Decadent Chocolate Panna Cotta: Seasonal Chef Recipe


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.

Decadent Chocolate Panna Cotta: Seasonal Chef Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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)


  1. Place 4 fancy wine glass or 8-ounce ramekins on a 9" x 9" baking pan; set aside.
  2. Pour the milk in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the milk, and let soften for 5 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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