With the entire world in lockdown, life has been pretty boring. With no good places to go to, no new restaurants to explore and even no chance of travelling to the nearby cafe and enjoying a good cup of coffee, quarantine has been really rough. While we have all been trying new ways to experiment with food at the comfort of our home, it was time for me and my husband to try our hand at the good old pretty, sweet and simple Italian dessert full of creamy goodness.
We have tried the basic and classic Panna Cotta before but we wanted to experiment a little with the flowery, nutty and aromatic flavour profile of coffee.
The entire human race runs on coffee. In fact, everyone will accept the fact that the first yawn in the morning is a silent scream for coffee. Good ideas start with brainstorming and brainstorming begins a nice cup of coffee. But wouldn’t it be nice, if instead of your regular and monotonous latte in a cup aur even a filter coffee, you surprise yourself with a cup of a moulded chilled Italian dessert that is easy to make and taste wonderful. If you might be wondering about the time it requires to set and how you can serve it early in the morning, let me tell you, this simple creamy goodness can be prepared in advance (in the night) and left in the refrigerator (no! Not the freezer) to set and devoured in the morning.
What is Pana Cotta?
Panna Cotta is is a simple and creamy Italian pudding, which can also be considered as an Italian jello dessert which is created using simple ingredients available at every home. Blessed with an incredible melt in the mouth and smooth texture, Panna Cotta is nothing but cooked heavy cream with aromatic flavours that are elevated using just a decent amount of sugar and kept in the refrigerator for the setting. Enjoyed with fresh fruits of your choice or chocolate, this creamy dessert is everyone’s favorite. It is regularly served in all known restaurants removed from the ramekin onto a plate topped with berry sauce or chocolate drizzle like I did.
Is Panna Cotta difficult to make?
I know, the first time someone looks at a Panna Cotta, they feel making it at home is not their cup of tea. But let me tell you, might look super fancy but it is super easy and the quickest dessert to make. Whether it’s your special someone’s birthday or even if it’s Valentine Day, a coffee Panna Cotta can be your safe dessert to attempt. Made using simple ingredients like heavy cream, sugar, a drop of vanilla essence and just a little flavour, you can easily create this make-ahead dessert which is perfect for entertaining big dinner party or a quaint dinner with your partner.
I hope you are excited to give this recipe a try! Be sure to let me know if you loved it as much as I loved making it for you.
Without further ado, let’s get into the recipe.
Coffee Pana Cotta with Chocolate Drizzle
Panna Cotta is a simple Italian dessert that is quick to make and uses ingredients right off your kitchen shelf. You can also make the easy Chocolate sauce but I have mentioned in the recipe to add an extra OOMPH to the recipe.
For Coffee Mix
- 1/2 Cup Hot Milk
- 1 1/2 tbsp Coffee Powder (I used Bru Gold)
For Dissolving Gelatin
- 1/4 cup Hot water (I microwaved water for 15 seconds and used it.)
- 10 grams Gelatin (10 grams Gelatin will be approximately 1 tbsp)
For the Cream Mixture
- 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
- 1/2 cup Sugar (I use lesser than a half cup, you can use sugar according to your taste.)
For Coffee Mix
In a cup or bowl mix 1/2 cup hot milk along with the coffee powder until coffee powder dissolves completely.
For Dissolving Gelatin
In another cup or bowl, mix together 1/4 cup hot water and 10 grams gelatin. Let it rest and see if the gelatin dissolves.
I mixed the gelatin well until it disappeared in the hot water.
For the Panna Cotta Mixture
Take 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream and add the sugar to it in a saucepan.
Start heating the saucepan on a low-medium flame (do not increase the flame.)
Mix the suagr well until dissolved and cook the cream and sugar together for 3 mins.
The moment you notice the mixture getting the first boil, remove it from the stovetop.
At this point, you can add the coffee mix along with the dissolved gelatin and water.
Mix them well and add a tspn of Vanilla Essence. (Remember that a little Vanilla Essence goes a long way. Be careful with the amount you put.)
Once you mix the Vanilla Essence in the mixture, seive the entire mixture and transfer to another saucepan to let it rest.
We want the mixture to come to room temperature before we pour them the ramekins or porcelian bowls of your choice.
After 5-7 minutes, pour the sieved mixture into the ramekins or pocelain bowls.
Cover the ramekins or porcelain bowls with cling film or plastic wrap tightly.
Place it in the fridge (not the freezer) and let it rest for the next 4 hours.
You can do your thing while waiting for the panna cotta to set.
After 4 hours, check if the panna cotta has set. Use your finger to give the panna cotta a soft nudge at the edges to check if it is done.
If it is not done, check after 30 minutes. (Panna Cotta usually takes 4-6 hours to set depending on the quantity of the mixture that you put in the bowls.)
Once set, melt some chocolate in the microwave, add a tspn of milk to it and drizzle on top.
Enjoy your panna cotta, post dinner!
Looking forward to your creations. If you make the coffee Panna Cotta using my recipe, don’t miss to share with me. I would love to see you experiment with this interesting dessert. You can get in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Go ahead and make this incredible dessert for everyone you love!
Until my next recipe,
Keep devouring good food.
Stay home and stay safe <3