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Chocolate Panna Cotta with Caramelised Pears & Hazelnut cookies

Another perfect date night dessert, such amazing flavours and textures. Best of all, so easy to make!


Here is what you will need.


Ingredients: serves 4


For the Chocolate decoration

150g 70% chocolate


For the Panna Cotta

125ml Double Cream

125ml Whole Milk

1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder

25g Caster Sugar

2 Gelatin sheets

1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla bean paste


For the Caramelised Pears

4 Pears

50g Caster sugar


For the Hazelnut cookies

60g Hazelnuts skinned, shelled & toasted

85g Unsalted Butter

50g Caster Sugar

100g plain Flour


Method:


Chocolate decoration

Heat the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water or melt in the microwave. When melted, using a spoon make swiggly decorations onto parchment paper or a silicone mat and then put into the fridge to harden until ready to serve.


Panna cotta You will need 4 medium sized dariole moulds. Heat the cream, milk, caster sugar, vanilla seeds, and cocoa powder in a saucepan. When it starts to come to boil, remove from the heat. Soak the gelatine in cold water then squeeze out the excess water and whisk into the mixture. Next, put the mixture into the moulds and into the fridge to set until ready to plate. This will take just over 2 hours or can be made the night before.


Caramelised Pears

Peel the pears, and take out the core. Slice into eighths and put the caster sugar onto a plate. Coat the pears with sugar. Put into a hot frying pan to caramelise. This should take around 5minutes.


Hazelnut biscuits

Preheat oven to 160c/370f. Toast the hazelnuts in the oven for 4-5 minutes on a tray. Remove and blitz in a food processor until ground. Or you can buy pre ground hazelnut meal. Then cream the butter and the caster sugar together in a mixing bowl. Stir in the nuts and plain flour to the mixture. Knead the mixture then roll it out to 5mm thick. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out circles and put onto a non-stick baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes until they are coloured slightly. You want the biscuit to be hardened a bit on the bottom but soft on the top as when it cools it will harden. Leave to cool on a wire rack until ready to serve.


To plate, dip the dariole mould in boiling water to release the panna cotta and flip out onto the plate. Serve with the hazelnut cookies and pears on the side. Place the chocolate decoration on the top of the panna cotta and serve immediately.


ENJOY!


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