Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta ~ Baking Chez Moi

Per Nana
The first time I tasted a panna cotta was in July, 2015 when we made 
the vanilla mango version for this blog. I'm not fond of mango at all 
so I made two plain ones for myself, but Jim enjoyed the original recipe. 
But this week's panna cotta rendition, made with unsweetened
 cocoa and bittersweet chocolate is so delicious !  
My first taste made me think of chocolate mousse but as I continued 
eating it I realized that the gelatin really gave it a much thicker texture.
  I added a dollop of whipped cream but it really wasn't necessary. 
I think Dorie's idea of serving it with a cookie would be better. 
Per Tricia
I made the panna cotta this evening as the Tuesday deadline loomed. 
The weather has finally been wintery and we have gone from snow to more 
snow. As a result I have started way too many of those "save it for bad 
weather" projects (and finished too few). The "storm before the calm" scenario. 
I decided I would only knock out this week's recipe, prioritizing my projects 
instead, if I had all the ingredients on hand and no special trip to the 
store was needed. As it turned out, I had it all. Lucky for us :)
heavy, wet snow falling outside our front door as we waited for the panna cotta to set......
 The most unusual ingredient for this rich and company worthy 
dessert was a box of unflavored gelatin.  Chocolate, cream, sugar, 
unsweetened chocolate, milk - all present and accounted for.  
Average ingredients with minimal effort and above average results.  
While we typically enjoy "hot" hot chocolate as we watch the snow fall, 
this chilled hot chocolate panna cotta was a lovely change. And provided
 some wonderful inspiration and energy for getting back to those other projects.
 Tomorrow, that is ..........

15 comments:

  1. They both look great. I love your Duralex glass. It is the milk glass of my youth and when I met my DH he also had one as a kid in France. We now have them in our house so the story continues. There is a number at the bottom of the glass and the kids try to get the highest number at dinner :0)

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  2. I can't wait to try these! They look delicious!
    That snow looks amazing. I can't imagine that much snow!
    I am counting down the days until summer is over.

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  3. Looks delicious, ladies.
    You are certainly more snow bound than we are (we are 30+ inches behind on snow) - we had three inches yesterday and that doubled our snowfall for the season :-)

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  4. I can't wait to try this recipe. Both of yours look delicious. I thought I might skip the whipped cream, but I have to say it looks very appealing!

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  5. Both of your panna cottas look great! The whipped cream topping give them both a wintry (and delicious) look.

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  6. They both look quite good. I have everything to make this for company Friday! I'm looking forward to the new blog look ladies.

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  7. I agree I thought this panna cotta was mousse-like. We enjoyed this one also and would make it again.

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  8. Both your desserts look lovely topped with the whipped cream.

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  9. Two gorgeous looking panna cottas there ladies. Nana, I am glad that Dorie found you a flavour that you enjoyed. Tricia, I cannot get over that snow! It's very pretty, but I bet it's cold ...

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  10. Two gorgeous looking panna cottas there ladies. Nana, I am glad that Dorie found you a flavour that you enjoyed. Tricia, I cannot get over that snow! It's very pretty, but I bet it's cold ...

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  11. Both look like they turned out great…I am partial to the one with the added chocolate chips…can't ever have too much chocolate :)

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  12. Yum, yum, yum! Great job on both! I especially love the presentation from Tricia!

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  13. I finally caught up on this one on the blog. It's wonderful and I can see revisiting it this summer when true hot chocolate would be most unwelcome. Both your versions look wonderful and Tricia, your food styling rivals Kathy's!

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