1/2 cup strawberriesor any berry you like, frozen are fine
1/2 cup blackberriesor any berry you like, frozen are fine
1/2 cup raspberriesor any berry you like, frozen are fine
1 tablespoon icing sugar
1 cup Milk
475 millilitres Cream
3 teaspoons powdered gelatine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Creamy baked milk paired with the sweetness of fresh spring berries.
As I’ve said before, “I love spring!” A time when menus virtually write themselves. How can one not incorporate strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries and blueberries into at least one course of a dinner menu. In this dish I’ve steeped more than stewed; blueberries, raspberries and boysenberries in a light sugar syrup to accompany the delicate panna cotta. Even if I’m only cooking for four I still tend to make this recipe for six, a little snack for the cook pre dinner…..ssshhhh.
Note: You will need: 6 ramekins approx 125 mls (4.5 oz) capacity for this recipePanna Cotta
- Lightly grease the ramekins with a touch of the butter.
- Dissolve the gelatine in the milk.
- Place the cream, sugar and essence in a saucepan and bring just to the boil then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Add the milk and gelatine to the cream and mix well (be sure to get any gelatine that may have settled and not dissolved).
- Let stand a further 10 minutes.
- Stir and strain through a fine sieve and pour into the ramekins and allow to set in the fridge for approx 4 hrs.
Note:I like to remove my panna cottas from the fridge about an hour before serving. I find this allows the flavours to marry without the distraction of excess chill. If you plan to do the same, make sure they stay stiff enough to serve. This is another good excuse to eat one of those extra panna cottas prior to dinner, “quality control.”Berry Compote
- While the panna cottas set, place a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add about a tablespoon of water, then the berries and sugar.
- Once some juice develops in the bottom of the pot turn the heat to high and gently stir.
- Once it reaches boiling, remove the pot from the stove and allow to steep for 1 hr, then transfer to fridge.
- Once panna cottas are set and ready to serve, strain the berry compote (reserving the liquid).
- Arrange your plates and carefully run a small knife around the edge of each ramekin to loosen the panna cotta.
- Invert the ramekin onto the plate and the panna cotta should slide out.
- If it doesn’t, carefully lift one edge and use the knife to let some air get behind it.
- Top each one with a spoon of the compote and drizzle a touch of the liquid over that.