Recipe: Mocha panna cotta with amaretto cherries

Recipe: Mocha panna cotta with amaretto cherries

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Recipe: Mocha panna cotta with amaretto cherries

This adult-worthy panna cotta is like pudding with a twist, featuring the bold taste of espresso and the sour punch of amaretto-soaked cherries.

Featuring the bold taste of espresso, sour punch of amaretto-soaked cherries and a rich, velvety chocolate body it’s safe to say that holiday entertaining just got a whole lot easier thanks to mocha panna cotta.




  • 3 cups 35% cream
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp chopped good-quality dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp instant espresso powder
  • 2 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 3 cups cherries
  • 4 tbsp amaretto liqueur
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice



1 In a medium saucepan, combine the cream, sugar, ½ cup of the chocolate and the espresso. Let simmer over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for 20 minutes.

2 Meanwhile, pour 6 tablespoons of water into a shallow bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir ½ cup of the chocolate mixture into the bowl. Pour the whole gelatin mixture into the saucepan, stirring slowly to dissolve.

3 Divide the panna cotta evenly among 8 glasses. Carefully place the filled glasses in the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

4 Remove the pits from the cherries and slice them into halves or quarters. Combine with the amaretto and lemon juice in a bowl. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight.

5 To serve, top each glass with ¼ cup of the soaked cherries and syrup. Garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons chopped chocolate.

Makes 8 cups.

Tip: Make your own chocolate shavings for your panna cotta by lightly scraping a vegetable peeler over a block of chocolate.


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Recipe: Mocha panna cotta with amaretto cherries