Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta

by Shoshana on February 6, 2011 · 7 comments

Post image for Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta Panna Cotta is one of those desserts that is so elegant it seems like it should be incredibly difficult make at home. Instead it is one of the easiest. Usually just made with cream, flavorings and a bit of gelatin to set it, a good panna cotta is a deliciously satisfying dessert. Add a little bit of chocolate, a topping of luscious caramel sauce, and you have the perfect dessert for a romantic Valentines Day dinner. Or frankly any night of the week.

This recipe is from the back of the box of Guittard chocolate. I had wanted to try it for a while, and ended up making it a week when I was a bit pressed for time to make a dessert for Shabbat dinner. It literally took me ten minutes to throw together Thursday night. Given that a four week old baby doesn’t leave all that much time for elaborate kitchen projects I imagine that I will be making it again in the near future. I have to say, though, that the texture of this panna cotta is not quite like that of a traditional panna cotta. A great panna cotta should be just barely set so that it sits softly on the spoon without being at all rubbery. This is much firmer, more the consistency of a dense chocolate mousse, but it is delicious nonetheless.

I served it with a coconut caramel sauce which was the perfect pairing. Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced the recipe I used for the sauce. I found some that look similar, but until I have a chance to test them I don’t want to post them. Sorry about that. Any caramel or fruit sauce would be a great accompaniment.

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Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta

(recipe from the back of the Guittard Chocolate box)
Makes 6 (3.5 oz) servings

1 can (14 oz) coconut milk*
1 envelope (1/4 oz) gelatin
2 tablespoons sugar
4 oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla

Place the coconut milk in a medium saucepan. Sprinkle gelating over the top of the coconut milk and let stand several minutes. Add sugar and chocolate. Whisk over medium-low heat to scald, and until the gelatin and chocolate are melted. Add vanilla and pour through a strainer into a large measuring cup. Pour into ramekins. Cover and chill until set at least 2-3 hours, or overnight. Serve with coconut caramel sauce.

*if making for Passover use this recipe to make the coconut milk.

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Jeanine February 6, 2011 at 8:23 am

Oh me, oh my…I’ve never tired panna cotta before, but with the recipes that you’ve posted, i think I will shortly! Looks fantastic!

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Ruth H. February 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

That looks beautiful! What did you use for gelatin? I am trying to find vegetarian substitues, rather than the Kosher one I have at home…
And I hope the baby is doing great!

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Lacey @ dishfolio.com February 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Looks delish! We’d love for you to share your recipe at dishfolio.com!

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Lisa February 8, 2011 at 1:47 am

Can you post the recipe for the coconut caramel sauce as well? This sounds great, but the sauce looks so good, I’d like to try it along with the panna cotta.

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Anie February 8, 2011 at 5:24 am

I use agar agar, 1 tsp if powdered, 1 tbsp if flakes. bring the temperature up to 82 celcius.
I’ve never tried chocolate coconut, sounds great.

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Laura February 8, 2011 at 10:57 am

This looks really delicious . . . . And I love your photo catching the drizzle of caramel.

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Lisa February 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Oops . . . didn’t notice what you said about the sauce. Well, if you find the right recipe, I’m definitely interested.

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