Bittersweet Chocolate Crémeux
Crémeux (French for “creamy”) is a dense, soft, classic pudding that’s the new darling of many American pastry chefs. Leong gives her super-chocolaty version a salty edge; it’s delightful with fruit, cookies and ice cream, or topped with a dab of whipped cream. Slideshow: Innovative Pudding Recipes
The chocolate crémeux can be tightly wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Leong likes Valrhona Guanaja's balance of bitter and sweet. It's available at specialty food shops and from valrhona-chocolate.com.
Toffee-and-chocolate-scented Madeira: Broadbent 5-Year Reserve.