Hello People, hope you guys had
fun on Valentine’s Day. Last week was hectic for me so very less updates here.
It’s season of love, season of red and also season of strawberries. It’s
raining strawberries in almost all local grocery stores in the city. People
even sell strawberries in traffic signals these days. I got some great deals at
the supermarket so got some for myself.
I literally enjoy strawberries with
cream or condensed milk… so sinful. You can use these lovely strawberries in so
many ways from breakfast to dessert. Over the weekend I was thinking of making a
strawberry cheese-cake but then last moment I changed my mind to try out a
strawberry panna cotta. And there I was driven by the desire making these little
cups of pleasure.
What is Panna Cotta? (for those who are not familiar with it)
Panna cotta is an Italian dessert
and it literally means cooked cream. You can use almost any flavor to build up
on a basic panna cotta. And It is one of the simplest desert recipe that you can
try out. You don’t need an oven or anything fancy. You can make your pana
cottas in moulds, cups, ramekins, or even wine glasses. You can serve them
either in your glasses or you can de mould them and serve. Believe me it just
doesn’t matter. Finally you are going to enjoy them.
For this recipe I have
done both – I have made in my juice glasses and also in my silicon cup cake
moulds. So you can choose which method you want to use. Now let’s see the
- Fresh cream – 1 cup (you may also
use low fat or double, I am using Low fat here)
- Whole milk – ½ cup
- Sugar – ¼ cup
- Strawberry crush – 2 table spoon
(I am using strawberry preserves)
- Fresh strawberry – 6-7 chopped
- Gelatin – 2 tablespoon (you can
use a gelatin sheet, or dust or granules, any gelatin is fine)
- Warm water to soak & dilute
- Add warm water to gelatin and let
it soak and expand
- Add fresh cream in a sauce-pan
and put it on medium heat
- Add milk and sugar and mix well.
[Don’t put on high heat or stir
vigorously – you don’t want the cream splitting up]
- After 4-5 mins take it off the
heat and mix gelatin to this mixture.
- Add strawberry crush/ strawberry
preserve to this mixture. It will give a beautiful color and have an intense
Now all that is left is to refrigerate and let it set!
Ways of Setting your Panna Cotta
If you want to set the panna cotta
in moulds and you want to de-mould and serve then put chopped strawberries first
in the moulds and pour in the panna cotta mixture.
Like in the following images
If you are serving it in glasses
or ramekins then pour the mixture first in the vessels.
Put the filled moulds/ramekins in
the fridge for 2-3 hours and let it set.
Do not put it in the freezer to save time or
else you’ll get an iced panna cotta… you really don’t want that.
Serve them chilled and garnish
them with chopped strawberries. You can also add some strawberry syrup if you
want for the garnish.
Wasn’t that really easy peasy? I
can assure you it tastes yumm…
You need to be careful when you are soaking the gelatin. Make sure it has diluted in the water well or else you might find them setting at the bottom of your panna cotta.
Try this easy recipe and let me
know how it was. I really like your comments.