white chocolate panna cotta

Need a dessert recipe that tastes like you spent hours and hours on it? Look no further than this white chocolate panna cotta.  It’s an Italian treat, similar to Bavarian cream,  made with sweetened cream, typically thickened with gelatin, and then set in a mold.  You can add tons of flavors here – rum, caramel, coffee – the list goes on.  Top it with berries, chocolate or any kind of syrup.  Here’s my base for this yummy goodness:

1 (1/4-oz.) envelope unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups very cold milk
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
1/4 cup sugar (if you like it sweeter, add a bit more)
  1. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl; stir until moistened. Let stand 5 minutes.

2. Cook whipping cream, chocolate morsels, and sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until morsels are melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and add gelatin mixture, stirring until mixture is dissolved. Stir in remaining 1 1/4 cups milk.

3. Pour mixture evenly into 4 to 6 glasses or 6 (8-oz.) ramekins. Cover and chill 24 hours.

4.  Top with dark chocolate shavings, mint springs and raspberries.