Foolishly put the question across to the kids, asked them what they love to eat most….& nearly got run over in the ensuing melee. Sweet ranked supreme, & chocolate was the popular call..
“Chocolate panna cotta“ sang the chorus!!
Did I have to ask? I seldom do because I like to keep rotating flavours, especially chocolaty ones, lest they get stuck on one. I asked today because Ben has a special kids event on for Food for Plastic Kidz as ‘Tupperware is celebrating April as Children’s month. The best part is that they are donating $1 from the sale of selected items to the Boys & Girls Clubs.‘This one’s specially for your event amigo. Ben’s event is interestingly about ‘food you enjoyed as kids, or foods which may be your kids favourite food’. I have a strange suspicion that the idea is fuelled by the kid in him, & I’m all game for it!
Favourite food =‘s DESSERT
This is one equation that hasn’t changed over time. What has changed is the choice of dessert. When we were young it was either a caramel custard or bread pudding, fruit cream or trifle, a rice pudding maybe or kulfi…a LOT of choice by my standards! I look at my kids today & think I’ve spoilt them for life with the choices they’ve been offered…YUM!! It’s not that I indulge them to extreme limits; it’s just that I enjoy trying different stuff & they are willing accomplices in the process. Who wouldn’t be?
Dark Chocolate Panna Cotta
Recipe as adapted from Godiva
Cream – 3 cups
Gelatin – 3 1/2 tsps
Powdered Sugar – 6 tbsps
Dark Chocolate – 250 – 300gms (broken into pieces; adjust amount according to taste)
Cocoa powder – 3 tbsps
Measure 3/4 cup cream in a liquid measuring cup. Sprinkle gelatin over cream and let stand at least 5 minutes or until ready to use to soften gelatin.
Mix sugar and cocoa powder in medium sauce pan. Whisk in remaining 2 1/4 cups heavy cream and place sauce pan over medium heat. Heat to a simmer. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Add gelatin mixture. Heat and whisk constantly until gelatin is completely dissolved (do not heat to a simmer). Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a big bowl. Adjust the sugar if desired. Pour into individual bowls. Refrigerate for about 3 hours or until set. Garnish with pistachios & chocolate shavings as desired.
Note: This is not a very true panna cotta; i.e. one which can be turned out. This one is silky, deep, smooth & luscious. It leaves a sense of sublime satisfaction!
Truly indulgent…bringing out the greedy little kid in us too!
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