Dark Chocolate Caramel Panna Cotta

Makes 12 servings

Prep: 30 minutes
Chill: 1 hour

1/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon light-color corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
3 Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel SQUARES™ Chocolate, cut into pieces* (optional)

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1. For caramel, in a medium heavy saucepan, stir together the 1/4 cup whipping cream, the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally; reduce heat to medium. Boil gently for 2 additional minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Set aside while preparing chocolate mixture.

2. Place water in a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the surface. Let stand for 5 minutes to soften.

3. For chocolate mixture, in a medium saucepan, combine the 1 cup whipping cream and the granulated sugar. Heat over medium-low heat until the mixture almost comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Add softened gelatin; stir until it dissolves. Add Ghirardelli® 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir to mix in chocolate. Whisk in sour cream.

4. Fill twelve 2-ounce shot glasses, ramekins, or other small dessert dishes 1/3 to 1/2 full of chocolate mixture. Chill for 20 minutes or until just set. Divide caramel evenly among the glasses; chill for 15 minutes. Spoon on or pour in the remaining chocolate mixture. Chill for at least 30 minutes.

5. In a small bowl, beat the 1/4 cup whipping cream and the powdered sugar until soft peaks form (tips curl). To serve, top each panna cotta with a dollop of whipped cream, and, if desired, a piece of Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel SQUARES™ Chocolate.

*Tip: For easier cutting, place Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel SQUARES™ Chocolate in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut squares into quarters.

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