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Chocolate Peanut Butter Panna Cotta

I easily have only two true obsessions in life…. Peanut butter. And chocolate… And my dog… And lobster rolls. Ok so that might not be entirely true, but when you put peanut butter and chocolate in front of me you can fully expect it to be devoured.

Of course it should come as no surprise to hear that my favourite treat that combines peanut butter and chocolate is peanut butter cups. In fact we go way back… They would be the first thing gone from my bag at Halloween (I’m sure we all had that coveted peanut butter cup pile!). For years they were the treat of choice at Christmas. And today I often grab a bag of mini’s when I’m at the movies. There is no denying my love for this flavour combination!

So when Hershey’s decided to take this flavour combo to the next level by creating a spread, I couldn’t wait to try it! The new format offers endless recipe possibilities! From mouthwatering Peanut Butter S’mores Pies to the more unusual Peanut Butter and Chocolate Coated Bacon, new Reese Spreads makes enjoying chocolate and peanut butter fun… one spoonful at a time!

Once I had the beautiful orange and brown jar in-hand the recipe ideas started flowing… and while I wanted to try something more simple and traditional with the spread (like a brownie), I pushed myself to create something new and remarkably delicious… A Chocolate Peanut Butter Panna Cotta. And don’t let the fancy name fool you, this is actually pretty easy to put together!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Panna Cotta
This luscious panna cotta combines two familiar flavours: chocolate and peanut butter. The first layer is flavoured using Reese Spread for a subtle hint of chocolate, while the second layer takes this dessert over the top with a taste of peanut butter. Garnished with some fresh whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a mini Reese Peanut Butter Cup, this dessert is sure to please at your next dinner party!

Ingredients
For the Chocolate Panna Cotta:
6 tbsp cold water
4 1/2 tsp unflavoured gelatin
2 cups whipping cream (35% fat)
2 cups table cream (18% fat)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup Reese Spread
pinch of salt
2 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped

For the Peanut Butter Panna Cotta:
3 tbsp cold water
2 1/4 tsp unflavoured gelatin
1 cup whipping cream (35% fat)
1 cup table cream (18% fat)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
pinch of salt

For the Whipped Cream:
3/4 cup cold whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar

Directions
For the Chocolate Panna Cotta:
1. In a small bowl combine cold water and gelatin. Stir until it starts to thicken. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat whipping cream, table cream, sugar, Reese Spread and salt until completely dissolved and mixture comes to a boil, about 5 minutes.
3. Add chopped dark chocolate to the saucepan, and whisk until melted.
4. Remove saucepan from heat. Strain mixture through a sieve into a large glass measuring cup with a spout.
5. Stir in thickened gelatin until dissolved. Don’t expect the mixture to thicken to a pudding-like consistency at this time, it will need time in the fridge to set.
6. Pour the chocolate mixture into 6 parfait glasses or 8 medium sized ramekins. Let it come to room temperature before placing in the fridge for 3-5 hours.

For the Peanut Butter Panna Cotta:
1. Once your chocolate panna cotta layer has set, you can make the peanut butter layer.
2. In a small bowl combine cold water and gelatin. Stir until it starts to thicken. Set aside.
3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat whipping cream, table cream, sugar, peanut butter and salt until completely dissolves and mixture comes to a boil, about 5 minutes.
4. Remove saucepan from heat. Strain mixture through a sieve into a large glass measuring cup with a spout. Stir in thickened gelatin until dissolved.
5. Divide the peanut butter mixture among the chilled and set chocolate mixture. Let it come to room temperature before placing in the fridge for another 3-5 hours.

For the Whipped Cream:
1. To a stand mixer add whipping cream. Beat on high until soft peaks start to form in the cream. Slowly sprinkle in sugar and continue to whip another minute. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.

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