It seems only right that since I’ve been sharing St. Patrick’s Day themed recipes all week that we end the week with one more. There’s really no better way to celebrate the weekend than with chocolate, especially when it’s spiked with a little Baileys Irish Cream…Oh yeah! Today I made you Chocolate-Baileys Yogurt Panna Cotta and it is the most chocolatey, creamy bite of heaven that has made it’s way into my mouth in a long time!
Baileys is my St. Patrick’s Day go to ingredient. I love that creamy, boozy, espresso flavor it has and March is probably the only month that I can justify adding it to my coffee. In case you didn’t know, chocolate and espresso or coffee pair perfectly together. The espresso deepens the flavor of the chocolate and if you love chocolate the addition of espresso will take your love of chocolate to a whole new level! The Barefoot Contessa taught me that years ago, I love her!
Panna cotta. What exactly is it? Well, it’s a cold Italian custard. This was my first time making panna cotta and it was quite possibly one of the smoothest and creamiest desserts that I have ever eaten. Typically the custard uses heavy cream and whole milk, but I went the healthier route and made mine with non fat Greek yogurt, shocker I know. So actually we could almost justify eating this for breakfast. I mean come on, Greek yogurt, dark chocolate, sounds pretty healthy to me! Easter is coming and that means brunch….I know, I know, one holiday at a time.
The other wonderful part about this dessert/breakfast is how easy it is to make. It does require being refrigerated overnight so that it can set up properly, but it only takes about 15 minutes to actually make the panna cotta. Once the panna cotta had set up, I topped it with a dollop of whipped cream which I of course had to add some Baileys too, because St. Patrick’s Day and all.
If Baileys or booze isn’t your thing feel free to omit it and add a little more vanilla extract or coffee extract instead. I think I have officially prepared you with enough recipes to make your St. Patrick’s Day feasting a success and these Chocolate-Baileys Yogurt Panna Cottas are the perfect way to start or end the day!