Pink Panna Cotta with White Chocolate and Cherries is just the deliciously romantic dessert you’ve been looking for on Pinterest!
It’s super easy to make and is a great do-ahead dessert. You can make it the day before, or even two days before Valentine’s Day. You’ll want time on Valentine’s to get ready for your “date night”, right? Well, this dessert solves that problem, and then some!
On Valentine’s day, you’ll just need to un-mold, plate, pour your sauces, and voilà! You’ve got a fabulous, delicious and gorgeous creation to share with your sweetheart.
Q: What are Valentine’s Day “LOVE TOKENS”?
A: 9 I-O-U’s from YOU to your VALENTINE. And they don’t cost a penny, just love!
I wanted to create a gift that’s clever for Valentine’s day, but didn’t cost much. Well, not only did I come up with a really cute idea, but it doesn’t cost a penny!
The only expense is your “love”. Why not give them 9 different “love tokens” to redeem at a later date, or start on Valentine’s night…
Of course, you can print out multiple copies and give more than 9, OR customize the MIX of tokens to your liking.
You can use something you have lying around the house, or purchase a “Valentine’s” themed container. If you want to keep the gift “priceless”, as in NO money spent, a be-ribboned mason jar is great! Who doesn’t have one hanging around? You?
Here’s some ideas on how you can package your Valentine’s “Love Tokens”:
Did you see my post on Valentine’s Day Fancy Candy Hearts & Gift Tags?
Click on the link and check out the gorgeous candies you can make for your Valentine, family and friends. AND ALL IN ONE AFTERNOON while you’re watching a great rom-com!
They’re double deckers with fabulously fancy tops that are lots of fun to make and eat! You can get as elaborate as you want, or keep it simple with sprinkles. Whatever your style, they’ll be “pretty delicious”!
That post also has VALENTINE’S DAY FANCY HEART GIFT TAGS that you can print out to put the “final touch” on your gifts.
The 2-page PDF contains three fold-over gift card designs that are easy to download, print and cut out.
I added a grosgrain ribbon bow to the square tag to give it a little added “somethin’, somthin'”. There’s also two adorable heart gift tags for all your gift giving needs this Valentine’s Day.
Now you’ve got everything you need for the special day, except dessert!
If you’ve made Panna Cotta before, you know that it’s usually a creamy ivory color. Delicious, but dull… Since the hot Valentine’s color scheme this year is red, white, black and PINK, I decided it should go pastel!
The big difference between a traditional Panna Cotta recipe and this one is the addition of almond extract, Kirsch (a clear cherry liquor) and red food coloring. Have you tasted cherries and almonds together lately? It’s an incredible flavor combination that is taken to new heights with the addition of a White Chocolate Sauce!
Where the REAL DIFFERENCE comes in is how you serve your Pink Panna Cotta with White Chocolate and Cherries.
The White Chocolate Sauce is the “underpinning” to your dessert, snuggling the heart-shaped Panna Cotta on the plate. It’s then smothered with a fabulous Kirsch-spiked Cherry Sauce that’s absolutely divine.
You can use a fancy heart mold like the one pictured above, or plain ramekins, as is the traditional choice.
What you use depends entirely on what you already own and how many people you plan on serving. One Valentine’s Day a few years back, H.H. and I hosted a Valentine’s Dinner Party.
I used individual molds and pre-plated the desserts before dinner. Leaving the sauce and topping to be added just before serving.
This allowed me to make some pretty designs on the plates before the party started.
Pink Panna Cotta with White Chocolate and Cherries is a convenient and fabulous dessert for a Valentine’s Day celebration!
Be it for ten or just for two! It’s entirely up to you.
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1. Place the cream in a medium saucepan and heat until just barely simmering.
2. Add the white chocolate and stir until completely melted. (mixture will be very thin)
3. Take from heat and add 1 1/2 Tbs. EZ-Gel, stirring well to combine. (the mixture will get thicker as it cools)
4. Once sauce is completely cooled, check to see if it is the desired thickness. If not, add the additional 1/2 Tbs. EZ-Gel and stir well to combine. (beware, it will thicken even more in the refrigerator overnight)
1. Drain liquid from cherries into a 2-cup measure. Add enough tart cherry juice to make 1 1/2 cups of liquid.
2. Heat the cherry liquid, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan until hot.
3. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, Kirsch and food starch, stirring well to combine.
4. When mixture has thickened, stir in the reserved cherries.
1. Unmold panna cotta by dipping mold in hot water for 30 seconds. Place plate on top of mold, invert and unmold onto plate.
2. Surround molded dessert with white chocolate sauce, top with cherries and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
The heart mold pictured holds 2.5 cups liquid volume. A standard ramekin holds approximately 1 cup liquid.
Nutritional information should be considered an estimate only; please consult a registered dietician, nutritionist, or your physician for specific health-related questions. Please note that the recipe above is published using a recipe card plugin, with preexisting software which can auto-calculate metric measurements, as well as change the number of servings. Metric conversions and changes to the number of servings (resulting in different ingredient amounts) will only appear in the ingredient list, and are not changed within the step-by-step directions of the recipe.