Chocolate Panna Cotta with Agar Agar | How to make Chocolate Panna Cotta without Gelatin

>>  Sunday, August 18, 2013

For the second day of making Member's choice, I decided to make Pannacotta. Pannacotta is from Italian which means literally cooked cream. It is a dessert made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar, mixing this with gelatin, and letting it cool. Panna cotta is normally made with gelatin, since the time I knew that gelatin has animal bones, I stopped using it if I have to eat.

So I had this Agar Agar or China Grass powder always stocked with me. Imagine after getting it a while ago, I finally made this. After deciding to make Panna cotta, I had to make it with chocolate what with the kids wanting to eat only chocolate. Today being a Sunday, I decided to serve this for lunch dessert. Kids were eagerly waiting for this.

Though I had couple of recipes written down, I wanted to refer what's online. I remember Pavani making it for one of the BM, so thought I would check it out and see if I could adapt that recipe. It turned out that it was pretty much easy and it was quick to make it. So here I am done, chilled and cleaned the plates as well. Veena got those cute little hearts and I wanted to use them right away. Those looked so cute that I was drooling over those cuties.

Chinnu as always was little hesitant about this, however after one bite, he was grabbing for more. The last picture was the one I was serving them right away and the last bit had a heart and I couldn't avoid not clicking a picture. And I had to curb the need to upload some more as I had clicked in many angles, I had to remove them. Afterall however way I showed, it was sure to make everyone fall more for this..:)

Sending this to Nisha, who is hosting my Kid's Delight, themed on After school bites

Step by Step pictures for making Chocolate Panna Cotta with Agar Agar

Chocolate Panna Cotta without Gelatin (with Agar Agar)

Ingredients Needed:

Heavy Cream - 11/4 cups
Milk - 1 1/4 cups
Agar Agar powder (China grass) - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Dark Chocolate, chopped - 1/4 cup
Milk Chocolate, chopped - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 1tsp

Molds - I used 4 ramekins, 4 small serving bowls, 1 medium serving bowl.

How to make the Chocolate Panna Cotta

Keep molds ready.

In a thick bottom pan, combine heavy cream, milk and sugar, bring the mixture to a boil. This takes about 5 mins.

Lower the heat and add the agar powder. Whisk vigorously until it completely dissolves; simmer for 2-3 minutes.

MW the chocolates for 30 secs - 1 min to melt.

Remove from heat and then stir in melted chocolate. Whisk well to combine the chocolate into the milk.

Next add the vanilla and mix again.

Pour the mixture into the selected molds/ bowls. Cool a little bit, then refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours.

When ready to serve, dip the mold in hot water and run a sharp paring knife around the edges and then invert onto the serving plate.

Dust with cocoa powder and sprinkle the hearts for decoration, serve.

Alternatively you can serve with whipped cream, ice cream and grated chocolate.

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vaishali sabnani August 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM  

Valli I am a kid too..chocolate is ny favorite flavor too..and the hearts are so cute..looks really tempting.

Priya Suresh August 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM  

Wat an incredible dessert, prefect treat for a chocoholic person like me, such an elegant pannacotta Valli.

Manjula Bharath August 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM  

panna cotta looks super delicious dear :)

Ramya Krishnamurthy August 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM  

creamy dessert akka and love the creamy the presentation

Sapana Behl August 18, 2013 at 9:19 PM  

Looks so yum , I want to grab that last bite with heart..

The Pumpkin Farm August 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM  

the second last pic won me over blindly, i am so much looking forward to making my first panna cotta , i hope it is chocolate based

Angie Schneider August 18, 2013 at 9:39 PM  

Definitely a keeper! They look divine.

Jayanthi Padmanabhan August 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM  

Cute little hearts. Wonderfully done Panacotta

Gayathri Kumar August 19, 2013 at 8:25 PM  

Love the addition of chocolate in pannacotta. Looks fabulous

Preetha Soumyan August 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM  

Oh God.. valli i cant take my eyes off from those pics..... its defenitely eye catching one... and i have to say very good presentattion.. i loved those small bowls.....anything served in white looks so good..

Pavani N August 20, 2013 at 1:51 AM  

You are tempting us with the clicks Valli. Making me want to make them again soon. Thank you for the mention :-)

Nalini's Kitchen August 21, 2013 at 4:24 AM  

Super delicious pannacotta,looks fabulous..

Sreevalli E August 21, 2013 at 5:55 AM  

So tempting ..

Harini-Jaya R August 26, 2013 at 6:11 AM  

lovely! A chocolate lover's paradise!

Veena Theagarajan August 28, 2013 at 7:18 AM  

tempting dessert..

veena krishnakumar August 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM  

the toppings look so cute valli...

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