Sunday, April 5, 2015

Coffee Panna cotta

Just like everyone I also love coffee. Coffee was not common during my childhood days as we used homeopathic medicines for common ailments. So I never missed out on any opportunity to have some. Once I started cooking, it became a common ingredient of my cakes, ice creams and desserts. Panna cotta is one such dish that I make quite often. It is an Italian dessert. The recipe I am sharing today satisfies my craving for coffee when I am not in a mood for anything elaborate.

Milk - 3 cups
Coffee grounds- 2 tbsp
Sugar- ½ cup
Vanilla bean- ½ split lengthwise 

Powder gelatin-1 packet

Water - 3 tbsp

Chocolate chips-1 cup

Instant Coffee powder- ½ tsp 

Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it soak for about 15 minutes.  In the mean time, take milk, vanilla bean, coffee and sugar in a pan. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it simmers, turn off the heat and add the gelatin mixture. Stir well to dissolve the gelatin. Strain the mixture through a strainer. Pour the mixture into 3-4 ramekins/molds. Let it cool and then refrigerate for 2- 4 hours. 

Melt chocolate in a water bath, add coffee and mix well to obtain a smooth texture but not too liquid.

Remove the Panna cottas out onto dessert plates and decorate with chocolate sauce. 

1. You can place bottom of Panna cotta molds in hot water for a few seconds to help with
    the removal. 
2. You could serve directly in ramekins used for chilling
3. Chocolate sauce is optional
4. If you do not have use a few drops of vanilla essence. Add it along with gelatin.


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