Desserts

Panna Cotta with Strawberries- Elegant and Easy

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There’s not much to say about Panna Cotta, except that it is elegant, easy and it leaves you always wanting more. There are no eggs with this dessert- just milk, cream, sugar, vanilla flavoring and gelatine.

So the next time you want to ‘WOW’ your dinner guests, family or just yourself, think about whipping up Panna Cotta- preparation time is only about 15 minutes, but you will need at least 1.5 hours to let it set- if you do the ‘speedy’ freezer method (see below).

Basic Panna Cotta

    • Makes 5 servings
    • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
    • Setting time:  1.5 hours to 3 hours

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups (375 mls)  thickened cream
    • 1 1/2 cups (375 mls) milk
    • 1/2 cup (110 g) white sugar
    • 2 tablespoons vanilla essence
    • 3 teaspoons gelatine powder dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
    • 6 – 7 sliced strawberries for topping

Strawberry Syrup (optional)

    • 1 cup strawberries sliced into quarters
    • 1/2 cup (110 g) white sugar
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) water

Directions

  1. Combine cream, milk and sugar in a saucepan and stir for several minutes over medium-low heat. Add the vanilla to the pan.
  2. Dissolve 3 tsp gelatine powder in 1/4 cup hot water- stir with fork until dissolved. Add this to the cream/milk mixture (from step #1) and stir over medium low heat for about 5 minutes until it starts to thicken.
  3. Pour the mixture into 5 custard molds or ramekins, allow to cool slightly, then place in the freezer for about one hour until almost set. Then transfer to the fridge section for another 1/2 hour until completely set (you may find the panna cotta has completely set after 1 hour in the freezer). Alternatively, you can place the molds directly in the fridge, where it will take around 3 hours to set.
  4. Remove molds from fridge and top with several sliced strawberries and a mint leaf for garnish.

To Serve with Strawberry Syrup (optional)

  1. Slice 1 cup strawberries into quarters and place into a saucepan. Add the sugar and water and simmer over low heat for several minutes until the strawberries have turned into a liquidy ‘stew.’
  2. Transfer mixture to an electric blender and blend for several minutes until smooth.
  3. Cut around the edge of each panna cotta mold with a sharp knife in order to loosen the custard. Tip each mold upside-down onto a plate and top with the strawberry syrup and several sliced starwberries.

Tip: In order to release the panna cotta from the mold, place the bottom of each mold briefly into a bowl of hot water, before tipping it upside-down onto the plate.

 

 

 

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  • Jerry | Simply Good Eating
    May 2, 2013 at 3:36 am

    With strawberries in season, I look forward to trying this elegant looking treat. Thanks for sharing this simple yet delicious post 🙂
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  • Fran
    May 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks Jerry- strawberries are unfortunately now going out of season here in Australia, but Panna Cotta is so delicious, you can eat it without any fruit topping!

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