Chocolate Celebration: Five Minute Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta Recipe

February 6, 2012 in Desserts

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Five Minute Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta

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

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT PANNA COTTA
 
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons cold water
1 cup Nutella
1/4 cup hazelnuts, ground in food processor
Pinch of salt
2 cups half and half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Diced hazelnuts for garnish
Chocolate syrup for garnish
 
In a medium bowl, whisk together the gelatin and cold water.

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.

Here is one of the reasons I love food blogs: When I started looking around out there, I found lots of creative panna cottas out there.

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.

Vanilla and Clove Panna Cotta, Roost
Rose Panna Cotta, Cooking with the Single Guy
Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce, Inspired Taste
Pomegranate Lemon Panna Cotta, Use Real Butter

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