Your ‘fridge does the all work creating this dreamy chocolate panna cotta. Panna cotta, meaning “cooked cream” in Italian, is a perfect make-ahead dessert that will leave your guests in awe. Don’t forget the very important step of straining the liquid before plating. That will ensure a silky smooth cream. To read more about this dessert click this link: Romantic Dinner at Home.
Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe, this decadent dessert takes only a few minutes to put together and sets up in your ‘fridge. Top it with raspberries or even a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Its a stunning way to end your evening.
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin, 1/2 package
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 8 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon Frangelico liquor
- Fresh raspberries, garnish
- Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)
- Place 4 fancy wine glass or 8-ounce ramekins on a 9″ x 9″ baking pan; set aside.
- Pour the milk in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the milk, and let soften for 5 minutes.
- Combine cream and sugar in a medium saucepan. Place over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add gelatin mixture, whisking to combine. Remove from heat, and stir in chocolate and liquor. Whisk until thoroughly combined and smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Pour through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup. Divide mixture evenly between glass or ramekins and chill until set; at least 4 hours or overnight.
- To serve, top with whipped cream and/or raspberries.
If you decide to also make whipped cream purchase the 16 oz container of heavy cream at the store. Use half for this dessert and the other half whip with a teaspoon of sugar. Fresh whipped cream can be made in less than 5 minutes. Store in airtight container.