Nutella Panna Cotta is not a difficult dessert. But it is a delicious and impressive dessert. This is will be your go-to dessert for every occasion.
Whether it’s the special finish to Valentine’s Day dinner, Easter lunch dessert or a treat for your family, this Nutella Panna Cotta is it. You are going to be very popular!
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Why you’ll love this recipe
As you know, panna cotta mean “cooked cream” in Italian but actually the cream is simply heated and not “cooked”. While I’ve made panna cotta before it took me a few times to get this Nutella Panna Cotta recipe to have just the right jiggle.
Also I like to substitute part of the cream for milk which results in a lighter panna cotta.
This Nutella Panna Cotta can be set in ramekins and then turned out onto individual plates to serve. Or much easier, just set the Nutella Panna Cotta in dessert glasses ready for serving.
- pouring cream
- gelatine powder
- vanilla extract
- Stir gelatine into water and allow to bloom.
- Heat cream, milk, Nutella, sugar and vanilla until combined.
- Heat gelatine in microwave until just melted.
- Stir gelatine into hot cream mixture.
- Allow to cool in the fridge, stirring occasionally
- When cold but still liquid, pour into glasses or ramekins.
- Chill until set.
Tips for success and FAQ’s
Nutella Panna Cotta should be barely set with a jiggly wobble. Many panna cotta recipes use gelatine leaves but I don’t find these very user friendly. Firstly, gelatine leaves vary in strength and many recipes don’t state which type is used. And while gelatine leaves are a favourite with chefs, powdered gelatine is more likely to be found in all supermarkets and is easy to measure and use.
Simply sprinkle the gelatine powder over room temperature water, mix and allow to “bloom” which means to just soak the gelatine in the water for 10 minutes. Once bloomed, melt it briefly in the microwave but don’t allow it to boil.
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Nutella Panna Cotta Recipe
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons gelatin powder See Note 1
- 1 ⅓ cups (320mls) heavy cream See Note 2
- ½ cup (120mls) whole milk
- ½ cup (120mls) Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
- 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- chopped roasted hazelnuts and chocolate flakes for decorating
- Pour water in a a small bowl and sprinkle over gelatine. Stir to combine. Set aside to bloom.
- In a medium saucepan place cream, milk, Nutella, sugar, vanilla and salt.
- Place over medium heat. Stir to combine and melt sugar and Nutella. Taste for sweetness and adjust sugar accordingly.
- Remove from heat when you can see steam rising from the surface and all ingredients are combined. Do not allow to boil.
- Place bowl of bloomed gelatine in microwave on high power for 8 – 10 seconds to just melt.
- Pour melted gelatine into cream mixture. Stir well.
- Allow to cool in the refrigerator, stirring regularly to prevent skin forming on the top.
- In the meantime, have ready 4 ramekins or 4 dessert glasses. If you are planning to turn out the panna cotta, lightly oil the ramekins.
- When cool but still liquid, pour cream mixture into ramekins or glasses.
- Return to refrigerator for 3 – 4 hours or overnight to set completely.
- Decorate with hazelnuts and chocolate before serving.
- The gelatin powder used is platinum strength. As a guide, 2 teaspoons will set 2 cups plus 4 teaspoons of liquid (or 2 metric cups (500mls).
- Be sure to use heavy cream NOT cream that has thickeners added. Thickened cream has additives which will result in a much more firm panna cotta. Nice but not what you are after.
Nutritional Estimate Per Serving
Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. For accurate results, it is recommended that the nutritional information be calculated based on the ingredients and brands you use.