Holy Panini!!

There’s something about warm rich dark chocolate and fresh strawberries, melted between a buttery pound cake that’s been pressed in a panini grill. Can you say Yummm!

I can’t believe I never tried this before!

A while back I received this award winning chocolate as a gift from my son, who after reading this article in Food and Wine magazine, quickly ordered some.
Amedei was founded in 1990 by Alessio and Cecilia Tessieri who just happen to be brother and sister, they work together in Tuscany using artisan skills, along with the finest cacao, in producing this award winning chocolate.
According to the Food and Wine article,

“The most famous Venezuelan cacao of all comes from Chuao. The trees of Chuao are shielded by mountains from all but the warm Caribbean breezes; the soil is naturally irrigated by three cascading rivers. Doutre-Roussel calls the region “one of the jewels of the earth.” Besides the microclimate, Chuao has centuries-old traditions of harvesting and preparing cacao. First it’s fermented to develop the compounds that will later blossom into rich aromatics, then it’s laid out on the parvis in front of the village church to dry slowly in the sun. Because the farmers worked together as a cooperative, Chuao is one of the only places where a chocolate maker could buy, at one stroke, 9 to 10 tons of uniformly excellent cacao. Until recently, that chocolate maker was Valrhona. Today every last kilo of cacao from Chuao goes to Amedei.”

Needless to say I was excited to try this! My son’s instructions were, ” Mom, make sure you taste this on a clean palette, you don’t want to try this after having onions or garlic, or anything else that would effect the true taste!” That’s exactly what I did, I snapped a piece off, and I was in chocolate heaven! Not bitter at all to me, in fact I found it slightly creamy and so rich in flavor, a most memorable chocolate experience! Thanks Tony!!!

I couldn’t wait to try this chocolate all warm and goowy, so I decided to melt some between pound cake in my panini gril. I just bought a good quality pound cake, because after all the chocolate is the star here, and some fresh strawberries. I brushed my heated grill slightly with unsalted butter, layed the chocolate bar on one side of the pound cake, along with some thinly cut strawberries. Gently bring the top down on your grill, you don’t want to smash this at all, it only takes a couple of minutes to melt. Gently remove it and let it set a minute.

Look at that dark glossy color! Believe me, it tasted as good as it looks!!
Now you don’t have to have Amedei chocolate to make this, you can use any favorite chocolate of your choice, of course a smear of Nutella would always do! Brioche, Challah, or even Ciabatta bread in place of the pound cake would be equally good as well.
Any way you make it, I’m sure you’ll adore this decadent dessert!!
Buon Appetito!!
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  1. Oh man, I haven’t had breakfast yet. This would make a great breakfast, don’t you think? Yum!

  2. Now this is my kind of panini! Perfect for Valentines day.

  3. I put my panini maker away after the Holidays, it is coming back out!
    These photos are stunning Marie!
    Gosh, you always have such terrific ideas!

  4. Whoa, I’m a believer! I need to make this ASAP! Beautiful pictures, by the way… I can almost taste the chocolate.

  5. WOW! this makes the mouth water just looking at it! great idea, and i can’t wait to try this myself.

  6. Incredible Marie! I just made roast beef panini’s last week, now I wish they were filled with strawberries and chocolate instead.

  7. Oh yum. I never thought of using pound cake for sweet panini. I’ve done sweet panini using challah bread, but this really kicks it way into the stratosphere. I’m glad you enjoyed that beautiful chocolate!

  8. OMG!! That melting oozing chocolate has melted me into submission!!!! Running for the Nutella… bye!!!

  9. I’ve made this before, except with Nutella. It was fabulous! Now your chocolate sounds like it would be 100 times better! Thanks for this one!

  10. Oh my. I think my husband would love this for Valentines day – so would my kids.

  11. Oh wow this looks so good I can’t stop drooling 🙂

  12. Wow that really does look fantabulous! I would never have thought of a chocolate panino, but now that it’s on my radar, I’ll be sure to try it. So quick and easy and yummy enough for company.

  13. Just came back from exercise, hungry like a wolf! Will make this now.

  14. Looks tasty!! I suppose you could use brioche instead..?

  15. Woweee! Luscious, oh so luscious.

  16. I came rushing over when I saw your title pop up on my side bar, and OH YES, “HOLY PANINI”, I think I have died and gone to chocolate ‘n’ Strawberry heaven lol
    but first I have to visit Amedei

  17. This looks so good. Chocolate and strawberries are a good flavor combination. Your pictures are killing me!!

  18. What a wonderful sweet treat! We have a great panini maker, but I have never done a sweet version. What is my problem? I can’t wait to try this out!

  19. Genius! Great use of that wonderful chocolate. When in doubt, break out the panini press!

  20. If you were standing here I’d hug you!! This is fantastic!!!!

  21. OH my! I am squeezing my eyes shut because I am on a diet and seeing such a lucious dessert is breaking my willpower! Ack –it’s made from all my favorite things! All you had to do was add whipped cream and I’d be done! 🙂

  22. It’s funny, I had the same idea with Nutella this morning, but it will just not be the same, would it??? Looks utterly decadent!!!!

  23. Let’s see – we have a panini grill, love dark chocolate – hmmmmm……

  24. Your creations are making me want to get back into the kitchen again, Marie. I would like to try this one for Valentine’s Day, if I can find which box I packed my panini maker in.

  25. Yumm !!!!

  26. What a great idea!!! That looks delicious. You have a wonderful blog!

  27. Oh my gosh, Marie, this looks fantastic. And so decadent. This is a perfect Valentine’s day dessert.

  28. I just love your blog. You have fantastic stuff here. Love your photos. This looks absolutely amazing!!!

  29. YUMMMM!!! My goodness that looks decadent and delicious. I never thought about buying a panini maker, but now that’s all I’ll be thinking about. Maybe I’ll buy one for my hubby for a Valentine’s present and then make him this dessert!

  30. It’s sensual, it’s beautiful…& it’s screaming GOOD! BEE YOO TI FUL Marie!

  31. Grilled cake, that’s something I’ve got to try 🙂

  32. That would be a perfect treat for Valentine’s Day, Marie!

  33. I have never thought of using a panini press to make dessert, YUM

  34. This is my type of panini…although I do love all things with melted cheese:D

  35. Wow…Tt make me hungry..
    thanks for sharing this great recipe..!!

  36. OH wow…I heart you – this looks amazing!

  37. What a great idea! It’s so simple, I hitting my self for not thinking of this earlier. Thank you, thank you!

  38. Yes I CAN say Yum! It isn’t hard to say because everything you make is yum 😉

  39. OMG! Wow now that’s what I’m wanting for lunch!

  40. A simple and sublime combo. What a nice son you have!

  41. Wow, what a great idea! Can you believe I don’t have a panini maker yet? :/

    Have a great day my frind, glad your keeping your hands warm.

  42. Look really fantastic!!! Gloria

  43. good lord Marie – FABULOUS!!! I want some now!!!!

  44. No lie, the first thing I said to myself when I saw that picture was Yum!

  45. (((GASP))) This could be illegal. But I am willing to take my chances! Just decadent in every sense of the word. I am going to dream about this dessert until I can make it!

  46. OMG!!!! What a panini!!!

  47. Hmmmm…this is the second (or third?) time I’ve stopped back to see this dessert panini and I think that can only tell me one thing: Make it now!

    Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

  48. I’ve been going back and forth in an internal debate about registering for a panini press (do I have room for one more thing in the kitchen). You just made up my mind VERY clearly.

    And now I’m off in search of chocolate.

  49. I love chocolate; the darker, the better. I love panini. I must try this on my Ikon.

  50. That looks amazing…I don’t have a panini grill. Think you could make it on a george foreman type grill?

  51. Julie, Absolutely!

  52. your blog is making me drool.. all over my computer. it’s not very girl-like. 🙂 thanks for the ideas/recipes!!

  53. WOW HOLY COW ‘;/
    like I am Not Fat enough
    Be Right Over

  54. Oh, dear… this is way too much food porn. I haven’t had breakfast yet and feel like I already have!

  55. I love you and you are my friend but let me tell you, you are one wicked woman! How can you do this to us?! Perhaps this is why I love you 🙂

  56. Amazing panini!

  57. Oh wow drool- For me “yum” sounds alot like “Marie made this” 🙂

  58. Now THAT is a pretty picture. How could you go wrong.

  59. This panini is the tops! I love the chocolate and strawberry combination!

  60. Now why, oh why, did you not post this 3 days earlier? It would have been absolutely PERFECT for the WTSIM savoury/sweet swap theme! Looks absolutely decadently divine 🙂

  61. I want to lick my computer screen!! hahaha

  62. *lol* yeah…those gooey dark shiny chocolate melts sure look…truly chocolate heaven

  63. Now thats freaking genius!

  64. Oh My Lord! Heaven in a Panini Grill! Brilliant. Definitely going to give that a try.

    I haven’t stopped by in a while. I’ve been missing some good recipes. We thoroughly enjoyed your Limoncello Cosmopolitans! They have become one of our favorite cocktail party additions. Thanks!

    Have a great rest of the weekend!
    Cheers, Cindy

  65. Marie… that looks amazing. I’m going to have to try some of this chocolate.