• • 300ml (or 10 fl oz) double cream
  • • 80ml ( or 2.8 fl oz) semi-skimmed milk
  • • 90g (or 3oz) white chocolate
  • • 50g (or 1.8oz) caster sugar
  • • 1 tbsp (or 15ml) boiling water
  • • 1.5 tsp ( or g) gelatine

I keep forgetting how great and utterly tasty dessert this Chocolate Panna Cotta is. I make Panna Cotta only when it is my turn to prepare food for friends and family (and that is actually so unfair to this great dessert).

The main reason why I make  Panna cotta on these special occasions is that it can be made a day or two in advance. I am not as well organised as my husband. He always finishes all the cooking and baking on time, and without ruining anything. I am a completely different cup of tea. And because I know this and I know how things can go wrong, it doesn’t make me miserable anymore. Panna cotta is my saviour.

Lately Panna Cotta has “saved my life” on many occasions. Not only because I can make it in advance, but also because it tastes absolutely delicious. Even sitting in a fridge can’t ruin the taste, just the opposite. After a day or two it tastes even better. A rich flavour and silky smooth texture always fascinate our friends who would (surprise, surprise) usually leave our house with the recipe in the pocket.

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Panna Cotta looks stunning, especially if decorated with different fruit sauces.

How to make White chocolate Panna Cotta:

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 3-4 minutes
Cooling time: 6 hours or over night
Level: easy

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Step 1:
Take 3 disposable plastic water cups (200ml) and cut off 3 cm off the top of the cup. Lightly oil them with neutral-tasting oil (I usually use sunflower oil).

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Step 2:
Place the boiling water in a ramekin. Sprinkle with gelatine and whisk with a fork to remove any lumps. Place the ramekin in a small bowl with boiling water. The water should come halfway up the side of the ramekin. Hot water creates an additional heat to dissolve gelatine. Whisk again. Set aside for 3-4 minutes or until gelatine is dissolved.

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Step 3:
Place white chocolate, double cream, caster sugar and milk in a saucepan.

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Step 4:
Cook over low heat until boiling. Leave to boil for 2 minutes or until chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. USEFUL TIP:
If you see any hard beats or air bubbles in the mixture put it through a sieve.

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Step 5:
Pour the mixture among three 90ml capacity plastic cups and one glass. Place them in a fridge for 6 hours or overnight to set.
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Step 6:
If you want to unmold panna cotta successfully you need to break the seal of panna cotta. Use a small knife or a toothpick. When the seal is broken, dip plastic cups (or ramekins – if you make panna cotta in them) into hot water for 2 seconds.

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Step 7:
Turn panna cotta onto a serving plate.

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Step 8:
Serve Panna Cotta with cocoa, fresh raspberries, strawberries or one of the fruit sauces.

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Step 9:
White Panna cotta also looks extremely elegant served in a transparent glass, topped with raspberry sauce and chopped dark chocolate.

My favourite sauce for decorating Panna Cotta, is raspberry sauce.

Makes: 100ml (or 3.5fl oz or 7tbsp)
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Level: easy

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (or 4oz) fresh raspberries
3 tbsp (or 42g) caster sugar

METHOD:

1. Take 1 cup of fresh raspberries and wash them. Put them in a saucepan.
2. Add 3 tablespoons (or more if raspberries are really sour) of caster sugar. Cook and mash with a spoon at low heat until the mixture is soft and just begins to boil. OPTIONAL: you can also add 1 tablespoon (or 15ml) of lemon juice to the sauce.
3. Press the cooked raspberries through the sieve to get a smooth sauce.

METHOD: step by step with photos

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Step 1:
Take 1 cup (well heaped) of fresh raspberries and wash them.

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Step 2:
Put them in a saucepan. Add 3 tablespoons (or more if raspberries are really sour) of caster sugar. Cook and mash with a spoon at low heat until the mixture is soft and just begins to boil. When all raspberries are dissolved remove the saucepan from the cooker.

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Step 3:
Press the raspberries through the sieve.

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Step 4:
You will get smooth sauce (about 100ml or 7tbsp). Pour it over panna cotta and serve.

BAKING TIPS:

- When you try to unmold Panna cotta, never ever forget to break a seal. Use a small knife or a toothpick.

GOOD TO KNOW:

- Ramekin is a small glazed or glass serving bowl used for the preparation and serving of various food dishes.

- Panna cotta (from Italian: cooked cream) is an Italian dessert made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar, and mixing this with gelatine and letting it cool until set.