Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 17th December 2010

I am a huge fan of easy to make desserts especially desserts that are as flavourful and decadent as this Butterscotch Pots de Crème with Hazelnut Praline.

A photo of a Butterscotch Pots de Crème with Hazelnut Praline dessert.

Plus I have ulterior motives for making this Pots de Crème; the recipe requires a lot of egg yolks, and, well, I need the egg whites. I am about to face my fears (finally!) and attempt the coveted French Macaron. Wish me luck!  From all I’ve read I will need all the well wishes I can get and more. Helpful hints and tips would be most appreciated!

A photo of pieces of Hazelnut Praline.

Motives aside this dessert really is extremely easy to make. In fact, I made the pots de crème while chatting on the phone with a friend.  The only thing that can be a little tricky is making the caramel.  If you haven’t yet made homemade caramel or if you’ve had difficulties with it in the past, you should read the David Lebovitz post where he shares 10 Tips For Making Caramel.

A photo of Pots de Crème with Hazelnut Praline desserts placed in a row on Christmas tissue paper.

I was hoping to use Muscovado sugar in this recipe but after an exhaustive search and empty shelves (don’t you hate that!) I came up empty handed. If it weren’t so elusive, I would have used the Muscovado in place of the dark brown sugar. The Muscovado will give the custard a deeper flavour especially when used in combination with the Demerara sugar.

A photo of two Pots de Crème desserts with Hazelnut Praline in blue bowls.

The custard is exceptionally creamy and oozes with an extraordinary butterscotch flavour.

A photo of Butterscotch Pots de Crème with Hazelnut Praline desserts.

I fancy a contrast in texture and I always appreciate another flavour element, a last tease if you will.  The Hazelnut Praline does just that. Something so simple to make takes this baked custard to a whole new level.

A photo taken looking down on 2 Butterscotch Pots de Crème desserts garnished with Hazelnut Praline crunch.

Be it Butterscotch Pots de Crème, White Chocolate Pots de Crème, Caramel Pots de Crème or Baileys Pots de Crème, this easy and versatile dessert has become a much loved treat!

A photo of Butterscotch Pots de Crème garnished with Hazel Praline crunch.

A photo of Hazelnut Praline on a piece of non-stick baking paper.

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Comments (22)

22 Responses to “Butterscotch Pots de Crème with Hazelnut Praline”

  1. fooddreamer Says:

    Ooo, good luck with the macarons! But even if they don’t work out, you rock because these pots de creme look amazing.

  2. Evan Thomas Says:

    Great recipe! It’s so refreshing to see something with butterscotch flavor that doesn’t involve butterscotch chips or flavored pudding.

  3. Lizzy Says:

    Just lovely…and I love the addition of a crunchy garnish.

  4. Grace Says:

    Thanks! I am actually quite terrified to attempt the macarons. I am planning to get myself into a nice relaxing zone before attempting, going down my tip list and rechecking it twice.

  5. eatgreek.net Says:

    excellent photos!!!! :-)

  6. Annie Says:

    Those look so yummy and your pictures are just beautiful! Have a great weekend!

  7. Grace Says:

    Thanks Annie – Have yourself a great weekend too.

  8. Steph@stephsbitebybite Says:

    I love all of your photos! They look amazing! And now I’m totally craving one of these deliscious looking pots.

  9. Kathleen Says:

    I LOVE your blog! Just saw it on reddit. Everything you make looks and sounds deliciously fabulous!!!

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  11. Amanda Says:

    These look and sound amazing. Love your little blue dishes!

  12. Grace Says:

    Thanks Kathleen

  13. Marly Says:

    I don’t know if any of that hazelnut praline would make it as a dessert topper in this house. I’d probably eat it all first! Another great post!

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  15. Grégoire Says:

    Hi !

    Just have a look here : http://lateliersaveursdejulie.over-blog.com/

    I think it’s not very cool so I’ve informed you about that “copycat” of your recipe…

    Take care !

  16. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much for the heads up. I must say I was very disappointed because it appears the blog owner has taken not only of of my posts about I think close to 10 posts with many, many images. I have reached out to the blogger but unfortunately have not received a reply. I have a sneaking suspicion most of their content is from fellow bloggers in the community. I really appreciate you taking the time to inform me. All the very best to you!

  17. Wendy Says:

    Made these last night Very happy customers-Thank you!I could not get Dark brown sugar and used normal brown sugar- Still Amazing!

  18. Grace Says:

    Wendy these are addicting aren’t they? My daughter’s favourite, very happy you enjoyed!

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  20. cheryl s. Says:

    Hi Grace,
    I’m not ashamed to say that I’m happily addicted to your site.
    I’m intending to make the yummy looking Butterscotch Pots de Creme and serving along side, those tantalizing Crema Frita alla Veneziana. They look irresistible! However, I fell even more in love with those Robin’s Blue little bowls you photographed the Pots de Creme in.
    If they are still available in stores, I would love to get myself a set of them as that particular color blue is a favorite of mine.
    Would you mind terribly, revealing where you purchased these bowls?
    I’d really appreciate it.

  21. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Thank you so much Cheryl, I needed a pick me up today! I purchased the bowls at Anthropologie in the US but they’re available online too – http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-tabletop-dinnerware/073357.jsp

  22. cheryl s. Says:

    Hooray!!! There’s an Antropolgie five minutes from my house!
    Thank you so much for your quick reply Grace.
    This will make eating presenting these little
    Pots de Creme that much sweeter.

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