Vanilla Rice Pudding & Chocolate Panna Cotta

October 6, 2010

Vanilla Rice Pudding & Chocolate Panna Cotta

Yes, I am giving away a box full of chocolate donated by Scharffen Berger in San Francisco. Head toward the end of the post for details on how to participate.

Back in June (wow that feels like an eternity...) I was part of a food blogging panel at Evo 10 with two wonderful ladies, Jane and Helen Jane. Yep, I am not making this up. We clearly sounded like a tribe "Hi! I'm Helen!" "And I am Jane!" "And I'm Helen Jane". They were handling the blogging part of our workshop and I was doing the photography part. Lots of fun and new friendships came out of this. Honest, comfortable and packed with belly laughing punctuated conversations.

There is a myriad of ways to blog and find your peace and balance. I don't think on it much. I am thrilled to make you discover bits about my home country, new recipes and techniques. It's a place for me to practice my crafts and hopefully to give you something enjoyable to look at and tempt you as well. I put a lot of hard work and dedication into this space and it has given me so much in return. Most of all, the possibility to connect with wonderful people all over the world and be able to live all sorts of experiences.

Vanilla Rice Pudding & Chocolate Panna Cotta

However, when Jane sent me an email asking me if I wanted to help her organize a little party during BlogHer Food this weekend, my first reaction was "ugh...I don't really have time to plan right now" but Jane came back with the words "what if it is a swanky chocolate filled little shingdig?". My reply? "go on, I'm listening..."

I have no idea how it all happened but before I knew it, I was part of a team of talented and generous ladies getting together venue, foods, libations and gifts for a party. I got worried that we would have to sell our souls to the Devil to make it happen but Jane & Kristen calmly said "We won't do any of that. Just sit pretty and eat your chocolate. Scharffen Berger is giving us tons for the party".

I am a milk chocolate kind of gal if you must know. I don't eat that much chocolate but when I do, it's the creamy kind that gets me all tingly. Add nuts and caramel bits and I will do just about anything...

Chocolate Panna Cotta

And that I did. And still do tonight as I am finishing packing for BlogHer Food. I can't wait to be there and see familiar faces and meet new ones. People I've been reading for years becoming even more real. I love that my schedule this weekend is a nice balance of work, play and unexpected.

There was a tad bit of planning to be done on the home front before heading out though. Mainly stocking the fridge with good foods and making sure that the important things were right in front of his eyes if B. opened up said fridge. There are now eight Vanilla Rice Pudding & Chocolate Panna Cotta facing him. Don't worry, he's got more nutritious foods to dig into.

I have no idea what got into me to combine panna cotta and rice pudding except my deepest love for both. I figured with the weather finally changing a bit we could try to get into Fall mood a little too and start simmering, stirring, chocolating again after the heat of the summer. It does feel nice to finally have that little crisp in the air as the sun rises over the water.

Vanilla Rice Pudding & Chocolate Panna Cotta

So I am not going to tell you that this post was made possible by the folks at Scharffen Berger who sent me chocolate because I would have made this recipe without them sending chocolate anyway. But...I would have used high quality chocolate like theirs nonetheless specifically because chocolate is in the front seat in this one.

What I am going to tell you is that they make some mighty fine chocolates and by using the 70% bittersweet chocolate bars, the panna cotta packed a good chocolate punch while remaining smooth as silk. To make sure you get the chance to feel the way we feel after sharing one of these, I asked if they'd let me have more chocolate to give away to one of you. I asked for "some chocolate" and they are sending a box full.

That's also why I love them. They know how good their craft is and are all about getting us addicted to it...eheheh. Did they ask or demand I post about them? Nope. I volunteered. That was a no brainer for me. Eat chocolate and giveaway some more on your blog. Make someone else happy.

Rice Pudding & Chocolate Panna Cotta

I am happy to be giving away a mixed box of Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder, 99% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar, 62% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate Baking Chunks and a few of their eating bars in various percentages courtesy of Scharffen Berger. To enter, you have until Monday October 11th, midnight Easter standard time to leave a comment on this post. (No anonymous comment). The winner will be picked at random by the closest person to me in the room (not kidding) - I'll be in San Francisco until Tuesday but I will make sure to get in touch with the winner.

Vanilla Rice Pudding & Chocolate Panna Cotta:
Serve 6 to 8

For the rice pudding:
1 cup rice (really the kind you like best)
1 1/2 cups (315ml) whole milk (I used raw)
1/2 vanilla bean, split open
1/2 cup (60ml) heavy cream
1/4 cup (50gr) sugar
Pinch of salt

For the chocolate panna cotta:
1 tablespoon powdered gelatin (2 sheets gelatin)
1/4 cup water
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup honey
8 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 cup Greek yogurt

Cocoa nibs, dusting of cocoa powder and fresh whipped cream (optional garnish)

Prepare the rice pudding:
In a stainer, rinse the rice under cold water for a minute to remove some of its natural starch.
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, bring the rice, milk, cream, sugar to a simmer. Scrape the seeds from inside the vanilla bean and add to the pan with the salt. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally for about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat. Let cool for a few minutes and divide the pudding evenly among ramekins. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap until you are ready to pour the panna cotta on top of the rice pudding.

Prepare the panna cotta:
Place the water in small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Reserve.
In a large heavy bottomed saucepan placed over medium heat, bring the milk, heavy cream, and honey to a simmer. When the cream is hot, remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until melted. Add the reserved gelatin and stir until it is completely dissolved. Add the yogurt and whisk vigorously until well blended.
Divide the mixture over the rice pudding ramekins. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving to let the cream set properly.
Garnish with cocoa nibs and whipped cream if desired.

Full disclosure:
The chocolate, cocoa powder and cocoa nibs used in this recipe were given by Scharffen Berger at no cost.


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Future Grown-Up said...

I'm not sure what you mean...Vanilla Rice Pudding and Chocolate Panna Cotta is perfectly nutritious. Dairy, Beans (vanilla),and rice are all on the list of foods we should have daily :)

Unknown said...

Yum! And beauitful! Looking forward to trying this...and to the possibility of some SB chocolate!

Jess said...

Chocolate panna cotta is the best!

Unknown said...

ooOoOoo! that looks amazing!

carole said...

my favorite past time is eating chocolate!!!! Pick me!!

linda said...

your photographs are beautiful & make me want to grab your spoons!
thank you for including me in this "sweet" giveaway!
all the best!

kiwiegirl said...

The chocolate panna cotta looks delish! I think I'm going to try that one out tonight - chocolate makes everything better

Arielle Rassel said...

Chocolate Panna Cotta... Yum. Panna Cotta is one of my favorite desserts, but it's always a toss-up between chocolate and vanilla... I had this one once that seemed to be chocolate on top and transition to vanilla on bottom seamlessly, and I reallllly want to know how they did it!

Annie said...

Your photography is so stunning and I'm a huge fan of Scharffen Berger Chocolate! Wonderful post. said...

Great seeing you this weekend! The Petite Soirée was a wonderful event & I am so happy I was able to take part in the festivities.
As fas as SB chocolate goes, I only love the good stuff & this is the great stuff! If I was lucky enough to win you can pass this on to the next guy as I too have a huge supply of SB all to myself all ready :) xo

Ellen said...

I was in SF this summer and so sad to find out the SB factory was no longer open :(

Cyn said...

Mmm, chocolate. I love rice pudding and panna cotta, so I'll have to make these soon.
It's hard to get good baking/cooking chocolate around here, but where there's a will ...

Patricia Scarpin said...

That is a brand of chocolate we cannot find here in Brazil, unfortunately. I wish I'm lucky enough to win!
In the meantime, I'll be trying this beautiful recipe, Helen - love both panna cotta AND rice pudding (the latter reminds of my mom and I make it everytime I miss her).

Ella said...

This looks so good! I think it will be my recipe to make for this weekend! Thanks!

TheresaSea said...

Mmmmm! Those look delicious! :)

Cristina said...

I haven't had rice pudding in ages...I can't wait to try this. Your images and recipes are always so inspiring.

Andrea from Toronto said...

um, yes please. and thank you.

SquashedTwinkie said...

I just made this dessert last night. The rice pudding and panna cotta (pre-chiled) tasted great. I can't wait to taste the end result after chilling tonight!

Life with Dachshunds said...

Just reading the post is relaxing! The chocolate looks amazing!

Elana said...

This is an impressive array of comments. I'm gonna throw mine in there because it's for a good cause - chocolate!

valerie said...

i would love some dark chocolate just about now!

siteler ankara said...

nice post thank you very much..

The Crafty Penguin said...

Wow - this looks delicious!

ania said...

mmmmmmm, this looks amazing!

Sara said...

Oh my goodness, a box of chocolate would be incredible!

Luisa Morón said...

que receta mas rica. Y que fotos. ¿donde compras esos cuencos de porcelana? es que me encantan. Bss.

Luisa Morón said...

Me encantan las fotos y recetas , donde compras esos cuencos de porcelana ?


Beth Fontenot said...

This is now a family favorite - together, or each part separately. I love the freshness of the Greek yogurt with the chocolate! My daughter's decided to go back to vegetarianism, so I'm going to try it with veg gelatin substitute this week. Thanks for a great recipe!!

ExpatCentral said...

I made this version(panna cotta only) for my husband's birthday yesterday, and he adored it. Can't wait to do it again, this time with the rice pudding. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!

Ella said...

I am SO happy that sitting halfway around the world, in Israel, I stumbled upon your blog.

The only thing that could distract me from my current peach-craze (and your wonderful list of recipeaches - cute, by the way) is my love for chocolate and such a fantastic recipe as this! THANK YOU...I must make it immediately, if not sooner.


ninahenz said...

I have never had chocolate panna cotta but it sounds heavenly! And with cocoa nibs on top? Oh my

ninahenz said...

I have never had chocolate panna cotta but it sounds heavenly.. and with cocoa nibs on top? Oh my

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