Make Ahead

Indulgent Panna Cotta

February  2, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

I have been thinking about making panna cotta for a long time and this is the result of my first attempt. It is creamy, a little smoky, and incredibly decadent. The bits of ground espresso that end up in your cup (or ramekin) make a rich dark top to your panna cotta. —gingerroot

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/4 cups cream
  • 3 black cardamom pods
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely ground espresso
  • 4 tablespoons Cold water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup cup milk
  • 3/4 cup cream
  1. BEGIN ONE DAY AHEAD: In a saucepan, combine cream, cardamom pods, sugar and espresso. Bring to a simmer; cook for 5 minutes, whisking to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass measuring cup, let mixture sit for one hour. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge overnight.
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water. Without stirring, allow mixture to sit for five minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, pour chilled cream mixture through a sieve into a saucepan. I wanted to get the most mileage out of my cardamom pods, so I picked them out of the sieve and popped them back into the pot. Use a spatula to help push out all the cream (its okay if some of the espresso ends up back in the pot). Bring mixture to a simmer, add gelatin, whisking constantly to dissolve. Cook for a minute more.
  4. Add milk and remaining cream (or half and half), bring to a simmer, whisking to combine. Cook for a minute more.
  5. Strain mixture through a sieve set over a glass measuring cup. Allow mixture to cool for a bit. While mixture is cooling, prepare six ramekins or coffee cups by spraying with non-stick spray. Evenly divide mixture into cups, scraping the sides of the measuring cup with a spatula. Cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  6. Enjoy straight out of ramekins or cups, or to release panna cotta, run a sharp knife around edge of container and briefly dip bottom into a bowl of hot water. Carefully invert onto a plate and serve.

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  • boulangere
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  • Midge

Recipe by: gingerroot

My most vivid childhood memories have to do with family and food. As a kid, I had the good fortune of having a mom who always encouraged trying new things, and two grandmothers who invited me into their kitchens at a young age. I enjoy cooking for the joy it brings me - sharing food with loved ones - and as a stress release. I turn to it equally during good times and bad. Now that I have two young children, I try to be conscientious about what we cook and eat. Right about the time I joined food52, I planted my first raised bed garden and joined a CSA; between the two I try to cook as sustainably and organically as I can. Although I'm usually cooking alone, my children are my favorite kitchen companions and I love cooking with them. I hope when they are grown they will look back fondly at our time spent in the kitchen, as they teach their loved ones about food-love. Best of all, after years on the mainland for college and graduate school, I get to eat and cook and raise my children in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. When I'm not cooking, I am helping others grow their own organic food or teaching schoolchildren about art.

9 Reviews

Madhuja February 6, 2016
I LOVE coffee and cardamom together! We would put green cardamom in our coffee in India - but I have never had it with black cardamom. Sounds so good!
gingerroot February 10, 2016
Thanks Madhuja! When I posted this I had just discovered black cardamom and started experimenting with the flavor profile.
boulangere April 15, 2011
gingerroot April 15, 2011
Thanks, boulangere! I hope you'll try it.
gingerroot February 21, 2011
Thanks all for your thoughtful comments!! The cream and espresso are a natural pair, adding the cardamom gives it an interesting smoky note. I am a little embarrassed to admit that I ate two in a row when they were ready to eat (just to make sure it was ok, of course...:)).

Sara, I used Stumptown Hair Bender espresso again - love that stuff!!
hardlikearmour February 21, 2011
I'm biased, of course, but Stumptown is the best :) And I've eaten way more than my fair share of pudding this week end!
Sagegreen February 20, 2011
Sultry and sumptuous!
hardlikearmour February 20, 2011
Not sure how I missed this in the cardamom contest. Sounds yummy. Love the black cardamom & coffee combo!
Midge February 20, 2011
I've never made panna cotta either, but this sounds like a great place to start. Yum!