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Chocolate Panna Cotta

Chocolate Panna Cotta, it’s creamy and smooth with a rich chocolate flavour. Easy to whip up then left to chill in the fridge, it’s the perfect make-ahead dessert for dinner parties, weekends and special occasions.

Panna Cotta is a traditional Italian dessert that literally means cooked cream. It’s one of the simplest desserts you can make and you can change it up with so many different flavours such as classic vanilla, lemon, strawberry and of course chocolate!

Close up of chocolate panna cotta in a glass bowl topped with grated chocolate.

What Chocolate To Use?

Dark chocolate is my favourite type of chocolate to use when making desserts. This Panna Cotta is made with sugar, vanilla, cream and milk so dark chocolate is perfect for this recipe, I recommend using at least 70% cacao. Milk chocolate would make this dessert much sweeter and would lack the intense chocolate flavour this dessert has.

Adding chocolate to the panna cotta gives it almost a mousse-like texture, it’s smooth and creamy and slightly fluffy. It’s extremely delicious and a great, light dessert for after dinner.

How To Make Chocolate Panna Cotta – Step By Step

First, add the gelatine leaves to a bowl of cold water and let it sit for 10 minutes until soft.

Add the cream, milk, sugar to the sauce pan. Scrape the vanilla seeds from inside the pod and add the vanilla to a saucepan on medium/low heat. Heat the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the milk and cream to a simmer then turn off the heat.

Tip: Place your used vanilla pod in a jar of sugar, this will add a lovely vanilla flavour to the sugar that can be used when baking.

Add the finely chopped chocolate to the milk and cream and stir slowly until the chocolate has completely melted (photos 1-5)

Step by step photos on how to make chocolate panna cotta

Squeeze the gelatine to remove as much water as possible then add it to the hot cream and chocolate. Whisk constantly until the gelatin has melted then set the saucepan aside to cool (photos 6-8).

Once cooled strain the mixture into serving glasses and place in the fridge to set for at least 2-3 hours before serving.

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A close up of chocolate panna cotta with a spoonful of panna cotta in the background

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Chocolate Panna Cotta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Chocolate Panna Cotta, it's creamy and smooth with a rich chocolate flavour. It's the perfect make-ahead dessert for dinner parties, weekends and special occasions.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 355 kcal
Author: Emily Kemp
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup (300ml) cream
  • 1 1/8 cup (250ml) milk
  • 3 leaves gelatine * see notes for conversion
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (20g) sugar
  • 3.5 oz (100g) dark chocolate 70% cacao , finely chopped (or use dark chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
Instructions
  1. First, add the gelatine leaves to a bowl of cold water and let it sit for 10 minutes until soft.

  2. Add the cream, milk, sugar to a saucepan. Scrape the vanilla seeds from the bean/pod and add vanilla to a saucepan on medium/low heat. Heat the mixture until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the milk and cream to a simmer then turn off the heat.

  3. Add the finely chopped chocolate to the milk and cream and stir slowly until the chocolate has completely melted.
  4. Squeeze the gelatine to remove as much water as possible then add it to the hot cream and chocolate. Whisk constantly until the gelatin has melted then set the saucepan aside to cool.

  5. Once cooled strain the mixture into serving glasses and place in the fridge to set for 2-3 hours.

Recipe Notes
  • You can substitute 3 gelatine leaves for 1 tbsp of powdered gelatine. Please note I have not tested this recipe with powdered gelatin. For more information on gelatine conversions click here.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa
    November 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    I want to crawl through the screen – that panna cotta looks luscious! I think that’s what I want for Thanksgiving dessert — to heck with pumpkin pie!

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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    November 14, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Wow that looks delicious! (And your photos are so gorgeous!) I’ve never had a chocolate panna cotta!

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    chris
    November 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t have a massive sweet tooth but this chocolate panna cotta could well be a game changer. It looks absolutely HEAVENLY! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies
    November 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    This is my type of recipe! Wonderful! x

  • Reply
    maria
    November 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I am definitely a fan of dark chocolate and I am drooling right now!!! This looks amazing. Fantastic photography… thanks for posting ♥

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    Patty
    November 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Exactly the recipe I was looking for! I’m in love with chocolate panna cotta, my family will love it too!

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    Traci @ The Kitchen Girl
    November 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    This looks like the perfect dessert any night of the week! Such a cute idea…love the individual servings 🙂

  • Reply
    Pretty
    November 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I love the easy step but step instructions, can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • Reply
    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    November 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Panna cotta is literally one of my all time favorite desserts! it is simply the best and love the idea of a chocolate flavor!

  • Reply
    Kristina
    November 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    anything that translates to cooked cream? and has chocolate?! *pulls up a chair with a spoon* YES please! this looks amazing!

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