Valentine’s Day is here and what could be more thrilling to impress your partner with a delicious treat at home!!
If you are not celebrating Valentine’s day, doesn’t matter – you do not need a day to show your love. Any day, any time ,get romantic with your love with a jar of a delicious Panna Cotta and I am sure, your partner is going to love you for it.
There are hardly any desserts which are sophisticated yet simple to make as a ‘Panna Cotta’.
Panna Cotta literally means ‘cooked cream’ and it is originated from Italy. It is a silky smooth firm cream with a gentle wobble. A spoonful gives a melt in your mouth texture. Interesting part – Panna Cotta needs minimal efforts and a short ingredient list. Preparation time takes around 10 mins and chilling time for the dessert is approximately 6 hours or upto a day. If you have guests coming, prepare it the day before and it is going to be just perfect.
The Basic Panna Cotta is a mixture of cream, sugar & gelatin. But you have full freedom to flavour and top it with anything you like; fruits, chocolate, coffee, even tea. It can served in a serving glass, ramekin or invert in to a plate and fool around with the toppings.
My recipe here is basic Vanilla Panna Cotta – I used pure vanilla bean which enhanced the flavour really well. I was happy with my decision of serving the dessert in a jar for two of us – it is always good to share food from same plate. I must admit, this dessert was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed every bit of it. We did had a fight a bit to wipe out the jar at the end. I love it when we do that!!
The toppings were – a creamy White Chocolate Caramel Sauce and chocolate soil which adds a crunch to your dessert. You can follow the link to see the recipes of it. Don’t be hesitant with the topping, open your kitchen cupboard or refrigerator and create some thing of your own – play with different textures and colours.
So if you’ve ever had panna cotta but been intimated to make this wiggly and jiggly dessert, fear not. Your only regret will be that it took you this long to make it.
- 1/4 Cup Cold Water
- 2 1/2 Unflavored Gelatin
- 3 Cups Whipping Cream
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1 Vanilla Pod or 1 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Pour cold water in to a small cup. Sprinkle gelatin over it and let it stand until gelatin softens, around 15 mins.
- Bring 1 Inch of water to boil in a pan. Place the gelatin cup in the boiled water. Stir for 2 minutes for the gelatin to dissolve and take off from heat.
- Combine cream and sugar in a heavy bottom pan. Stir over medium heat bring to boil just until you see bubbles coming from the sides.
- Cool the cream a bit and portion it into the serving dish/glasses.
- Cover it and and bring to room temperature.
- Then chill it in the refrigerator for 6 hours or upto 1 day.
If your chilled panna cotta sometimes separates into layers of milk and cream, know this is a common problem. Sometimes it happens because the mixture wasn't adequately whisked, and sometimes because it was too warm. To reliably avoid it, let the mixture come to room temperature before chilling.
You can also take half cream and half milk instead of full cream. This makes the dessert less creamy.
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.com