstarch, as I’m not much of a fan of that chalky powder.  Sure, arrowroot might work and usually does make a fine substitute for cornstarch, but when put into pudding – at least my puddings – it ends up thick, viscous and slimy.

Instead, I settled on custard.  Following my model for Honey Custard, I settled on this version for a Simple Chocolate Custard that relies on only a handful of ingredients: cream and eggs, unrefined cane sugar, dark chocolate and vanilla bean powder.  You throw it together in a double boiler over simmering water, stir it well, and then you have a deliciously rich chocolate custard.

Simple Chocolate Custard

Simple Chocolate Custard


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (find it here)
  • 1/4 cup whole, unrefined cane sugar (find it here)
  • 1/4 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 ounces 85% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped (find it here)
  • whipped cream, to serve


  1. Set your double boiler (find one here) atop a saucepan half-ful of simmering water. Pour in the cream and warm it for 3 or 4 minutes, then whisk in the vanilla bean powder, sugar and salt. Continue whisking until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Spoon a bit of hot cream into the egg yolks to temper them, then pour the eggs into the double boiler, stirring continuously for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped chocolate and continue stirring until it melts, combining with the cream and eggs and thickening enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Spoon the custard into individual ramekins, cover with plastic wrap to prevent it from forming a skin, and refrigerate it or serve it right away with whipped cream.