Yeah I know we’re a lot about healthy eating and good Mediterranean foods, but hey it’s summertime and this Panna Cotta recipe is exactly what you need to top off a summer meal. In visiting Sicily last year, we discovered a cool little Cafe that made a great Panna Cotta. I been looking for a recipe that matched their Panna Cotta and found this one at the Splendid Table (here’s the link: http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/panna-cotta) that fit the bill. I added a few of my own ideas after testing it this weekend.
Panna Cotta translates to cooked cream and found that if you serve this with a good quality Balsamic Vinegar or a Saba syrup, you guest will be have felt they died and gone to heaven. I prefer a Saba syrup which can be found in most Italian Specialty Shops or online HERE ( Leonardi Saba Dressing (8.45 Fluid Ounces). Expect to spend a few bucks, but it’s worth it.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 3 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar, or more to taste
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup (8-ounce container) sour cream
- 2 cups pitted fresh cherries, strawberries, raspberries, sliced peaches or pears
- 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons artisan-made balsamic vinegar or 1 to 2 tablespoons Saba syrup
- Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. Let stand for 5 minutes. In a 3-quart saucepan, warm the cream with the sugar, salt, and vanilla over medium-high heat. Do not let it boil. Stir in the gelatin until thoroughly dissolved. Take the cream off the heat and cool about 5 minutes.
- Put the sour cream in a medium bowl. Gently whisk in the warm cream a little at a time until smooth. Taste for sweetness. It may need another teaspoon of sugar. Rinse 8 2/3 -cup ramekins, custard cups, or coffee cups with cold water. Fill each one three-quarters full with the cream. Chill 4 to 24 hours.
- To serve, either unmold by packing the molds in hot towels and then turning each out onto a dessert plate, or serve in their containers. Serve alone or with the fruit, or drizzle each portion with about 1/2 teaspoon artisan balsamic vinegar or Saba.
OK, Splurge a little, you earned it. Serve this with a cold Prosecco or a nice after dinner Pinot Noir with a slight chill. It’s been hot and the dog days of summer are still ahead of us, so lift your spirits with this Panna Cotta.
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