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Chocolate pecan ice cream balls with salted caramel sauce.
Prepare a rimmed cookie sheet by lining it with a sheet of wax paper. With a small 1 1/4″ cookie scoop, spoon out the chocolate ice cream into balls and roll in the nuts. Place on the prepared cookie sheet. Work quickly so the ice cream doesn’t start to melt. Make as many balls as you prefer, serving 4-5 balls per person. Place the tray in the freezer until ready to use.
To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat then stir in the brown sugar until incorporated. Slowly stir in the cream. Bring the sauce up to a boil and let it boil for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove it from heat and stir in the vanilla and the salt. Set it aside and let it cool. Pour it into a jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Yikes is this good!!
Caramel sauce adapted from The Best of Bridge, “The Rest of the The Best and more”.
The ‘pots’ for pots de crème au chocolat are not a requirement for making this dark chocolate cream. The dessert may very well be made in ramekins and it will taste every bit as good.
In taste and texture the baked cream resembles a dark chocolate truffle which is why a small ‘pot’ goes a long way. However the special charm of the dessert is in the tubby little lidded ceramic ‘pots’ in which it traditionally is baked.
I chose to use semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate, so that the chocolate flavor would really punch through. This provided the perfect balance of chocolate to make the whole frosting completely “milk chocolate” in flavor.
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