Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert. This lovely egg-less custard-like pudding has a rich flavor and silky smooth texture that takes just minutes to prepare. It is the perfect dinner party dessert as it is can be made ahead, is well suited for individual servings, stunning to look at and delicious to eat.
1 package (1/4 ounce) (7 grams) unflavored powdered gelatin
1/4 cup (60 ml) cold milk
2 1/4 cups (540 ml) heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup (60 grams) confectioners’ (icing or powdered) sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla paste or pure vanilla extract
To start, have ready six small (1/2 cup) (120 ml) custard cups, ramekins, ceramic bowls, wine glasses or other small dessert cups.
In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold milk and let this mixture sit for about 5 – 10 minutes. It will soften, swell, and become spongy. Meanwhile, combine the cream and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring it just to a boil, stirring to dissolve the powdered sugar. Once the cream is very hot, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the gelatin mixture. Stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved. If necessary, return the saucepan to the stove and stir over low heat until you no longer see any gelatin particles. Stir in the vanilla paste or extract.
Pour the cream into the dessert cups and place in the refrigerator to chill for two to four hours, or until set. The Panna Cotta can be made one to two days before serving.
Can serve with a medley of fresh berries, fruit, chocolate sauce, or a fruit sauce.
Makes 6 individual servings. Preparation time 35 minutes.
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