Craving for Panna Cotta

This is a follow-up to my previous entry about Panna Cotta. Panna Cotta is a cooked cream. I spelled it wrong in my previous entry. Hahaha… The Italian words “Panna” means “cream” and “Cotta” means “cooked”. I am again craving for Panna Cotta.

Panna Cotta is a classic Italian dessert. You heat the cream with milk, mixed it with sugar and I think also with vanilla and gelatin. I really don’t know how it is being done.

Some say that it is a custard, but not really, probably just sort of a custard. For one thing, you do not cook Panna Cotta with egg. Afterwards garnish it with berries, in this case, with strawberries.

Ok, for the benefit of others out there who would like to taste it, I tried to find the recipe for you.

According to Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection, from its Cookbook:

Cookbook:Panna cotta

Basic panna cotta recipe

* 3/4 tsp. gelatin
* 2 cups heavy cream
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 teas. vanilla or 1 small vanilla bean
* pinch of salt

Allow the gelatin to dissolve in 1 Tbl of the cream for about 5 minutes. Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves and tiny bubbles appear around the edge of your pan, remove from heat and add the gelatin, stir until it is thoroughly incorporated. Pour the cream mixture into small ramekins (baking dishes) and allow to set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, up to overnight. Serve with fresh fruit, balsamic vinegar, port, or a sweet sauce.

I was looking for more recipes so you can compare them. I found quite a lot. Here are some of the links. You will see that you can innovate in cooking the Panna Cotta.

According to Epicurious:

Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar…
Here is chef Mario Batali’s recipe.

According to RecipeSource:

Exported from MasterCook

According to A La Cuisine:

Coconut Panna Cotta and Pineapple Gelèe Terrine

According to All Recipes:

Lemon Panna Cotta With Raspberry-Orange Sauce
Panna Cotta

Now that you know how to do it, I guess I’ll be eating Panna Cotta in your place if ever I visit you. 🙂

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