Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
My husband and I both adore silky, smooth, and lightly sweetened panna cotta. I got this recipe from Cheryla33 at All Recipes.com (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Panna-Cotta/Detail.aspx) but tweaked it just a bit. The original recipe is in the link above . . . I have decided to make mine sugarfree by using Splenda. Cook time does not include refrigeration time.
- 1⁄3 cup milk (I use 2% Lactaid since that is all we really keep in the house)
- 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1⁄2 cup evaporated milk or 1⁄2 cup skim milk
- 1⁄2 cup Splenda granular
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pour 1/3 cup of milk into a small measuring cup and stir in the gelatin powder. Set aside. LIGHTLY oil a paper napkin and with a very light touch, wipe the inside of a glass pie plate or 6 custard ramekins.
- In a saucepan, stir together the heavy cream, 1/2 cup evaporated milk (or regular milk) and sugar, and set over medium heat. Bring to a full boil, watching carefully and stirring near constantly, as the cream will quickly rise to the top of the pan.
- Pour the gelatin and milk mixture into the cream, stirring until completely dissolved. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat, stir in the almond and vanilla extracts and pour into six individual ramekin dishes or pie plate.
- Cool the ramekins uncovered at room temperature. When cool, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight before serving.
- ~My local Whole Foods sells this with berries mixed in the dish. I suggest putting a few in the bottom of the dish, pouring the mixture over it and letting it set in the fridge for almost an hour and a half. Then put a few more berries on top to "rest" into the panna cotta as opposed to simply on top.
- ~A few reviews from the allrecipes site mentioned the gelatin mix separating during cooling in the fridge. The best way that I have found to avoid this is after you have stirred in the extracts and before pouring into the dishes, pour the mixture into a glass Pyrex bowl or a heat safe jug. Gently move the dish in a water bath while stirring the mixture with a spoon to cool it completely before pouring into the serving dishes. By cooling the mixture quicker, I believe it gives it less time to separate.
- ~Experiment with the flavors! Try adding some expresso to the mix and sprinkling it with cinnamon, or adding in some orange/lemon zest to the dish. Enjoy!