Thursday, February 10, 2011

Espresso Panna Cotta

Our friend Scott makes some of the best grilled meats that we have ever tasted.  Recently we invited him and his wife to enjoy our cooking club as guests.   One of our members was unable to attend, so Scott was assigned the dessert course.  Even though this took the grill master out of his comfort zone, he accepted the challenge and delivered a fabulous panna cotta.


Espresso Panna Cotta
Recipe from Tyler Florence and prepared/tweaked by Scott Rainey
Serves 8-10


Ingredients

Cocoa Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Scott tweak: 1 teaspoon kahlua 

Espresso Panna Cotta:
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon espresso beans, roughly ground
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 orange, peel only
1 teaspoon powdered gelatin
Scott tweak: 2 tablespoons chocolate shaving

Directions:
Add the cocoa powder to the heavy cream for the cocoa whipped cream.  Stir well to combine and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Begin preparing the panna cotta by placing the heavy cream, ground espresso beans, sugar and orange peel in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  Bring to a simmer, turn off the heat, and steep for 6-8 minutes.

Add the powdered gelatin and using a whisk stir over low heat, to warm the mixture and dissolve the gelatin.  Do not let it simmer.  Strain the mixture through a fine sieve (this not only removes the peel and the espresso beans, but also any undissolved gelatin), pour into the individual espresso cups.  Cover with plastic, and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

Once you put these in the refrigerator you can finish preparing the cocoa whipped cream (alternately, you can do it just before you serve the panna cotta).  Whip the cocoa cream until begins to thicken and then add the confectioners' sugar.  Whip until soft peaks form and serve over each panna cotta.

Enjoy!

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46 comments:

Bo said...

Coffee and chocolate...two of my favorites!

Rita said...

This sounds creamy good; would love to have him as a friend. Someday you will have ask him to devulge his secreats for his grilled meat

Nisrine, Dinners and Dreams said...

Espresso and kahlua...I'm sold. Oh, yum!

Pam said...

I have been craving chocolate lately!

Eliana said...

Hmmm - this looks glorious. I'm not normally a fan of coffee or chocolate but together I do love.

Design Wine and Dine said...

This looks/sounds like heaven in a glass!!! Creamy, rich, chocolate deliciousness! He delivered for sure!!!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Creamy goodness. I really love that flavor combination.

Farmchick said...

This looks wonderful.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I can just imagine how this must taste...like heaven! ♥♥♥

Claudia said...

Creamy coffee and chocolate - I would say he delivered. Sumptuous!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Wow, that's pretty and looks fantastic.

smalltownoven said...

Mmm looks delicious! I can never get enough of coffee flavored desserts :)

Susan Fields said...

That looks so, so good! Chocolate and coffee together - yum!

That Girl said...

I love panna cotta. It's my favorite dessert to make. I make an esperanto panna cotta with chocolate sauce that is always a hit

paulakiger said...

Wow this looks good!!

UrMomCooks said...

Divine!!! (Tyler Florence is kind of awesome...I only recently started making his food...) Perfect ending to your party!

Faith said...

This is beautiful and would be just perfect for Valentine's Day!

teresa said...

mmm, i've never had panna cotta, but it looks and sounds divine!

Bridgett said...

Yes please! Wow, that looks so rich and scrumptious.

Carol said...

I've never had panna cotta and I think I need to fix that, it looks absolutely fantastic!

Juliana said...

Wow, what a nice combination of flavors...so rich and tasty...beautifully done...

Reeni said...

That looks positively luscious! I never made a panna cotta - must remedy that immediately!

Raina said...

Oh wow! This sounds fantastic and looks beautiful too:)

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

Ooooh Kahlua, Chocolate and espresso - YUM! What a fabulous dinner club you have - Cheers!

farmlady said...

I would eat anything made by Tyler Florence but this is the best "tweaking" of one of his recipes I have ever seen.
Good going "grill master" Scott. Killer dessert. WOW!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Oh, this looks divine! Wish I could have a spoonful! Have a great weekend!

Mary

Anncoo said...

I love Kahlua that I like to add in my bakes and this is sound so good with expresso too :)

Abbey said...

Oh wow. This sounds amazing. I love coffee flavored anything, and the stronger the coffee flavor, the better in my book. I will have to try this-thanks!

Cathy said...

What a beautiful dessert. I love how easily it goes together and think Scott's tweaks are great. Have a lovely Valentine's Day, Velva.

Katerina said...

I love Kahlua gives such a beautiful flavor. This pannacotta looks awesome.

Joanne said...

OH MY this looks INCREDIBLE!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Ooooh, that looks delicious! I love the way the cocoa whipped cream is piped onto the panna cotta. Pretty with the white and dark chocolate shavings too. I would say he did a great job stepping out of his comfort zone!

Victoria said...

Espresso panna cotta with cocoa whipped cream? This is pure decadence! This would satisfy any coffee or chocolate fix, I'm sure :)

Chow and Chatter said...

oh my love this coffee desserts heaven give the okra recipe a try may surprise u lol

ann said...

This looks so great. You've got a talented friend!

Tanvi said...

Oh my ..I am so much in love with coffee and cream flavors.Love Love this panacotta with orange touch.

grace said...

some people just have the touch, and it seems like scott is one of those people! i don't typically like coffee-flavored desserts, but this looks too velvety to resist. :)

tasteofbeirut said...

I like the creative presentation of this panna cotta. I love desserts with coffee, have tried to make one with Turkish coffee.

Verde Farm said...

Velva, this sounds wonderful. I love chocolate and coffee ice cream and I know I would love this :)

Kathleen said...

My favorite combination!

nanny said...

Yum.....looks so fluffy!!!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love coffee desserts. Panna cotta is one of my favorites - so easy and endless variations.

LindyLouMac said...

What fun it is to be part of a cooking club, well done Scott.

Megan said...

Panna cotta is one of my most favorite desserts (I have some setting up in the fridge right now). An espresso version with cocoa whipped cream would be to die for!

Allison said...

This looks DIVINE! I kinda love Tyler Florence. Can't wait to browse all of your cooking club posts!

kitchenmorph said...

i would like to do a wordless wednesday on this...absolutely delectable!

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