Whenever I crave something sweet, delicate and light, the first this that comes in mind is panna cotta.
This little cooked wonder is so light and easy to make …and so forgetful with the muffin top.
Luckily, you can make it such, that it will not show forever on your hips or belly or any other body parts where good food tends to localize. To make it even lighter, just replace the full fat cream with some light version, instead of sugar use some stevia or any other sweetner.
So, to summarize it, it is a great summer sweet. Well, its italian roots already recommends it as a great dessert.
It consists of simple, basic ingredients – cream, milk, gelatine, sugar and vanilla. Most importantly, making it doesn’t require too much technique nor work.
panna cotta with pistachio and red berries gelee
red berries gelee
300 grams red berries (strawberries, raspberries, red currants)
6 tablespoons water
5 tablespoons sugar
2 gelatine sheets
Pre-soak the gelatine in cold water for 10 minutes. In a pot bring the red berries, water, sugar and vanilla to a boil. Remove the pot from the fire and mix in the gelatine. Set the mixture cool down and then pour it gently in the serving bowls or glasses making sure there are not too many air bubbles into the gelee. Place the bowls into the fridge to set, for about an hour.
pistachio panna cotta
500 ml whipping cream
100 ml milk
100 grams finely ground pistachio nuts
4 tablespoons sugar
8 grams gelatine (about 6 sheets of gelatine)
Pre-soak the gelatine in cold water for 10 minutes. In a pan,bring the whipping cream, the milk, sugar and vanilla to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, add the pistachio and the softened gelatine and stir well, making sure that the mixture is homogenous. Let them infuse for 10-20 minutes. Before pouring the panna cotta into the serving bowl, you can strain the mixture, to insure a smoother consistency. Pour the mixture into the serving bowls on top of the set fruit gelee and place into the fridge to set for about an hour.
Serve the panna cotta with fresh fruits (red currants, passion fruit, strawberries, etc. ).