This popular Italian dessert is striking and elegant yet very easy to make. Try it the next time you have dinner guests.
You will need
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 2 tbsp. water
- 1 c. half and half
- 2 c. heavy cream
- u2153 c. sugar
- 1u00bd tsp. vanilla extract
- 6 small custard cups or ramekins
- Fresh berries or fruit sauce
- Chocolate sauce
- Additional gelatin (optional)
- u00bd vanilla bean (optional)
Step 1 Dissolve the gelatin Add the gelatin to the water in a small saucepan. Heat gently and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Then remove from heat.
Use more gelatin to get a firmer panna cotta.
Step 2 Boil the cream Bring the cream, half and half, and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching.
Step 3 Add the vanilla and gelatin Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract and gelatin mixture. Stir to combine.
For richer flavor, split half a vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the cream before heating.
Step 4 Pour into molds Pour the mixture into custard cups or ramekins.
Step 5 Chill Chill until set, at least six hours or overnight.
Step 6 Unmold Dip each mold into hot water for a few seconds to loosen, and then invert your panna cotta onto a plate.
Step 7 Serve Serve with fresh berries, fruit sauce, or chocolate sauce.
Did You Know:
Most pills contain gelatin either as a binding agent or a coating.