Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Coffee Panna Cotta





Panna Cotta literally means “cooked cream” in Italian. The traditional Italian custard dessert originated from the north of Italy and often credited to the Piemonte region, the birthplace of fine Barolo and Barbaresco wine. 

The Italian dessert is always compared and some times confused with the French Crème Brûlée. 
Both have rich flavour and silken custardy texture but Panna Cotta is made without eggs – just cream. Beyond cream, all you need to make it is sugar, gelatin and vanilla. 

As Panna Cotta is usually mild and mellow tasting, it is always layered with different sweet and savoury flavour additions.

I served this coffee flavoured Panna Cotta with chocolate sauce in small shot glasses for a classy presentation together with warm Chocolate lava cake and vanilla ice cream as part of the dessert trio for the recent private wine dinner.

You can prepare this a couple of days in advance and keep in the refrigerator. It's simple, delicious and very versatile to match and be used in many dessert combination.


Ingredients (Makes 10 shot glasses)

300 ml full fat milk
200 ml double cream
4 tbsp Kahlua coffee liquor
2 tsp coffee essence
150 ml brown sugar
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
3 leaves gelatine

Chocolate Sauce
70 g dark couverture chocolate
1 tbsp honey
50 ml double cream


Method

Soak the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water until softened and pliable, about 3-4 minutes.

In a saucepan, bring the cream and milk to a simmer over medium heat. Add the sugar, and stir to dissolve into the simmering liquid, remove from the heat.

Squeeze the extra water from the gelatine, and then add the leaves to the hot cream/milk mixture. Stir until dissolved. Add vanilla extract, Kahlua liquor and coffee essence. Stir well.

Leave mixture to cool for few minutes in a measuring cup or jug. Pour mixture into the shot glasses. When cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before serving.

Bring cream and honey to a slight boil over medium-high heat. Once simmering, remove from heat, and stir in the chocolate until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. 

To serve, spoon chocolate sauce over Panna cotta. Garnished with mint leaves.






35 comments:

  1. I had it once served in a glass like that, no coffee topping...didn't like it. Had it another time on a plate but it was served frozen, even worse! Not sure if I would want to order that again.

    No photo of the lava oozing out of the cake... I love that a lot but too sweet, will eat when I have a lot of people to share with me.

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    1. Served frozen? No way, Arthur...

      Come over, I'll make it for you!

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  2. This desserts is so so so attractive!

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  3. Dessert trio??? Wow!

    Alvin, you are spoiling your guests. Hope that you charge good money for treating them so well? Your coffee panna cotta look good.

    Zoe

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    1. Thanks Zoe! Not for making money... It's my passion.

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  4. Wow, that's quite a spread.... Love your clicks!

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  5. So tasty dessert!!! These are very attractive dessert too.

    Regards,
    Kopi Luwak

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  6. great idea to make into coffee flavour of panna cotta , so it wouldn't feel too milky..

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  7. Coffee-flavored panna cotta ?! Yes , please :D It looks classy indeed !

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  8. wow.. thanks for the recipe. i wanna try it tonight!

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  9. It looks great - something u can do beforehand too so not so much on the actual serving day.

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  10. simple and yet delicious, something to indulge in once in a blue moon:)

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    1. Hey Jeannie! All the time... not once in a blue moon!

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  11. i've never tried making panna cotta and have only eaten the plain vanilla ones. dont know why feel a little intimidated making one actuallly..:D

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    1. Hi Lena! It's actually quite easy to make this. Try it!

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  12. Alvin, this dessert would be lovely for family gatherings too!

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    1. Yes PH! But you will need lots of shot glasses if the gathering is big.

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  13. I love panna cotta - so silky! This sounds and looks beautiful!

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  14. I like the fact that it can be made way in advance! Perfect for a dinner party ;)

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  15. Wonder where can I buy that kind of drinks here. I love it and its perfect for this winter.

    God Bless!

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  16. wow.... that dessert look really good. Very tempting... wish I can have a glass or two. :))

    Have a great weekend.

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  17. Hehehe I like serving Panna cotta in glasses because then I don't have to worry about turning them out!

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  18. Oh I love this! Will definitely give it a try one of the weekends to come when I have some spare time!

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