Panna Cotta is one of my favorite desserts ever! It is so easy, so refreshing and so versatile and is the perfect summer dessert. There are many versions out there and there are many toppings for it, I prefer it with raspberries but you can use almost any berry or mango’s, or whatever you want. There are chocolate versions, vanilla bean versions, almond, etc. Try it today and you will love it too!
Adapted from David Lebovitz
4 cups heavy cream (or half-and-half)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract
2 packets powdered gelatin (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
6 tablespoons cold water
1. Heat the heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan. Dissolve the sugar and remove from heat then stir in the vanilla extract.
2. Lightly oil eight ramekins with a oil, such as canola.
3. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a medium-sized bowl and let stand 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Pour the warm milk/sugar mixture over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
5. Divide the Panna Cotta mixture into the prepared ramekins, then chill them until firm, which will take at least two hours, preferably overnight.
6. Run a sharp knife around the edge of each ramekin and then dip the bottom of the ramekin into hot water for just a minute. This makes it easier to remove, although it is not a necessary step as you can serve it in the ramikins.
|Cream and Sugar mixture|
|Gelatin sprinkled over cold water|
|Lightly oil ramekins|
|Sugar cream mixture into gelatin|
|Divide mixture into ramekins|
1 small package of raspberries
1 tsp of sugar
|Raspberries and sugar over low heat.|
Place both of the above into a small saucepan and heat gently while crushing berries. Let cool and then push through a sieve to get the juice without seeds. discard the seeds.
To serve, place a tablespoons of raspberries onto a small plate and then unmold the panna cotta and place over the raspberries coulis, add a few fresh raspberries and a sprig of fresh mint.
Notes: I only made a 1/2 of the recipe. In addition, I only had 11/2 cups of cream so I used skim milk. Also, when you place the ramekin into the hot water do not do it for more than 30 seconds or so, otherwise it melts.
I have had this dessert many times, in fact on my last trip to Paris in December I ate it everyday. I had it with rhubarb on the bottom and raspberries on top, with just raspberries and another day with small chunks of mango! All versions are delicious.
|Add a spring of mint!|
|via Stone Gable|
|via Savvy Southern Style|
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