Chocolate Panna Cotta with Spiced Pepita Brittle – Italian Recipe

 

This light, silky chocolate pannacotta tastes a lot like hot cocoa in custard form. The brittle is very easy to make; heat water and sugar on the stove, swirl in butter and spiced pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds), then let cool….Well, here is the complete recipe:

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Spiced Pepita Brittle

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 2 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup salted roasted pepitas
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter

 

Instructions:

  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the powdered gelatin over 1/4 cup of the milk and let stand until the gelatin is softened about 5 minutes. In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 2 1/2 cups of milk with 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the salt and bring just to a simmer over moderate Remove the milk from the heat and whisk in the softened gelatin until dissolved.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt the chopped chocolate at high power in 10-second intervals. Gradually whisk in the hot milk mixture until creamy. Strain the pannacotta mixture through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup.
  • Lightly brush six 1/2-cup ramekins with oil and set them on a baking sheet. Carefully fill the ramekins with the pannacotta mixture and refrigerate them for about 2 hours, until the Panna cottas are firm.
  • Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or lightly oiled parchment paper. In a small bowl, toss the pepitas with the cinnamon and nutmeg. In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar with 1/3 cup of water and cook over high heat, swirling the pan gently, until a medium amber caramel forms, about 6 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and swirl in the butter and spiced pepitas. Pour the brittle onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it in a very thin layer. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes, then crack it into shards.
  • Run a knife around the Panna cottas and invert onto plates. Garnish with the pepitas shards and serve.

MAKE AHEAD: The Panna cottas can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. The pepita brittle can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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