White Chocolate Panna Cotta served with fresh strawberries, dried pomegranate seeds and cocoa nibs for a delicious sweet treat that comes together in minutes and is also gluten free.
My children refer to the Panna Cotta as a ‘milk jelly’! Sweet, creamy, jiggly and so delicious, it looks like a dessert that one would have spent time to create wherein the truth is that it is one of the quickest things to make. The fridge does all the work for you. Just like you would flavour milk or any other form of dairy, the Panna Cotta works on the same principle. After all it is a ‘jellified’ or rather version of milk. The beauty of this dessert is that it is incredibly versatile! Whether you like yours light or decadent or even extra creamy, you can choose between milk, half and half or cream. For people who are lactose intolerant, easily swap milk with dairy free alternatives nut milks, coconut milk, rice milk to name a few. For more healthier variations use buttermilk, yoghurt and natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. Want something exotic? The dairy can be infused with rosewater, lavender, spices, fruit purees or citrus zest! Finally, how can there not be a chocolate version of this dessert? It is equally lovely infused with white, milk or dark chocolate but White Chocolate Panna Cotta is my favourite especially with red berries. It’s one of the most delicious pairings ever.
White Chocolate Panna Cotta
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp milk
300 ml thickened cream
100 g white chocolate, roughly chopped
2 tbsp castor sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
11/2 tsp powdered gelatine
Berries, to serve
Cocoa nibs/chocolate chips, to serve
Place the 1/2 cup milk, cream, chocolate and sugar in a saucepan over low heat and cook till chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth (Do not boil.) Remove from heat.Place the 2 tbsp milk and gelatine together in a a small bowl and allow the gelatine to bloom (about 1-2 mins). Pour this gelatine mixture into the saucepan with the milk-cream mixture and mix till blended.
Cool to room temperature and pour into moulds/serving glasses. place in the refrigerator to set (about 4-5 hours). Serve with fresh fruit and cocoa nibs.