Dessert & Baked Goods » Chocolate Panna Cotta
Panna cotta is a creamy Italian pudding-type dessert made by simmering cream, milk, sugar and gelatin. Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter offers up a 20 minute version using agar (also known as agar-agar) powder as a thickening agent instead of gelatin. Why use agar? It sets much more quickly than gelatin, but importantly for vegetarians, agar is plant-based as opposed to the animal-derived gelatin. A fresh vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate shine through beautifully in this deceptively simple and delicious dessert.