Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins
I got this from another online site and I love the taste of this recipe. this is what was posted/"Panna Cotta literally translates as "cooked cream" in Italian. These softly set and creamy Italian puddings are so silky-smooth they slip down beautifully at the end of a meal. Perfect served with fresh berries or fruits according to the season. They are also perfect for dinner parties because they can be made a day or two in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to be served."
- 1 (1 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin (approx. 2 teaspoons)
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 2 1⁄2 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla beans or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh berries, gently washed, drained, and sweetened to taste**
- 6 sprigs of fresh mint
strawberries and balsamic vinegar
- 2 (1 pint) baskets strawberries, hulled, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 3⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1⁄4 cup cranberries (fresh or unthawed frozen)
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 1⁄2 cups fresh blueberries
- *Half & half, buttermilk, whole milk, and/or sour cream may be substituted for part of the cream.
- **Any assortment of fresh, seasonal fruit may be served with panna cotta, but berries are especially nice. To use other ripe, soft fruits, such as cherries, peaches or apricots, just remove the stones and peels as necessary and cut them into thin slices or bite-size pieces.
- In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 cup milk; let stand until the gelatin is softened, about 5 minutes.
- In a large saucepan, combine heavy cream and sugar. Add vanilla extract or vanilla bean. If using a vanilla bean, slice the bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds into cream (add whole bean to cream for additional flavor). Bring cream just to a simmer (do not let it boil), whisking occasionally until sugar has completely dissolved; remove from heat and remove vanilla bean pod. Add the softened gelatin mixture and whisk to completely dissolve the gelatin.
- Strain hot cream mixture into a large glass measuring cup with a pouring spout; pour into ramekins or custard cups(muffin pan or martini glasses work ust as well). NOTE: Don't skip the straining step as it removes any bits of undissolved gelatin and insures a nice smooth dessert. Also, don't let the cream mixture cool before straining. If using a vanilla bean, lightly swirl the cream to distribute the seeds evenly. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.
- To unmold and serve, carefully dip bottom of each ramekin in a baking pan of hot water briefly. Run a thin knife around edge of each ramekin to loosen it from the inside of the bowl. Wipe the outside of the mold dry and place on individual chilled serving plate (topside down). Invert the custard onto the plate and carefully lift off ramekin (shake gently to release). Garnish with berries or fruit of your choice. See Topping Variations instructions below.
- Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar.
- Toss strawberries, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and pepper in a large bowl to combine. Let stand 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. Spoon strawberries over and around the panna cotta and serve.
- Cranberry-Orange Sauce.
- In a small saucepan simmer orange juice, fresh or frozen cranberries, and sugar, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are softened, about 7 minutes. In a blender, puree mixture until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Pour sauce through a sieve into a small bowl, pressing hard on solids, and discard solids. Cool sauce. Sauce may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Spoon Cranberry-Orange Sauce over and around the panna cotta and serve.
- Blueberry Sauce.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar. Stir and cook until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a slow boil; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced by half. Remove from heat and stir in balsamic vinegar and vanilla extract.
- In a food processor or blender, add blueberries and process until a chunky puree. Add blueberries puree into the hot syrup. Cover and refrigerator until ready to serve.