Mint Panna Cotta with luscious dark chocolate.. yum!

Mint Panna Cotta with luscious dark chocolate.. yum!

By 22/04/2016

This week I made a special dessert. A panna cotta with a delicate flavour of mint and lots of luscious, delicious dark chocolate sauce. Absolutely divine I must say.

As you might have read from my previous posts, in order to take part on the "Great Oven Ban challenge" last week I ditched my oven and gas stove and only used 6 appliaces for all my cooking. My favourite and most used kitchen appliance was the Severin branded induction hob distribuited by "Homespares" .

What is an induction hob? This cooking method uses electromagnetic energy where the energy goes through the cooktop straight to the iron-based pan, producing or inducing a current which in turn releases heat. This means that the pan you use needs to have a high iron content. Induction hobs are quicker and cheaper to run compared to other hobs because the heat goes directly to the pan rather than the whole cooking surface.

I have used this for most of my cooking: I made pasta a few times, risotto, chicken stew and I cooked fish too this week. I found that it can bring to the boil a pot of water or milk in less than 3 minutes! It has a soft touch control panel, easy to clean, a timer with auto switch off. Very clever indeed.

For this recipe, which I made using my new hob, I was inspired by my favourite Italian magazine "Cucina Moderna" which I buy every time I go back to Italy. I am addicted to cookery magazines and I have a few piles at home, some date back to the late 80s. The recipes and the photos were different back then, these days they are so much more sophisticated.

If you like chocolate and mint then this is the recipe for you and it is straightforward too.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 10 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

Put the gelatine sheets in cold water to soften for 20 minutes.

In a sauce pan put the cream, 150 ml or 5 fluid oz of milk and the sugar and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat.

Mint Panna Cotta with Chocolate

Squeeze the water out of the gelatine sheets with your hands and add them to the pan with the milk and the cream. Tear 20 mint leaves in halves and add them to the mixture too.

Mint Panna Cotta with Chocolate

Mix well and let it rest for 8 minutes stirring from time to time then filter with a mesh strainer.

Mint Panna Cotta with Chocolate

Rinse with cold water 4 disposable plastic cups. Let the mixture cool down a little then pour it into the cups. Put them in the fridge to set for at least 5 hours.

Mint Panna Cotta with Chocolate

Bring the remaining milk to the boil, add the chocolate chopped into smaller pieces and mix well.

Take the cups with the pannacotta out of the fridge, warm them up a little with your hands, turn them upside down and gently tap them over a plate to release the panna cotta. Pour some chocolate sauce on top and decorate with mint leaves.

Et voila'! Pretty isn't? πŸ™‚ And DELICIOUS too!

Mint Panna Cotta with Chocolate

Mint Panna Cotta with Chocolate

I was sent a β€œSeverin” induction hob to take part on the β€œGreat Oven Ban Challenge”. All opinions are my own.

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19 Responses to Mint Panna Cotta with luscious dark chocolate.. yum!

  1. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I have always been put off making panna cotta, as I thought it was too hard, but I think I could make this. Maybe one for my next dinner party.

  2. Alida

    I used to think the same and it is so easy to make. Next time I will try with vanilla too.

  3. All That I'm Eating

    I love the texture on the outside of these panna cotta and I bet the fresh mint gives it an amazing flavour. They look great!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Love the colour contrast of white and black…simple and elegant presentation, Alida. I love it!

  5. uno spicchio di melone

    Ma Γ¨ uno spettacolo Alida! Adoro le tue ricette! Bravissima!
    unospicchiodimelone!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara molto gentile πŸ™‚

  6. Louise

    Gorgeous Panna Cotta, Alida. Who can resist mint and chocolate in such creamy delight? Not I!

    Thanks for sharing, Alida…

    • Alida

      Thanks Louise pannacotta is a classic recipe good for any occasion!

  7. gloria

    Che buono e deliziosi cara πŸ™‚
    Un abbraccio !

    • Alida

      Grazie Gloria!

    • Alida

      Thanks Helen, my sister did a similar pannacotta in a cup before, it is cheaper than buying a mold just for that.

  8. Chiara

    geniale l’idea di usare i bicchierini, un dessert direi….molto chic ! buona settimana, un bacione

    • Alida

      Grazie buona settimana!

  9. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Love your presentation…I’ve pinned it. I usually make vanilla with a strawberry sauce but have been looking for something new and now I have it.

    • Alida

      Thanks Karen, vanilla is always good and I also like it with fruit of the forest sauce.

  10. la cucina di Molly

    Mmmm… che golosa, adoro i dolci al cucchiaio e non posso che complimentarmi per questo delizioso dessert! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Grazie Vanna πŸ™‚

  11. Nagasri

    I love chocolate and mint πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing !!

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