Green tea & vanilla pannacotta with chocolate sauce

Vanilla Panna Cotta

Serves 4

  • 100 ml milk

  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds removed

  • 3 green tea bags, or 2 heaped tablespoons of green tea

  • 350 ml double cream

  • 1¼ leaves beef gelatine, soaked in water

  • 70 g icing sugar

  • 30 g caster sugar

  • 150 ml water

  • 1 level tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 100 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces

Put the milk, vanilla pod and seeds, tea bags or tea and half the cream in a small pan and slowly simmer for about 10 minutes until reduced by a third. Remove from the heat and extract the tea bags (put the mixture through a sieve if you've used loose tea or your tea bags have burst). Squeeze out the gelatine, discarding the soaking water, then stir the gelatine into the tea mixture and leave to dissolve. Allow to cool a little, then place in the fridge, stirring occasionally until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove the vanilla pod.



Whip together the icing sugar and the remaining cream. Mix the two cream mixtures together. Divide into four metal moulds (small glasses or cappuccino cups also work well). Cover and chill for at least an hour.



Meanwhile, place the caster sugar, the water and the cocoa in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat and stir in the broken chocolate. Stir until dissolved and warm briefly before serving.



To serve, sometimes I dip the mould or cup into some simmering water to loosen the pannacotta, then turn it out on to a plate and spoon the chocolate sauce around it, or – especially if you feel the mixture is a bit wet – you can simply serve the dessert in its cup with chocolate sauce poured over the top.

Nutritional Information

Green tea & vanilla pannacotta with chocolate sauce

A twist on the classic Italian dessert

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Half milk and half cream, this light pannacotta recipe just melts on your tongue
Serves 4
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Pannacotta is a fantastic Italian dessert – it basically means boiled cream. My recipe is half milk and half cream, so it's not too heavy when it dissolves on your tongue. I've used green tea to flavour it, which has no relevance to Italy but works so well, especially with the chocolate sauce.

Put the milk, vanilla pod and seeds, tea bags or tea and half the cream in a small pan and slowly simmer for about 10 minutes until reduced by a third. Remove from the heat and extract the tea bags (put the mixture through a sieve if you've used loose tea or your tea bags have burst). Squeeze out the gelatine, discarding the soaking water, then stir the gelatine into the tea mixture and leave to dissolve. Allow to cool a little, then place in the fridge, stirring occasionally until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove the vanilla pod.

Whip together the icing sugar and the remaining cream. Mix the two cream mixtures together. Divide into four metal moulds (small glasses or cappuccino cups also work well). Cover and chill for at least an hour.

Meanwhile, place the caster sugar, the water and the cocoa in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat and stir in the broken chocolate. Stir until dissolved and warm briefly before serving.

To serve, sometimes I dip the mould or cup into some simmering water to loosen the pannacotta, then turn it out on to a plate and spoon the chocolate sauce around it, or – especially if you feel the mixture is a bit wet – you can simply serve the dessert in its cup with chocolate sauce poured over the top.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 608
    30%
  • Carbs 36.3g
    14%
  • Sugar 34.6g 38%
  • Fat 54.3g 78%
  • Saturates 33.8g 169%
  • Protein 6.8g 15%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 100 ml milk

  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds removed

  • 3 green tea bags, or 2 heaped tablespoons of green tea

  • 350 ml double cream

  • 1¼ leaves beef gelatine, soaked in water

  • 70 g icing sugar

  • 30 g caster sugar

  • 150 ml water

  • 1 level tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 100 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces