Chocolate Panna cotta with strawberry coulis and white chocolate ganache is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert, especially if you are having a party. Simple enough for even a monkey to make, this deliciously sinful Italian dessert will ensure that you remain stress free while planning the party, and your guests will be charmed by how spectacular it looks! Fun, fast and fabulous – this is a MUST MAKE this season.
“I am yet to meet a piece of chocolate I didn’t like”. If you read the About me on my homepage, you couldn’t have missed this sentence. Fact is : I am a chocoholic who has no thoughts of reining in her addiction. Unabashed chocolate lover here. I follow “The 12-step chocolate program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE! 😛
If you open my refrigerator you will always, always find it stocked with chocolates. Dark, Milk, Caramel centered ones, white , hazelnut chocolate, chocolate liqueur. They have their own little special box and shelf in my fridge. And I am SO proud of it !
Here’s why you should eat chocolate ( if at all you need convincing):
1. It is an all round health booster – it lowers your blood pressure, protects you from strokes, is good for bones and has antioxidant properties that can help fight cancer.
2. It boosts your memory and keeps you smart because of the flavonols. Drink copious amounts of chocolate.Trust me. Add cinnamon, a shot of your fave booze and voila..Friday nights in never tasted better.
3. This one is especially good for us girls.. and I bet you knew it! You know that time of the month when you want to kill people for even breathing loudly. Yup, I am talking PMS, well, have a couple of pieces the next time and see your mood and cramps get better. Thanks to the magnesium present in chocolates, it boosts energy too.
4. It doesn’t necessarily make you fat!! What could be better news you ask?? Here: People who indulge in a couple of pieces of chocolate regularly are actually thinner than those who don’t!! OMG. Life changing fact. At least for me.
5. This one is for you boys. Next time we make something something chocolate dessert, you might as well thank us on bended knees coz we just served you some delicious aphrodisiac. Yup, nothing like some good old chocolat to get you in the mood.
“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” ―
A chocolate dessert is fool proof at any party or gathering. In fact,I always make sure I have chocolate in some form while having people over. Be it in the form of a chocolate pavlova with a shot of kahlua and coffee, some nutella cup cakes or chocolate tarts, there is something for everyone. Add some salted caramel, candied red chillie, sea salt flakes , fresh fruits, creme fraiche to make it innovative and exquisite. The point is:
Never underestimate the power of chocolate.
This simple Italian dessert of cooked cream hits all the right chocolate-y notes. Deep, dark, luxurious Lindt chocolate pannacotta, topped with a lighter white chocolate ganache, a tart strawberry coulis and salted pistachios. It has depth, contrasting flavors and freshness. It has dark, silky smooth chocolate topped by a creamy white chocolate ganache layered with fresh strawberries in the center and a lemon strawberry coulis on top. Served with more shaved white chocolate,fresh strawberries and salted pistachios, this one was a total show stopper.
Bonus: Panna cotta is usually a very simple dessert that even a monkey can make. (if you watch , you will know I am referring to Monica and Chandler’s famous Thanksgiving dinner episode where Chandler makes cranberry sauce). It takes barely 15 minutes to make from scratch. After that , all you need is patience to let it set ( around 4 hrs) before you take whatever spoon is near by and dig in!!
Make this on Thanksgiving, Christmas, for birthday parties, girls
night in, Valentine’s Day or just about any regular day when you want to make someone feel special and indulge without spending the day in the kitchen.
PS: This recipe is loosely adapted from the incomparable Naomi of Bakers Royale.
- For the chocolate pannacotta:
- ½ cup milk
- 1½ teaspoon gelatin
- 1½ cup heavy cream
- Lindt or any good quality dark chocolate - 250 gms
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- Coffee liqueur or Kahlua(optional) - 2 tbsp
- For White chocolate ganache:
- White chocolate - 100 gms
- Cream - 40 gms.
- Strawberry Coulis:
- 200gms strawberries, hulled
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice, divided use
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- Salted pictachios - shelled and chopped fine
- White chocolate shaving
- Fresh strawberries, few cut into thin slices, few kept whole.
- For the Panna Cotta:
- Pour ½ cup of milk into a bowl. Evenly sprinkle gelatin on top; set aside for two minutes.
- Place the cream. chopped up chocolate and sugar into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer (dont boil it). Use a whisk to stir the mixture together till the chocolate has melted completely and the mixture looks shiny. Once its on a gentle simmer, add the coffee liqueur and stir to combine.
- Remove from heat in 5 mins.
- Strain the gelatin mixture into the cream-chocolate mixture and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved (mixture should be free of grit when rubbed between two fingers).
- Pour into long stemmed glasses or dessert ramekins and chill for 2 hrs.
- If you are making this well ahead of time, cover with foil tightly, and keep in fridge overnight.
- For the white chocolate ganache:
- Pour the cream into a sauce pan and bring to a boil ( the bubbles should be over the surface) . Turn off the heat. Add the chopped white chocolate immediately and stir till completely smooth.
- For layering:
- Place some thin slices of cut strawberry on top of the set chocolate panna cotta.
- Once the dark chocolate layer has set completely ( almost after 2 hrs),( tilt the glass to check), pour in the white chocolate ganache in a thin layer on top on the chocolate.
- Remember you will be adding the strawberry coulis too, so make the layers accordingly.
- Chill in the fridge for atleast an hour.
- To make strawberry sauce:
- Pure together the chopped strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and just 1-2 tsp of water. Transfer mixture to a saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Continue to boil until mixture thickens to syrup consistency. Strain. Set aside to cool.
- For the layering:
- Again, after 1 hr, check to see that the white chocolate ganache has set completely. If yes,
- pour the strawberry coulis on top of the white chocolate (use as much as desired) and let it cool for 30 mins.
- In individual glasses, pout the chocolate pannacotta, top with cut strawberry, add the white chocolate ganache, top with strawberry coulis.
- Garnish with white chocolate shavings, fresh strawberries and salted pistachios sprinkled on top.