Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chef Chuck's Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta

A traditional dessert found in Italy, panna cotta, is a molded chilled custard like dessert.  Panna cotta, meaning cooked cream, has a silky smooth texture. I made this one half chocolate and half vanilla.  It can be served with fresh whip cream, a caramel sauce, raspberries, or pears thinly sliced. 

Panna Cotta

4 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons gelatin
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate

In a sauce pan add cream and sprinkle gelatin over and let sit 5 minutes.  Heat and stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Stir in sugar and vanilla and stir a few more minutes. Pour half the batter into a bowl for the vanilla cream.  Add chocolate to the sauce pan and stir till all melted. Pour chocolate in glasses and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Then slowly add in vanilla and refrigerate.  Pour into glasses and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Makes 8 small cups. Use a butter knife and go around edge of cup. Dip bottom of each cup into hot water for 20 seconds or so then turn upside down on plate.  Decorate plate with shaved chocolate and or fruit, serve.
Ricette by Chef Chuck's Cucina


  1. This is my daughter's favorite dessert. She always orders it in Positano. Thanks for the recipe, I'll surprise her!
    And congrats on your blog award- you so deserve it!

  2. Ciao Scintilla! Nice to hear from you, I hope she enjoys! Thank you so much :)