Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sweet and Yummy

I love making all kinds of panna cottas. Panna cottas are silky and luxurious and are super easy to make. I ate a yummy and beautifully plated panna cotta at a new upscale restaurant in Cambridge not too long ago. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty good but a homemade panna cotta can measure up to a restaurant panna cotta any day. And a homemade one will costs a fraction of what you pay at a restaurant. All you need is really good cream. I brought this dessert at a friend's party. :-)

1/2 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin
2 small cans of Nestle Media Crema or table cream
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 can of coconut milk
1/2 cup of sugar(more if you like it sweeter)

Combine everything except for the unflavored gelatin in a medium sauce pan.
Simmer for 20 minutes until everything is well combined. Slowly sprinkle the gelatin into the hot liquid. Stir to combine. Do this slowly because you don't want the gelatin powder forming into tiny clumps. Transfer into ramekins or molded containers and refrigerate for at least 16 hours.

This is such a rich dessert so I made a passion fruit caramel to go on top. The acid in the passion fruit gives this panna cotta a little more edge. Reduce equal parts of sugar and water, until mixture starts to caramelize. Making caramel takes a lot of patience so be patient. Carefully add unsweetened passion fruit juice to the caramel and stir to combine. Cool overnight and then drizzle on top of the panna cotta before serving. Bien Provecho!

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