If you want to say “I Love You” with food, is there a better ingredient to use than chocolate? I can’t think of one.
So, in honor of Valentine’s Day coming up, we are sharing some of our latest ways to whisper sweet nothings with chocolate.
I am a recent convert to pana cotta. The original Italian dessert is pretty flavorless, but the texture is amazingly soft, pillow-y and silky. When I saw a chocolate panna cotta recipe out there, I decided to use Nutella as a shortcut – AND to add flavor.
The chocolate recipe I was thinking of making required melting in a double boiler. Then I thought of a pantry item that should swap out and make the dish even simpler to prepare: Nutella.
This is one of the simplest desserts you will ever make – if it takes you more than 5 minutes, you’re doing something wrong. And the flavors are superb.
Make this panna cotta and make your sweetie swoon!
— posted by Donna
Put the Nutella, ground hazelnuts and salt in another medium bowl and set aside.
In a saucepan, bring the half and half and vanilla to a boil. Pour 1/3 of the hot mixture over the gelatin and whisk it well.
Pour the rest of the hot mixture over the Nutella. Whisk until smooth.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, and then pour into oiled ramekins.
Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours, or overnight before serving.
Pinch My Salt made a Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta with a chocolate hazelnut drink.
And, if you want to go vegan, you can still make panna cotta – check out Fig & Cherry’s Vegan Panna Cotta.
And, panna cotta for Christmas? Check out Baking Bites Eggnog Panna Cotta.