Chocolate Custard

1 pk (6 ounces) semisweet Chocolate pieces 3 eggs 1 ts Vanilla extract 3 tb Half-and half 1/3 c Sugar 3 c Milk 1/4 ts Salt

Melt 2/3 CUP chocolate pieces with half-and half in top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Stir until smooth: spoon about 1 tablespoon into each of 8 custard cups or 10 souffl� dishes. Spread evenly. Put cups into a shallow pan; set aside. Scald milk. Melt remaining 1/3 cup chocolate pieces and, adding gradually, stir in scalded milk until blended. Beat together eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt. Gradually add milk mixture, stirring constantly. Pour into chocolate-lined cups. Set pan with filled cups on oven rack and pour boiling water into pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake uncovered, at 325F 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Set cups on wire rack to cool slightly. Refrigerate and serve when thoroughly cooled. Unmold and, if desired, garnish with whipped cream rosettes.


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