Monday, November 14, 2011

Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce

Let me tell you about this dessert.  This is panna cotta with strawberry sauce, and it is one of my favorite desserts.  Ever.  Those are some strong words, I know, but they’re true.  This dessert is just really good.  And it can be served in individual clear glasses, which makes it fancy.  Yes, that is the defining characteristic of a fancy dessert; its ability to be served in a clear individual glass is the crucial element that brings it from everyday to something extra special. I’m clearly making that up, but that’s ok.  I like my panna cotta in clear glasses.  It just looks so pretty.

Not to mention that it’s super tasty.  The panna cotta has a nice, mild flavor, and it is completely smooth, which just makes it a really enjoyable dessert. Paired with the strawberry sauce, the panna cotta is perfectly balanced, as it is not too sweet on its own.  The flavor and texture of this panna cotta are simply perfect.  I would imagine that the strawberry sauce could be made with other berries instead if you prefer.  Panna cotta with raspberry sauce? Or blackberry sauce?  Yes, please!

This panna cotta with strawberry sauce is one of the desserts that I always like to make with my cousin.  She was visiting from Colombia this past weekend, so there was no way we couldn’t make this!  She’s also where I got the recipe for the Lime and White Chocolate Mousse that I posted a while back.  Both desserts are simple and sophisticated and delicious. They’re also very easy to prepare! They may require a few extra bowls and an ice bath to complete, but those extra dishes that have to be washed are totally worth it.

Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce
recipe from À La Carte, by María Villegas


For the Panna Cotta

1 cup milk
3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 ⅓ cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract
7 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt

For the Strawberry Sauce

½ cup water
½ cup sugar
2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters


In a medium sized saucepan, combine the unflavored gelatin and the milk, and let stand for ten minutes.  In the meantime, prepare an ice bath in a large plastic bowl.  Pour the cream into a bowl, and add the vanilla extract.  After ten minutes have passed, heat the milk and gelatin over medium heat, and stir occasionally until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat, and add the sugar and salt, and stir to dissolve.  Gradually add the cream to the milk mixture, making sure to stir the entire time.  Transfer this mixture from the saucepan to a clean bowl, and place in the ice bath.  Leave this in the ice bath for ten minutes, making sure to stir occasionally, until the mixture has begun to thicken.  After the ten minutes, pass this mixture through a sieve, and then pour into your desired serving dishes (feel free to use either one large dish or smaller, individual ramekins or glasses). Cover the panna cotta with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge to firm, at least four hours.

To prepare the strawberry sauce, combine the water and sugar in a saucepan, and heat until a simple syrup is formed, about 15 minutes.  Add the strawberries to the simple syrup, and cook together for about 10 minutes, or until the strawberries have begun to break down. Allow the strawberries to cool slightly, and then in a blender, process until the sauce is smooth.  Cool the sauce completely, and then store it in the fridge until the panna cotta is ready to serve.

1 comment:

  1. I've never tried panna cotta but it sounds delicious. Definitely going to have to try it now!


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