Matcha Green Tea Cake with Vanilla Honey Cream Cheese Frosting.
Don’t be confused by this Panna Cotta, just be excited.
Like really, really, REALLY excited.
Plus, it’s Friday…excitement should already be in the air. I mean, I know it is for me.
It’s been a long three days back in the real world. Whoever said vacations make you feel revived was totally lying. Ok, well maybe not totally, I mean, I feel pretty excited to be back working, but at the same time I have been playing a mad game of catch up. UGH (help!) Plus, the trek home from Florida left me totally drained, and it’s not because of the late arrival home Tuesday night. On the longer of my two flights back home, I sat next to one of “those” people. And no, I am not talking about the lady on the last leg of my flight with the crying baby – that did not even phase me. No, no, on my first flight I sat next to one of those people who loves to talk, learn all about you, tell you about themselves and then talk some more. Yeah. On top of that I had my dad sitting behind me making jokes about how this kid was so “into” me (notice the word kid). Guys, he was fourteen. Fourteen. He also told me that one, he would have never thought I was twenty-one (he guessed fifteen…it’s getting old) and two, I was really short for being twenty-one. Really??? I am five-four, that’s not that short, is it?
So I can’t seem to stop dreaming about the Florida sunshine, 8o degree days and miles of sandy beaches. Ok, and maybe all the pineapples and mangos too…ah, and fruity drinks.
Yeah, it may take me a while to break out of my vacation funk. Slowly but surely I guess.
Ok, moving things right along, on to these crazy and awesome chocolate peanut butter bubble panna cotta. You may be a little confused, but don’t fear them. If you are into mousse and pudding-like things, peanut butter and chocolate than you are going to NEED these.
Really, you will. No joking around here.
The only thing semi odd about these panna cotta are the boba pearls. If you have never had boba, they’re basically just really large tapioca pearls. They add awesome texture and great flavor, AND they are super fun. They just sit at the bottom in a creamy, honey milk. Sort of like pudding, but maybe just a little thinner. It depends on how thick you let things get, but either way will be delicious.
And like I said, they add some really awesome texture to a fairly textureless dessert like panna cotta. Perfect!
Next comes the peanut butter layer. It’s like a super creamy mousse. Think of a buckeye filling, but just a little more whipped. Peanut butter lovers beware, this layer is a tad addicting.
Now the panna cotta. I made mine of the chocolate variety…of course. Would you expect anything else? I hope not. To be honest, I was a little scared of panna cotta because it always seemed so fancy and elegant to me. But you know, it’s actually a really easy dessert. It helped that I pretty much de-fancified this panna cotta with my layers of peanut butter and boba pearls. Figures, I just can’t leave anything as it.
Oh well, I like fun foods, what can I say.
Here’s the thing though. You can’t just stop with the panna cotta. You see, you absolutely must make some honey roasted peanuts for a little added crunch and sweetness. It’s a must.
And you clearly need to top each panna cotta with a rather large scoop of chocolate ice cream. See I have decided that we really need to go all out here, and a scoop of ice cream on top is just what these need. So don’t skip.
And if you could see me, you would see me saying all this in my most serious voice, with my serious face. It’d be super embarrassing, but I don’t care. The ice cream and peanuts are mandatory.
No question about it.
And since I am giving orders…
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Go make these and have a beyond awesome weekend!
you are a twisted genius and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible!
haha! Thank you so very much! Have a great weekend!!
When i’m flying i always just put my headphones in even if i’m not listening to music! It mostly keeps people from talking to me!
Not a bad idea! 🙂 LOL!
Wow! I’m so impressed with your endless creativity! What a cool recipe!
THANK YOU! 🙂
First of all- that looks so delish! Second, loving these GIFs you’re doing! So cool!
Thanks so much, Heather!!
I had to do a double take to see if that was indeed ice cream on there…AND IT WAS!!! Omg. I love you.
haha! Thanks Katrina! Have a great weekend!
This looks amazing! I love how it could so easily be dairy-free as well if you use DF cream cheese. Yummy! Thanks for a great recipe.
Great idea!! 🙂
Thanks Hunter and have a great weekend!
Oh my goodness, I want one right now. This looks insanely good!
Thanks Nicola! Have a great weekend!!
Whoa! I’ve never had boba pearls before – I’m glad you include the link! I love the layers of flavor you have going on here Tieghan, which I had one in my hand right now – I bet it would go great with my coffee!
Thanks Kathy! Hope you get to try boba soon! 🙂
OMG! This is so delicious!
You can find some very, er, interesting people on airplanes 😉
I had boba pearls when I tried bubble tea; such fun texture! I need this panna cotta!
Yes, you so can! LOL! 🙂
Thanks so much!
Whoa! What is that wickedly sinful chocolatey peanut buttery yummy delight doing staring back at me on my computer screen. Doesn’t it know it’s supposed to be in my belly right now? You never told us. . .did you get his digits. 🙂
HAH!! Yeah, I did and today I got a bundle of roses….right. 🙂
Thanks so much, Lynn!
I love everything about this, except the tapioca. I just can’t get over the texture – so not a fan. I initially thought they were blueberries when I saw the first photo! I’m wondering if that would be a good replacement? Certainly can’t hurt to try, right? Or maybe I’ll just substitute chocolate chips. Nothing wrong with a little more chocolate! 😉
Oh I would go with chocolate chips for sure, but you know, I love chocolate! LOL!
Thanks Amanda! Have a great weekend!
Absolutely fabulous ! You have truly outdone yourself. What a magnificently vivid imagination you have. I am in awe !
Thank you so much, Julie!! Have a great weekend!!
Oh my I want one right now.
I will be thinking of tapioca all day long.
Pictures are really good.
Thank you so much, Nancy!! 🙂
I love how imaginative you are! I would have never thought of pairing boba and panna cotta before (I grew up drinking pearl milk tea, and have a hard time thinking of boba outside of milk and tea), but I can tell that it would be pretty tasty.
Thank you so much, Heather!! I bet that tea was/is delicious!!