It's a creamy and silky dessert much like custard but more decadent. Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Fresh Blackberries makes the perfect Italian style delight to serve at your dinner party. And I promise your guests will rave about it.
Much like a pudding or mousse, this eggless dessert is made with gelatin, sweetened cream and dark chocolate. One bite of this pillowy sweet treat and you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.
This month, the #Foodiemamas blogging group has chosen chocolate as their featured ingredient. I decided to make my favorite Panna Cotta recipe using chocolate instead of vanilla.
Panna cotta literally means "cooked cream." It's simple to make, involves just a few ingredients and can be made in advance. Topped with a few fresh berries and you have a decadent dessert.
The first time I had panna cotta was at a friend's house. Rich and creamy, this chilled molded dessert tastes delicious with fresh berries, citrus, or a fruit or chocolate sauce. I've even been known to add a little whipped cream.
Have you ever tried panna cotta? Will you give it a try?
Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta with Fresh Blackberries
Serves 4 to 6. Total time: 1 day. Printable recipe
- 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups cold milk
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate morsels
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Fresh blackberries
For 1/4 cup cold milk into a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the milk. Stir to incorporate then let sit for five minutes. The mixture will be lumpy.
Add the cream, chocolate and sugar to a small pot and cook over medium low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the chocolate has melted. Remove the pot from the heating elements and stir in the remaining milk.
Using a mesh strainer, pour the mixture into a serving pitcher and discard any chocolate solids from the strainer. Add in the gelatin and whisk to combine. Next, pour an even amount into stemmed glasses or ramekins. Chill the panna cotta for one full day until firm. Serve with fresh berries.