I have always wanted to try panna cotta , a lovely milky dessert. I discovered this super easy recipe on David Lebovitz blog, and it turned out perfect. Its a great recipe for kids as well as its an all milk desert, you can serve with fruits or as it is. Sometimes I buy 200ml packets of cream which means when measuring I am a few tablespoons short from making 2 cups, so I make it up to 2 cups mark on the measuring cup with a little full cream milk.
I used the half of the required amount of ingredients for making my Panna Cotta's although I used a little bit more sugar as like mine slightly sweet.
for about 4 -5 serves
2 cups cream
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp gelatin powder
about 3 tbsp cold water
1. Measure 3 tbsp cold water into a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin on top and leave for the gelatin to bloom.
2. Pour cream into a saucepan, dont boil, just to heat it up. Add sugar and vanilla essence. Dissolve the sugar but dont let the cream boil. Switch off heat
3. Stir in the gelatin, stir to dissolve into the cream. When you dont find little dots when you lift your spoon then its dissolved.
4. Pour into ramekins, or little dessert glasses or even into one glass bowl. ( to speed up setting place bowls in the fridge to chill before you pour the panna cotta mixture in.) Chill for about 4 hours. Or make it a day ahead of serving. Serve with macerated strawberries given below.
1 punnet fresh strawberries or half a frozen strawberries packet thawed.
1 tbsp caster sugar
juice of 1 orange
Chop the strawberries roughly and mix in sugar and orange juice. Leave in the fridge for the flavours to develop for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Note :I dont like to preach but I recently learned that Gelatin is made of animal fat mainly cows and pigs so being a muslim and to all muslim readers I would advise you to check for the halal sign or read the ingredients on the gelatin packet and make sure its made of halal meat, before you purchase it.