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Dessert Everyday Food & Drink Recipes

Individual Chocolate Panna Cottas

These creamy gelatins are made with reduced-fat cream cheese and skim milk-in place of the traditional heavy cream-but with a bit of semisweet chocolate, they still taste decadent.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 4


1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
3 tablespoons sugar
3 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
3 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese, room temperature
pinch salt
reduced-fat sour cream, for serving (optional)


In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold milk. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 5 minutes. Cook over low, stirring until gelatin has dissolved (it will feel smooth when rubbed between fingers), about 3 minutes. Add sugar; stir until dissolved. Add remaining cup of milk; cook over low until warm (do not boil), about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; heat on high in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Add cream cheese to chocolate; using a rubber spatula, stir until uniform in color. Pour cup gelatin mixture into chocolate mixture; stir until smooth. Gradually add remaining gelatin mixture, then salt, stirring until smooth. Divide among four small glasses; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Serve topped with sour cream, if desired.

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