Milk Chocolate Crémeux with Sesame Crème Anglaise

“My favorite thing growing up was peanut butter on a spoon. Sesame is similar but more refined. And nut-free,” says Shawn Gawle. This silky pudding-like milk chocolate dessert is laced with bourbon, then topped with a simple sesame-custard sauce.


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  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 12 ounces best-quality milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
sesame crème anglaise
  • 2/3 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Toasted black sesame seeds, finely grated lime zest and fleur de sel, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. make the crémeux

    In a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add both chocolates and let stand until melted, about 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until smooth, then stir in the bourbon. Pour the <em>cr&#233;meux </em>into 8 glasses. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour.

  2. make the sesame crème anglaise

    In a medium saucepan, toast the sesame seeds over moderate heat, shaking the pan, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add the milk, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.

  3. make the sesame crème anglaise

    Set a heatproof bowl in a bowl of ice water. Transfer the sesame milk to a blender and pulse several times, until the seeds are chopped but not ground. Rinse out the saucepan and strain the milk into it, pressing hard on the solids to extract as much milk as possible. Return the milk to a simmer.

  4. make the sesame crème anglaise

    In a medium bowl, whisk the yolks with the sugar until pale. Whisk in 1/2 cup of the hot milk, then whisk the mixture into the saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour the cr&#232;me anglaise into the bowl set over ice water and let cool completely, stirring occasionally.

  5. make the sesame crème anglaise

    To serve, gently pour the chilled cr&#232;me anglaise over the <em>cr&#233;meux.</em> Sprinkle with black sesame seeds, lime zest and fleur de sel. Serve right away.

Make Ahead

The crème anglaise and crémeux can be refrigerated separately for up to 3 days.

Photo © Jonny Valiant Published May 2012

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