Panna cotta is an Italian dessert of cream sweetened with sugar and vanilla and thickened with gelatin and molded into the shape of the container it is poured into. Translated literally, panna cotta means cream cooked, but the ingredients are only warmed enough to melt the chocolate and dissolve the gelatin. Indulge in this chocolate dessert that takes only minutes to make, but plan ahead by allowing at least two hours for chilling in the refrigerator.
1 ½ cups of coconut milk or heavy cream
1 ½ teaspoons of unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons of sugar
2/3 cup of chocolate of your choice
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Use the coconut milk instead of the cream for a vegan treat!
Pour the coconut milk or cream into a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over the top and let stand for about 10 minutes.
Add sugar and chocolate and heat on medium-low heat, until chocolate melts and gelatin dissolves.
Place a mesh strainer over the large bowl and strain the chocolate mixture into the bowl.
Divide chocolate mixture into six 1/3 cup molds or ramekins or other small containers. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours.
Serve panna cotta with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
This recipe serves 6.
Prep time about 15 minutes.
Chill time 2 hours.
Recipe inspired by a recipe found in “Sift Holiday 2017″ magazine”.
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