This is a divine dessert, as it is not too rich or heavy, but creamy with a delicate flavour. You can serve it in ramekins or turned out onto plates and topped with fruit or coulis, but I have found that fresh, chopped strawberries go beautifully with it. In the UK, I use double cream, which is 48% butterfat so in the States try to use a heavy cream with a high percentage of butterfat to match the texture. I have included the chilling time in the "cooking time".
- Put the cream, milk and vanilla pod (whole) into a saucepan.
- Heat over a very low heat until almost simmering, stirring constantly.
- Put the gelatine sheets in water to soak.
- Add the sugar to the warm cream mixture and stir until melted completely.
- Remove the vanilla pod then add the chocolate and stir until melted.
- Add the gelatine to the mixture and stir.
- Remove from heat and make sure the mixture is completely smooth.
- Cool, then pour into ramekins.
- Leave in the fridge to set for around 4 hours.
- If you wish, loosen the panna cotta out of the ramekins by placing them in warm water for a few moments then turning onto a plate.
- I find the flavour is best if you remove the panna cotta from the fridge about 10 minutes before needed. Serve with chopped fresh strawberries.
Made last night, for a mid lunch today, and this was real good. Made no adjustments to this. Loved the white chocolate to this. Great when the strawberries are at a peak. Made for PRMR.
Once I found the substitution of powdered gelatin for the sheet gelatin (1 tablespoon per 4 sheets) this recipe was a go! Very easy to make this UNUSUAL & GREAT TASTING DESSERT, & a wonderful make-again recipe as long as the berries are in season! Thanks for sharing! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe]