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.
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 ..........