Panna Cotta is a classic northern Italian dessert with roots in the dairy-rich Piedmont region. Although it only takes a few minutes to prepare, it lends a sophisticated finish to any special meal or occasion. This recipe proves once again that a dish doesn’t have to be complicated to be out-of-this-world delicious.
Here is what you will need
1/3 cup cold water
1 ½ tablespoons unflavored gelatin
2 cups half & half
½ cup honey or 1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a medium glass bowl, sprinkle gelatin over the cold water and let stand for 5 – 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the heavy cream, half & half and honey to a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
Pour the warm mixture over the gelatin and stir until thoroughly dissolved.
Divide into wine goblets and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours before serving.
To serve, top with strawberry sauce, seasonal fresh berries, caramel sauce or drizzled with honey.
To make your Italian dessert a Mocha Panna Cotta: delete the vanilla extract and replace with 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder and top with shaved dark chocolate.
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