NA-NANY-BOO-BOO!! I MADE PANNA COTTA!!
I’ve never made Panna Cotta but this is divine!
Is it that serious? Probably not. Nevertheless, I am super excited about this. I have wanted to make Panna Cotta for months and now that I am getting settled in the new job, I am starting to find my groove back in the kitchen. Surprisingly, Panna Cotta is super easy to make. I don’t know why it took me so long to make this dish. I think it’s because the name sounds super fancy and I got intimidated. Are you intimidated by Panna Cotta? Let me tell you…don’t be! This thing is basically warming up milk, adding gelatin and flavor, and sticking it into the refrigerator. That’s it! The name just eludes to making it seem more complicated than it really is. I mean, look at the picture. Does this recipe seem that complicated? Good, because it isn’t.
Here is what I struggled with when it came to this recipe…the flavor. You see all types of different flavorings paired with Panna Cotta. I didn’t want to get to crazy because I wanted the Panna Cotta to shine. At the same time, I wanted to pair it with something that would work together and compliment the Panna Cotta. SIDE NOTE: The first time I ever saw Panna Cotta was watching an episode of Barefoot Contessa and I was watching Ina Garten making this dessert. She poured some sort of berry sauce over the Panna Cotta and it really didn’t look that pretty to me and I was just thinking, “What the heck is that and why would anyone want to eat it”? It’s crazy now that I am making it because I definitely get the hype. Anyway, back to my recipe. Yes. I thought strawberries and kiwi would be perfect because its summer, refreshing, and just tastes good.
When you eat this dessert let me tell you what you can expect. You can expect for the Panna Cotta to be smooth and velvety with vibrant and soft notes of vanilla ( I sound like I should be on a cooking channel, huh?). However, the first thing you will taste are the strawberries and kiwi and then the Panna Cotta comes right behind it and smooth everything out and the vanilla hits your palette just to give your mind and taste buds something extra to think about. This is a perfect summer dessert and I have done a lot of those lately. I mean you have to admit, your girl has hooked you guys up with some awesome summer desserts, right? Well this is no exception. This dessert is cool, delicious, and definitely sexy. Enjoy!
- 1½ c. milk
- 3 tsp. unflavored gelatin
- ⅓ c. + 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1½ c. heavy cream
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 tsp.vanilla extract
- 2 kiwi's, peeled and chopped
- 6 large strawberries, chopped
- Set aside 4-8 ounce glasses.
- Pour the milk into a med sized sauce pan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Some of the gelatin should absorb.
- Begin to dissolve the gelatin by placing the sauce pan over medium heat. Stir frequently. Do not allow the milk to boil. Should only steam. Once the milk is starting to steam, dip a spoon into the mixture and check the back of the spoon to see if there are any grains. If so, continue to stir for about another minute. Next, add the sugar and beans from vanilla bean stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and pour in the cream and vanilla extract. Carefully pour the milk mixture into the glasses evenly and set inside the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight.
- Toss the strawberries and kiwi together in a bowl and once the Panna Cotta has chilled, spoon some of the fruit on top of the dessert and serve. Garnish with mint leaf if desired.