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Friday, April 29, 2011

White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Blueberry Coulis

White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Blueberry Coulis

  Panna Cotta is a classic Italian Dessert, traditionally flavored with vanilla and served with fresh fruit. Panna Cotta is velvety smooth and decadent. It is truly a treat. I decided to change it up and add white chocolate and make a blueberry coulis to go along with it.  Panna Cotta is best chilled overnight, so it is a great make-ahead dessert.  Many recipes call for less milk and cream or more gelatin.  In my opinion this makes a Panna Cotta that is too jiggly (that is my technical term for it).  I like my Panna Cotta to be just set and slightly delicate, not bouncy or firm.  This Panna Cotta melts in your mouth, and no- it is not low fat!

Panna Cotta

1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp gelatin
3 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
100g white chocolate ( I used Lindt swiss white chocolate)

Pour 1/2 cup of milk into a large bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the top. Set aside and allow gelatin to soften.
In the meantime, finely chop chocolate.  Combine all remaining ingredients, including chocolate, in a heavy saucepan.  Gently bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.

Stir gelatin mixture. Add boiled milk mixture, and stir well until gelatin is completely dissolved.  Place bowl in an ice water bath, stirring occasionally until mixture is significantly thickened.  Approximately 45min.  Pour into 6 individual ramekins, each covered with plastic wrap. Chill at least 4 hours, although I highly recommend overnight.

Blueberry Coulis

2 cups  Frozen Blueberries (thawed)
1/3 cup sugar

Combine Blueberries and sugar in a blender. Puree until smooth.   Strain through a fine sieve. Refrigerate until ready to use.

1 cup blueberries to garnish
white chocolate shavings for garnish

To serve, run the blade of a thin sharp knife around the inside edge of the ramekin.  Briefly dip the outside of each ramekin in hot water, invert ramekin over dessert plate.  Panna Cotta should slide out. Drizzle with Blueberry coulis and garnish with fresh blueberries.  Indulge!

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