“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”
Cassandra Clare

Coffee chocolate panna cottaDark Chocolate Cream with Coffee Panna Cotta. OK, it’s another ‘dessert in a glass’, yet another panna cotta, chocolate again, and coffee all over again! That’s the combination that rules my world, makes me happy, is a comfort fix, is uber indulgent too. To top it off, it’s a quick make ahead dessert that everyone enjoys a lot. Justifies it a bit, right?

Coffee chocolate panna cotta If you’ve never made a panna cotta, maybe the time is now. Since I’ve shared panna cotta so often before, this is going to be a short post.  If you love it as much as I do, then you know what I mean. We’re on the same page. Play around with the recipe to suit your palette. If coffee is not your thing, then maybe do a dark chocolate vanilla version. Or one that we really enjoyed equally when I did one with the bitter orange marmalade. That was phenomenal too.

coffee chocolate panna cotta

GV8A83521Just penning these words has given me a whole bunch of new ideas. What is you favourite way to a panna cotta?

[print_this]Recipe: Dark Chocolate Cream with Coffee Panna Cotta
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Summary: Indulgent and ever so pleasing, this Dark Chocolate Cream with Coffee Panna Cotta offers a match made in heaven. Set in glass goblets to enjoy its visual appeal! The dark chocolate cream on it’s own is quite indulgent too.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes {plus setting time}

  • Dark Chocolate Cream
  • 300ml low fat cream
  • 125gm dark chocolate, chopped {I used 70% couverture}
  • 25ml honey
  • 25g good quality cocoa powder
  • 10ml Kahlúa {optional}
  • Coffee Panna Cotta
  • 300ml low fat cream
  • 125 ml whole milk
  • 2 tsp gelatin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar {use slightly less first, then adjust as required }


  1. Dark Chocolate Cream
  2. Place the cream, chocolate and honey in a large heat proof bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the cocoa powder and Kahlúa if using.
  4. Place 6 wine glasses at a slant in a loaf pan, and pour the chocolate mixture into them. Leave these to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours till they hold shape.
  5. Coffee Panna Cotta
  6. Sprinkle the gelatin over a 1/4 cup of milk and place the bowl over hot water for gelatin to melt.
  7. Bring the cream, sugar, coffee powder & remaining milk to a simmering boil over low heat, simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Take cream mixture off heat, whisk in the gelatin until mixed uniformly. Adjust sugar if required. Cool to room temperature and then pour over the set dark chocolate mousse.
  9. Chill until set for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Top with dark chocolate curls dusted with cocoa powder.


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“Chocolate is natures way of making up for Mondays”

Almost Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Cake Almost Flourless GF Bittersweet Chocolate Cake … just one of those thoughts you wake up with and possibly one of the easiest cakes to bake. One of the most indulgent as well, if you love intense, deep, dark chocolate that is. The cake tastes better the next day as it chills in the fridge, and the flavours mature.Almost Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate CakeSorry I keep going missing from the blog ever so often. Life seems to be on some kind of race track. Even though I don’t feel like I’m doing much, the months are galloping by. Bat an eye lid and you’re into the next month. I have dozens of unposted blogs in my drafts folder, all waiting in the sidelines for want of images to be processed. I promised myself in the beginning of the year that I would be better organized, blog more often, and what not.Clearly that didn’t happen! It’s simpler bakes like this that I feel the immediate need to share, like something that everyone should bake. It uses kitchen staples, minimal ingredients, is minimum fuss and quite delicious to serve up. If you don’t have ground oats, use normal ones. The texture might vary slightly. oats If you don’t have oats at all, think different flours. Wholewheat flour {aata} will work if GF is not your concern. Alternatively, you could use buckwheat flour {kuttu ka aata}, amaranth flour {rajgira}, even almond meal or walnut meal. If using different flours, please begin checking for doneness 45 minutes after you pop the cake in. Different flours, nut meals etc have different liquid absorption ratios. We wouldn’t want an over baked, or for that matter, an under baked cake, would we? Chocolate walnut gateauBaking with alternate grains and nut meals is always fun. Here’s a  Chocolate Walnut Gateau I baked with walnut meal and oats a short  while ago for Fit Foodie. It’s gluten free and quite moorish. You can find the recipe here. This Almost Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Cake is a twist on the first cake I ever baked for Saffola Oats at FitFoodie.in, one that was shot for Food Food channel too. Saffola recipes collageThe engagement was one of the best I had as it’s pushed me to experiment like never before. The collaboration continues and is a really enjoyable one.

[print_this]Recipe: Almost Flourless GF Bittersweet Chocolate Cake
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SummaryAlmost Flourless Bittersweet Chocolate Cake … one of the easiest cakes to bake. One of the most indulgent as well, if you love intense, deep, dark chocolate that is. The cake tastes better the next day as it chills in the fridge, and the flavours mature.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

  • 210g bittersweet couverture chocolate {70%}
  • 90g unsalted butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 25ml honey
  • 5eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 20g good quality cocoa powder
  • 20g oatmeal
  • 15g brown sugar for top


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C. Line the base of an 8″ dessert ring {or loose bottomed tin} with parchment paper, then wrap foil around.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and simmer over boiling water until the chocolate has melted {else microwave for one minute at a time on high}. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the brown sugar, honey, vanilla extract  and egg yolks.
  4. Fold in the cocoa powder and oatmeal.
  5. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold in 2 tbsp to loosen the chocolate mixture, then fold in half of the remaining beaten whites, then the rest.
  6. Turn batter into prepared tin, tap gently to level out, sprinkle over the remaining 15g of sugar.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until done. Tester should come out clean.
  8. Allow to cool completely in tin.
  9. Serve with salted butter caramel sauce, unsweetened single cream, ice cream, seasonal fruit or as is.
  10. The flavours mature after the cake sits overnight.


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 “It doesn’t matter where you’re from – or how you feel.
There’s always peace in a strong cup of coffee.”

Gabriel Bá

Coffee White Chocolate Panna Cotta Coffee White Chocolate Panna Cotta, time for an indulgent dessert that screams coffee! It’s been a busy few days, or maybe weeks. A lot happening on every possible front which barely leaves me time to blog. Sometimes I fall into a guilt trap for starving the poor hungry PAB, so I figured the sweet coffee indulgence should be a nice way to offload my guilt. This dessert rocked, the flavours of local Bru shone through, the taste nice and mature after an overnight chill! For those who know me, coffee is my first choice in dessert. Coffee in desserts @ PABOf course it’s another matter that I was in Bangalore a couple of days ago styling tea for a shoot; tea that was almost too pretty to brew!!

Rose Mist Summer Darjeeling White Tea ...almost to pretty to brewPanna cotta has been in the news at home of late for all sorts of reasons. Good because this was an experiment that rocked, and one that I have made several times over. Made it most recently for my friends from the Swiss Made Grand Tour crew who visited last week. Bad because it was part of a plagiarism row that hit our small local food bloggers community. A similar panna cotta recipe, Espresso Panna Cotta,  from PAB was one of many to be ‘copy pasted‘ verbatim! We live and learn, and hopefully ‘the copiers’ will too!

Espresso Panna Cotta

Coffee white chocolate panna cottaMoving on, it’s also a panna cotta coz I’m happy; happy about a media mention that The Asian Entrepreneur carried about me yesterday. It was quite a fun interview and I am eternally grateful to them for offering me such a wonderful platform.

Interview with Asian EntrepreneurThis calls for a cuppa coffee!!

[print_this]Recipe: Coffee White Chocolate Panna Cotta
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Summary: Indulgent, indulgent, indulgent. If you are a coffee lover, then this Coffee White Chocolate Panna Cotta is the dessert with you. The addition of good quality white chocolate adds depth and body to the dessert. Serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes {plus chilling time}

  • 65g good quality white couverture chocolate, chopped
  • 400ml  single cream {Amul low fat}
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 2tbsp instant coffee {Bru}
  • 100ml warm milk
  • 2tsp gelatin


  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the warm milk and leave to soften.
  2. Meanwhile, put the white chocolate, cream, brown sugar and coffee into a heavy bottom pan, and simmer over gentle heat.
  3. Stir the cream mixture and take off heat when small bubbles begin to appear around the edges at the bottom. Stir in the gelatin mix. Taste and adjust sugar if desired.
  4. Allow to cool until lukewarm, then pass through sieve and pour into serving glasses/bowls.
  5. Chill for at last 6-8 hours, better overnight.

Note: Top with a dark chocolate ganache for added indulgence. Or skip the coffee and add any flavour you like, then top with seasonal fruit or a fruit coulis.

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