Friday, February 11, 2011

Strawberry Panna Cotta


Panna Cotta is on of my favorite desserts, so when I saw this recipe for strawberry panna cotta, I had to give it a try. Strawberries and panna cotta sounded like the perfect combo. Not only is it a wonderful dessert, but it's pink too!  What better to celebrate Valentine's day with your sweetheart with than a creamy, delicious, pink panna cotta.
Panna cotta can be placed in ramekins and unmolded, or for an even simpler but elegant presentation, simply pour the mixture into a martini glasses or other glassware. 
Strawberry Panna  Cotta
(Printable recipe) 
source: Gourmet  | May 2002
Ingredients:
3 cups sliced strawberries (1 pound)
1 3/4 cups well-shaken low-fat buttermilk
6 tablespoons sugar* (or more according to taste)
2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin, from less than 2 (1/4-oz) envelopes
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream

Method:
Blend strawberries, buttermilk, and sugar in a blender until very smooth, then pour through a very fine sieve into a medium bowl, pressing hard on solids. Discard solids.
Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a small bowl and let stand 1 minute to soften. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture, stirring until dissolved. Whisk cream mixture into strawberry purée and pour into molds or glasses. Chill, covered, until firm, at least 8 hours.To unmold, dip molds in a small bowl of hot water 2 or 3 seconds, then invert panna cottas onto dessert plates and remove molds. If you don't want to unmold the panna cotta, just serve if you them in whatever you chilled them in.
I topped mine with a little bit of whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
 * Note: I added 2 extra tablespoons of sugar. I tasted the base and it was a little too tart for my taste.
My sweetie pie is still in Iraq, so I guess I'll have to make it again when he gets home.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

10 comments:

bellini valli said...

Happy Valentines Day!!! I have panna cotta on my bucket list of things to make and this seems as good a place to start as any!!

mitzi said...

Looks wonderful. I love creamy desserts. Valentine's day will be everyday in 3 weeks:)

lynne said...

Yum! This looks amazing!

Mary Beth Downey said...

This looks SO yummy, Paula! Come follow me over at www.downrightdowney@blogspot.com. Just got it up and running!

Mary Beth Downey said...

This looks yummy, Paula! Follow me on www.downrightdowney@blogspot.com. Just got it started up - lots of food posts to come! Won't be ANYTHING as good as "half baked." :)

ABowlOfMush said...

Wow this looks so delicious!!
Perfect for after a romantic dinner :)

grace said...

sorry you're missing your sweetie this valentine's day! this is a super-tasty treat, though, and one i'm sure he's looking forward to eating!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I've never tried panna cotta - but it sure looks delicious. The texture, I think, would be beautiful.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Ps. Thinking of you as your sweetie is in Iraq. That's a tough time. My Dad went away for 6 months to Iraq. I hope all is well.

Sarah | Yahoo! Shine said...

What a special, romantic recipe for Valentine's Day. It's so visually lovely too (your gorgeous pics help!).

This would make a perfect contribution to this month's Shine Supper Club which is all about our sexiest dishes. Hope you will join us!