Lee's Kitchen Hints: To make the chocolate shavings, place a piece of chocolate on a small plate. Run a drinking glass under very hot water. Dry off quickly and set upside down over chocolate on the plate. This will warm the chocolate slightly before using a zester to scrape off a few shavings.
4 large eggs
½ cup granulated sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
12 oz (60 to 70% cacao) bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 t instant espresso powder
2 t vanilla extract
1 T brandy (optional)
Whipped cream, for garnish
Chocolate shavings, for garnish
In a medium saucepan, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt.
Add the cream and half-and-half and whisk to combine.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened.
The temperature should read 180 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer.
Turn off heat and add the chocolate and espresso and stir to combine.
Add vanilla and brandy, if using.
Divide the mixture between 8 ramekins.
Add a dollop of whipped cream and a few chocolate shavings.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.