Strawberry Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta – An Italian dessert made with sweetened cream and gelatin. Sharing a simple and easy-to-make panna cotta recipe that you will surely love! I topped this one with basic strawberry sauce and mint leaves. It can be made with any topping you desire! Even made two days ahead, it still tastes wonderful when served. Just keep them covered and well chilled.

Yield: About 6-8 wine glasses or 3 Hungry Miguels (see About).

*Ingredients:

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise), or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp of powdered, unflavored gelatin
  • 6 Tablespoons cold water

 

*Directions:

Heat heavy cream and sugar in a saucepan. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and stir in vanilla. (If you’re using a vanilla bean, scrape the seeds and add in the pod). Cover and let it infuse for about half an hour. Remove the bean and rewarm the mixture before you continue the procedure). As the custard is warming, prepare your desired container. I used wine glasses for this photo so I can serve them directly without the extra procedure of “unmolding” them. Plus, I must admit, they look more attractive that way! (If you opt to use ramekins or the like, spray (or brush) them lightly with vegetable oil so they don’t stick once you “unmold” them). Once done, place the cold water in a good size bowl and sprinkle the gelatin powder and let stand for about 5-10 minutes or until completely dissolved. Pour the warm panna cotta mixture over the gelatin and stir until well incorporated. Divide the mixture in prepared containers. Chill and serve with fresh fruit or your choice of flavored sauce.