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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Easy Panna Cotta Recipe



Panna Cotta means cooked cream in Italian.  It is a classic Italian dessert made by simmering together cream, milk and sugar, mixing this with gelatin, and letting it cool until set. It is generally from the Northern Italian region of Piemonte.  The dessert could serve with fresh fruits or hazelnuts.  If you want to have some bitter sweet flavor, try green tea powder (aka matcha) panna cotta.

Here is my recipe (adopted from all recipe.com):

Ingredients:


  • 1/3 cup reduced fat milk




  • 1 (0.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin (look for it from the jello section at the grocery store)




  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream




  • 1/2 cup white sugar




  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (look for it from the baking section at the grocery store)




  • 6 cleaned ramekin dishes




  • Direction:
    1. Pour milk into a small bowl, and stir in the gelatin powder and mix well. Set aside.
    2. In a saucepan, stir together the heavy cream and sugar, and set over medium heat. Bring to a full boil, watching carefully, as the cream will quickly rise to the top of the pan. Pour the gelatin and milk into the cream, stirring until completely dissolved. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract and pour into six individual ramekin dishes.
    3. 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.
    4. Serve with fresh berries (optional).




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