Decadent Chocolate and Coffee Custard Recipe

Greetings coffee and chocolate lovers! If you’re looking for the perfect indulgence that combines the bold flavors of coffee and rich decadence of chocolate, then this recipe for a creamy coffee chocolate custard is exactly what you need. It’s an easy-to-make dessert recipe that will leave your guests swooning over the creamy smooth texture of the custard.

What sets this recipe apart is how it brings together three types of custard – baked custard, stirred custards, and creamy custard – into one deliciously unique flavor profile. The coffee filling is encased within a decadent chocolate pastry crust garnished with whipped cream for an added touch of indulgence.

This isn’t just any ordinary dessert – it’s a coffee chocolate explosion that will have your taste buds dancing with joy. So take out your aprons and get ready to bake away as you transform simple ingredients like brown sugar, homogenized milk, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso into a mouth-watering coffee custard pie.

Trust me, once you try this rich and creamy coffee chocolate custard, it’ll become your go-to dessert recipe for all occasions.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Chocolate and Coffee Custard
Chocolate and Coffee Custard

Are you a fan of desserts that are rich, creamy and indulgent? Then you’ll absolutely love this chocolate and coffee custard recipe! This dessert is the perfect combination of bittersweet chocolate and espresso coffee, resulting in a heavenly mocha flavor that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

What makes this recipe stand out is its versatility. You can enjoy it as a custard pie or baked custard, and there are endless possibilities for variations and substitutions. Not a fan of coffee? You can swap out the espresso for cocoa powder or use coconut milk instead of homogenized milk to create a creamy coconut custard. The possibilities are truly endless.

But what truly sets this recipe apart is its creamy smooth texture that will melt in your mouth with every bite. The filling is encased within a decadent chocolate pastry crust, garnished with a dollop of whipped cream and cocoa powder. The result is an aesthetically pleasing dessert that looks as good as it tastes.

Lastly, this recipe is perfect for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a dinner party or looking for a sweet treat to indulge in at home. So why not try out this delicious chocolate and coffee custard today and experience the ultimate indulgence in every bite? Trust us, you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings in one spoonful with this chocolate and coffee custard!
Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings in one spoonful with this chocolate and coffee custard!

Ingredient List

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this delicious chocolate and coffee custard:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups homogenized milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon espresso coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Frangelico(optional)
  • 200 g (6 oz) bittersweet chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids, chopped into small pieces.
  • For the crust garnish whipped cream or cocoa powder.

You can also use Dutch-process cocoa if you prefer a richer chocolate flavor. All these ingredients can be easily found at any grocery store.

The Recipe How-To

Ingredient List

To make this delicious coffee chocolate custard recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of homogenized milk (2% milk fat)
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon of espresso coffee
  • 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces with a minimum of 60% cocoa solids
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

The Recipe How-To

Before starting with the recipe, let’s make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. This will ensure a creamy and smooth custard.

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.
  2. Start by combining the milk, cream, and espresso coffee in a saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium-high heat until it reaches a gentle boil.
  3. While the milk mixture is heating up, whisk the egg yolks, white sugar, brown sugar, and salt together until well combined in a separate bowl.
  4. Add the chopped chocolate to the hot milk mixture and mix well until it’s fully melted and combined.
  5. Slowly pour the warm chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture while whisking continuously.
  6. Once both mixtures have been combined, strain them together through a fine-mesh strainer in order to get rid of any lumps or clumps.
  7. Pour the resulting mixture into ramekins or shallow tart dishes.
  8. Then place these ramekins onto a baking dish that’s filled halfway up with hot water.
  9. Bake the custard for approximately 30 minutes or until set (you can check that by inserting a toothpick into the center of each custard). The center should be set but still slightly jiggly.
  10. Remove the ramekins from the baking dish and let them cool down to room temperature.
  11. Once cooled, wrap these ramekins with plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours, or preferably overnight.

Substitutions and Variations

If you want to make a mocha custard instead of a coffee chocolate custard, swap out the espresso coffee for Frangelico or another liqueur of your choice.

You can also decorate your custard after it has been chilled. Sprinkle some cocoa powder onto the top of each custard, or top them with some whipped cream and grated chocolate.

Serving and Pairing

Once your coffee chocolate custard is chilled and ready to serve, you can enjoy it on its own or with some pastry crust garnish. If you are feeling adventurous, you might even want to try a serving suggestion of this recipe where you will enclose the creamy smooth coffee filling within decadent chocolate trifle layers.


Substitutions and Variations

 Dive into a world of creamy and smooth chocolate and coffee flavors with every bite.
Dive into a world of creamy and smooth chocolate and coffee flavors with every bite.

Are you looking to switch up your coffee custard game? Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Milk: Instead of using homogenized milk, you can use other types of milk like skim or almond milk for a healthier twist.

– Chocolate: Don’t have bittersweet chocolate? No worries! You can substitute it with dark chocolate or even cocoa powder. Just make sure to adjust the sugar content accordingly.

– Sugar: Brown sugar and white sugar can be interchangeable in this recipe. You can also use honey or maple syrup for a natural sweetener option.

– Espresso: Want to up the coffee flavor? Swap out some of the milk with a shot of espresso or strong brewed coffee.

– Flavors: Get creative with your flavors! Add a splash of Frangelico or Bailey’s Irish Cream for a boozy kick. Or, sprinkle in some cinnamon or nutmeg for a tasty twist on the classic coffee-chocolate combo.

– Crust: Instead of using a chocolate pastry crust, try a graham cracker or vanilla wafer crust for a different texture.

Remember, substitutions and variations are all about experimenting and finding what works best for you. So don’t be afraid to get creative and customize this coffee custard recipe to your liking.

Serving and Pairing

When it comes to serving and pairing this coffee chocolate custard, there are endless possibilities. The custard is highly versatile and pairs equally well with a range of flavors.

For those who love salty-sweet desserts, sprinkle a pinch of salt over the custard before serving for an added dimension of flavor. A dollop of whipped cream can also add a lightness and airiness to the rich dessert. Alternatively, for an ultimate indulgence, pair the custard with a chocolate pastry crust garnished with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

If you are looking for a complementing beverage to round out your meal, bold coffee or espresso would be perfect. A freshly brewed cup of espresso or turkish coffee will complement the flavors of the custard dessert perfectly. You could also try pairing it with frangelico or any chocolate cream liqueur if you’re feeling extra decadent.

For an exotic twist, you could experiment by serving Dutch, Indonesian or even Turkish coffee pudding beside the creamy custard dessert. The nutty aromas and intense, rich flavors of the pudding will complement the creamy smoothness of the custard perfectly.

Another option is to serve it as part of a larger spread; this chocolate and coffee delicacy goes well with many other desserts such as tarts, pies, and doughnuts. The creamy coffee chocolate filling encased within decadent chocolate pastry serves as an ideal center for any trifle or one-layered tart.

Overall, there are no wrong pairings when it comes to serving coffee custard pie. Trust your taste instincts and let yourself indulge in this creamy mocha delicacy paired with your favorite complementary flavors.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This delicious custard is a delightful twist on your regular cup of coffee.
This delicious custard is a delightful twist on your regular cup of coffee.

I know many of you want to plan ahead and have your desserts ready in advance. The good news is that this creamy Coffee Chocolate Custard can be made ahead of time and stored for several days in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap. This recipe is perfect for those times when you have company coming over and don’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen.

To reheat the custard, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. You can either microwave it or place it back in a water bath and warm it up slowly to avoid curdling.

You should never freeze custard, as it won’t reheat well and will lose its creamy texture. However, if you do have leftovers, you could turn them into an indulgent coffee trifle or use them as a filling for a chocolate cake.

To make things even easier, you can prepare the pastry crust up to three days in advance, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and store it in the fridge until you need it. Alternatively, if you don’t have time to bake an entire custard pie, you can portion out the custard into small ramekins or custard pots for an elegant yet simple dessert.

Overall, this decadent Coffee Chocolate Custard is not only delicious but is also incredibly versatile and perfect for making ahead. So next time you want to impress your guests with a rich and creamy coffee dessert, give this recipe a try!

Tips for Perfect Results

When baking a custard, it’s important to keep a few things in mind to ensure perfect results. Here are some tips for making the best Coffee Chocolate Custard:

1. Use high-quality ingredients: For rich and flavorful custard, use high-quality chocolate, espresso coffee and vanilla extract. Also, use fresh eggs, whole milk or homogenized milk and heavy cream that has at least 30% butterfat.

2. Mix the ingredients well: A well-mixed custard will be creamy and smooth. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture turns pale yellow, then slowly pour in the hot milk mixture while whisking continuously.

3. Strain the custard: After whisking all ingredients together, strain your custard through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any lumps or impurities. This will ensure a creamy texture in your final dish.

4. Bake at low temperature: Bake the custard at a low temperature of 325°F (160°C) to avoid curdling, cracking or forming air pockets on the surface.

5. Check for doneness: The custard is done when it is set around the edges but still slightly jiggly in the center. You can check by gently shaking the baking pan; if the center wobbles slightly, it’s ready to be removed from the oven.

6. Cool before serving: Allow the coffee chocolate custards to cool completely before serving or chilling them in the refrigerator for two hours before serving them.

By following these tips, you’ll be sure to create a decadent and creamy coffee chocolate custard dessert that will impress your guests!


Now that you have all the information you need to make a delicious chocolate and coffee custard, you may still have some questions. In this section, I’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about this recipe for your convenience. Read on to find answers to some common concerns or uncertainties you may have about making coffee chocolate custard.

What are the two 2 types of custard?

Custard can be prepared in baked, stirred, and steamed forms, with the former two being quite popular in Western cuisine. Baked custard is usually made with whole eggs and has a firmer texture, whereas stirred custards, which may contain only yolks, are often more liquid.

What is the secret to good custard?

Making a stirred custard requires a large saucepan and a watchful eye. It’s important to keep the heat at medium-low and to stir the custard constantly using a wooden spoon. This helps create a thick, creamy consistency and prevents the custard from curdling. Just keep stirring until the mixture coats the back of the spoon and you’ll have a perfect stirred custard every time.

What makes custard so creamy?

To obtain the creamy texture of custard, a certain ingredient cannot be overlooked: egg yolks. Unlike ice cream, which doesn’t require this component, custard must contain at least 1.4% pasteurized egg yolk, making it distinct from other desserts.

What are the three types of baked custard?

When it comes to custard, there are three different types to take note of: baked, stirred, and frozen. Baked custards, which include popular desserts like flan, cheesecake, and bread pudding, require baking in an oven or water bath. Meanwhile, boiled custards are often served as beverages, with eggnog being a common example. Lastly, there are stirred custards, which include puddings, creme anglaise, and pastry cream.

What is chocolate custard made of?

Creating chocolate custard can be a daunting task as it involves various intricate techniques, such as tempering egg yolks and avoiding curdling. To simplify the process, I prefer to utilize pre-made custard powder along with milk, sugar, and chocolate to achieve the same results.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the chocolate and coffee custard recipe is an indulgent and decadent dessert that is sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth. With its creamy texture and rich flavor, it’s perfect for any occasion or as a special treat just for yourself.

By following the step-by-step instructions and using the ingredient list, you can create a delicious custard that will have your guests asking for more. The best part is that this recipe is versatile, allowing you to experiment with different variations and substitutions to make it your own.

So, what are you waiting for? Try out this coffee chocolate custard recipe today and let your taste buds dance in delight. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and promises great results.

Remember, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes with making something from scratch and seeing the joy on other people’s faces as they take their first bite. So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds will thank you!

Chocolate and Coffee Custard

Chocolate and Coffee Custard Recipe

My dh loves this simple treat. I hope that you will also. It's quick and easy to make and is sweet, rich and decadent.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 335.2 kcal


  • 1 cup dark strong coffee
  • 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate, grated
  • 1 cup homogenized milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, large
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Combine and scald all ingredients except for the eggs.
  • Slowly pour the mixture over the beaten eggs.
  • Beat until well blended.
  • To bake the custard, pour the batter into a baking dish or individual molds.
  • Place them in a pan of hot water in a moderate oven at 325° for 45 minutes or until custard is set.
  • To test, the custard, insert a knife or spoon. If the custard doesn't stick, it is ready.
  • Serve chilled with whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar and ground nuts.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 178gCalories: 335.2kcalCarbohydrates: 38.9gProtein: 14.7gFat: 13.5gSaturated Fat: 5.3gCholesterol: 423.9mgSodium: 311.9mgSugar: 39.4g
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