Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Panna cotta

Have I done a post with Panna Cotta before? I can't remember but it wouldn't hurt to do another one :)
One of my mother's request for our GA summery dessert was Panna Cotta. It's SUCH an easy dessert, I would gladly make it any day! it's almost as easy as making... jello. I really hope you are not lactose intolerant :( or maybe I do, so I can have yours too!

I've done Panna Cotta with many recipes, but this time I went with Giada's on Food network. As I read other Panna Cotta recipes and compared the amount of gelatin to liquid ratio, Giada's used a little less gelatin. And while some people like the soft almost pudding-like panna cotta, I like one that's got more body to it. So I used 1 HEAPING tablespoon of gelatin :) recipes like this isn't that sensitive, so you can use a little more or a little less, it's not going to lead to a complete failure :)

I also like Giada's recipe because she used mostly honey as sweetener. It adds a very nice mild floral sweetness to this already creamy mild dessert. I have made panna cotta with greek yogurt and mascarpone and stuff. But this one here is the most simple and basic. (and in my opinion, one of the best because of it's purity)


1 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon unflavored powdered gelatin
3 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon sugar
Pinch salt

Place the milk in a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over. Let stand for 3 to 5 minutes to soften the gelatin. Pour milk mixture into a heavy saucepan and stir over medium heat just until the gelatin dissolves but the milk does not boil, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, honey, sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar dissolves, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Pour into 6 wine glasses so that they are 1/2 full. Cool slightly. Refrigerate until set, at least 6 hours.

I topped mine with home made blueberry sauce. but you can use any berries you have. I just don't like to use raspberries or blackberries, for their seediness. but if you are willing to take the time to sieve the sauce, I suppose it will all be good. I put about a cup of berries into a sauce pan, add about 2-3 tbs of sugar, a GOOD squeeze of lemon juice and zest of one lemon (and some cognac). bring it to a simmer and simmer for... maybe 10 min. blitz it in your food processor or a blender and let it cool before topping the panna cotta.

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