Tuesday, February 23, 2016

TWD~BCM ~ Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta


TWD ~ BCM ~ Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta

It's time again for Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking Chez Moi! This month it has been all about chocolate. I know I've missed quite a few picks in the last few months, but I am gradually getting back into baking along again! A slow start, but I will be back to full speed soon!  I decided to make the Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta for Valentines Day.  I'm so glad I did!  It was a delectable dessert, and mega hit with my Valentine!
Dories version is deep, rich and chocolaty in flavor. However, with only 3 tablespoons of sugar, not very sweet. The recipe calls for heavy cream, milk, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder (only 2 tablespoons) 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate (finely chopped) and a packet of Knox unflavored gelatin. Hard to believe these few simple ingredients can transform into such a luscious dessert. Truth be told, I still have a soft spot for the traditional Panna Cotta.

Absolutely luscious!

Dorie tells us, the first time she made this version of Chocolate Panna Cotta, it reminded her of hot chocolate. It's been bitterly cold here, so I didn't quite get the hot feeling, but it was a fabulous Valentine's dessert. I love her idea of adding cinnamon and other spices to cheesecloth and simmering it with the milk. Something I look forward to trying in the future!
I decided to serve mine with an Amaretto whipped cream, and it was luscious!

These were so good...a perfect end to a lovely Valentine's Day

This recipe participates with Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe can be found in Doris latest cookbook, "Baking Chez Moi". To see what the other bakers did, check it out here.
Here is a similar recipe at Epicurious for Chocolate Panna Cotta.


 Bon Appétit 

17 comments:

  1. These look very elegant Kathy - great job.

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  2. These were really good, weren't they. Yours look so pretty on that bronze serving tray. Good to
    see you posting again, Kathy, I always love reading your blog.

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  3. These were a hit with my valentine too. I think the lava cakes were a bigger hit but both recipes are worth a repeat. Look forward to seeing more of you:)

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  4. We loved these too. Amaretto whipped cream sounds fabulous with all of that chocolate-y goodness.

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  5. so beautiful and amaretto whipped cream was a very good idea! love that copper heart, too.

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  6. Those look so inviting and delicious! I will be making the panna cotta this weekend and I can't wait!

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  7. Kathy, I did not know that Dorie is back...even though I never joined I always respected all those challenging and amazing recipes that you followed and made them so beautifully and to perfection. This Hot chocolate panna cotta is truly a work of art, and dedication...I just love it and love that copper heart shaped tin pan! Thank you for sharing! xoxo

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  8. Yummmm finishing is just awesome....

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  9. I've made a few panna cotta but never in chocolate! Bill would love these!!

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  10. What a lovely Valentine indulgence, Kathy. So glad your Valentine enjoyed it too. (they can be "testy" at times, lol)

    I'm delighted to hear you are on the road to recovery. I know it has been bitter cold down there so this dessert is probably best as not a substitute for hot chocolate but a celebration of love especially with that Amaretto Whipped Cream! Oh my goodness!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing, Kathy...stay warm:)

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  11. It's definitely reminds me of the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity in New York City. Just perfect!

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  12. I was on a "thickened dessert" binge a couple years ago but had my best luck with pot de cremes. I swear one of my panna cotta recipes got so rubbery it could almost bounce! These look beautiful and are good incentive to try again! Have you seen this article on panna cotta ingredient ratios? http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/16/food/la-fo-calcook-20120616?

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  13. Oh Kathy, your results look so gorgeous ! I have been coveting that heart tray of yours for years now LOL - so happy to see it with this presentation :) Yes, the recipe was indeed another winner from BCM and while the whole hot chocolate cozy aspect was fun--- I am SO ready for spring. Soon enough :)

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  14. I finally caught up on this one. Yours look gorgeous and I agree with Tricia, they look perfect on your heart-shaped tray!

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