Chocolate Panna Cotta: White or Black…

I know, I know… Chocolate again.

Well yes.. since this is all the desserts my family will eat, this is what I am fixing.

Unlike most chocolate desserts, this dessert is very light. It is so light and so airy that your guests will welcome this dessert at the end of a heavy meal.  It is a “mix” between a  pudding and a mousse. It is a very very easy dessert that will only take you 5 minutes to make.

Panna Cotta actually means in Italian ” cooked cream”. It is an Italian dessert made by simmering together cream, sugar, and gelatin, and letting it cool until set. This dessert is said to have been invented in the Northern Part of Italy called the Piedmonte. But today you will find it everywhere in Italy. The most common Panna Cotta is flavored with vanilla, and served with fresh fruits.

Ingredients: 1 enveloppe of gelatin, 2 cups of heavy cream, 3 oz of white chocolate or bittersweet chocolate ( whichever flavor you wanted), 1 cup of fat-free sweetended condensed milk, 2 tsp of vanilla extract, fresh raspberries.

Materials: use a fun flexipan tray. I used the party tray for the bittersweet panna cotta, and the charlotte for the white chocolate panna cotta, a small saucepan, the demarle saucepan, the measuring cups and spoons.

Empty the content of the gelatin envelope, and add 2 tbsp of water. Let it stand of 1-2 minutes until the getain has dissolves. Add this gelatin in 1 cup of heavy cream and bring to boil. Make sure to stir so that the gelatin will melt. Add the chocolate, and mix well. Then add the other cup of heavy cream and the cup of sweetened condensed milk. Mix well. Pour in 6 oz cups in the openings of the differents trays mentionned above. Place in the fridge for 3-5 hours until it sets. If you plan on unmolding them, you may need to place them in the freezer so they will be easier to unmold without tearing them.

Serve with fresh berries and enjoy! Et voila! How easy was that?

NB: You could substitute fat-free half and half for the heavy cream if you were watching your calories…

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!