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Horizontal image of a white cup filled with a chocolate cream dessert and topped with two orange segments, whipped cream, and chopped nuts.

Chocolate Panna Cotta with Oranges and Pistachios

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Try this creamy chocolate panna cotta with tart oranges and salty pistachios. It’s an elaborate dessert that takes minimal effort to make.


  • Canola oil or cooking spray
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1-ounce packet (about 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup roughly chopped chocolate (milk or semi-sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 2 oranges, peels removed and segmented
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped salted pistachios


  1. Very lightly grease 8 small ramekins with canola oil or cooking spray. Place in a tray and set aside.
  2. Pour milk into a medium bowl. Evenly sprinkle the gelatin over the milk and let stand at room temperature until the gelatin softens, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine 2 cups heavy whipping cream and the sugar together in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until the sugar completely dissolves, stirring frequently.
  4. Bring the cream mixture to a boil, and remove from heat. Add the chocolate and the orange zest, if using. Whisk until the chocolate is completely melted and incorporated with the cream.
  5. Pour the warm chocolate mixture into the milk and gelatin mixture. Whisk until everything is completely combined.
  6. Carefully pour the liquid into the prepared ramekins, leaving about 1/4 inch of space on top. Let cool for 10 minutes at room temperature before covering and placing in the refrigerator. Set for at least 6 hours, or overnight. The custard should not jiggle when you lightly shake it.
  7. When ready to serve, whip the remaining cup of heavy cream and set aside. Run a sharp paring knife around the edge of the cups to loosen the panna cotta. Turn out onto plates and garnish with the whipped cream, oranges, and pistachios.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Custard
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: dessert, panna cotta, chocolate, orange, pistachio