Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta and Soft-Centered Chocolate Teacup Cakes

Both of the Tuesdays with Dorie February selections from Baking Chez Moi feature chocolate.

I prepared the Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta for Valentine's Day.  I like to make panna cotta because it is easy, yet so elegant.

The recipe really did end up tasting like a cold hot chocolate.  My chocolate was a little granular.  I may have over heated or under melted the bittersweet chocolate, or perhaps I should have sifted the cocoa.  The liquid is strained twice before is is poured into the serving dishes.  I used my finest strainer and still the chocolate was not smooth.  The taste was good nonetheless.

I baked the second recipe, the Soft-Centered Chocolate Teacup Cakes, yesterday.  These were extremely easy to put together: melt butter and chocolate, beat eggs with icing sugar, add flour to the egg mixture, and then add the melted chocolate mixture.  I wasn't sure how my teacups would fare in the oven so I baked the cakes in Pyrex custard cups.  These cakes are really delicious.  I will definitely make them again.