You don’t know this about me (but you’ve probably guessed), but I love to entertain. We didn’t do it much growing up, but as soon as I got to college my roommates and I, with our neighbors, would have weekly dinners in a potluck sort of fashion. Since then I have always loved welcoming friends and family into my home for a meal. So I’m always looking for new ideas to roll out when we have company. I love a dessert that I can make ahead and serve as an individual portion and this coffee panna cotta is perfect. It saves me time and keeps me from having to run around and serve folks, which means more time for conversation and laughs.
I’ve been wanting to do a panna cotta style dessert for a while. Truth be told, this is somewhere between a budino and a panna cotta because it does have egg yolks in it for richness. A panna cotta is basically just sweetened cream set with gelatin and a budino is closer to a pudding. The marriage of these two desserts turned out, honestly, better than I hoped for. I love coffee and chocolate together and when you enjoy the whole coffee panna cotta it seriously reminded me of like a mud pie ice cream sundae. This was just one of those desserts that I loved everything about and wouldn’t change anything! That seriously never happens in our household. I’m constantly tweaking a recipe until I die, basically. Not this time. This was everything I wanted it to be and more and I hope you’ll enjoy making it for your loved ones as much as I did. Happy cooking!