I know, I’ve told you repeatedly that panna cotta’s are my new dessert fave: Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Cranberry Port Glaze, Pumpkin Spice Chai Panna Cotta, Peach and Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Strawberry Buttermilk Panna Cotta, Coffee Panna Cotta with Biscoff Cookie Crumbs, and there are even more!!
One of the reasons is because of the yummy raw milk that we get from our herd share. We get it in two half gallon mason jars and they both have a layer of rich cream at the top. So, I have lots of milk to use up and I can think of no better way to use it up then with a panna cotta, though now that the weather is warming up, I’ll probably switch over to something frozen.
I was in the mood for something chocolate (pretty much an everyday mood), when I stumbled upon Mint Chocolate Chip Panna Cotta at Serious Eats. Mint chocolate chip was always my favorite flavor of ice cream to get, you know when you had 31 flavors to choose from, so this sounded perfect.
And it was. Sort of. First of all, I used my DIY Mint Extract and it was wonderful. The base of the this panna cotta with the mint extract and the vanilla was so good, that if you don’t care for chocolate, would be perfectly lovely all by itself. Where the recipe fell apart for me was the addition of the chocolate. The recipe tells you to chill the panna cotta until it is thick. While it is chilling, you are to melt the chocolate until is liquid, but not hot. I don’t know how to make hard chocolate liquid without it being hot! Then you are supposed to drizzle the chocolate over the panna cotta and as it hardens, stir to break it up. Well, my chocolate didn’t really drizzle, it was more of a pour. The panna cotta was not cold enough for it to immediately harden, instead it just sort of lumped together in a ball with the consistency of a slightly hard peanut butter.
I think next time I will allow the panna cotta to chill and then top with a chocolate layer on top, so that as you break through it you get a little bit of chocolate with your minty panna cotta. What do you think?
Follow the link above and give it a try and let me know how it worked for you, or if you tried a different way. I will definitely make this again, probably in a frozen variety!