Today recipe is a well-known dessert among foodies – panna cotta. Many of you already cooked it or tried in a restaurant, but I’d like to show you the festive presentation, how you can serve the gorgeous-looking dessert to your family and guests during the winter holidays.
Everything in this dessert says ‘winter’: delicate and tender snowflakes (recipe coming soon), smooth and creamy panna cotta that looks almost like a real snow-blanket, rosemary “pine needles”, and of course aromatic mandarin -segments. Another great thing about this dessert is that it looks like you really fussed over it. Shhhh… 😉
You can make panna cotta a day or two ahead, and you will need only to saute mandarin segments and garnish the dessert. But don’t forget to cool mandarins, otherwise panna cotta will melt.
Holiday Panna Cotta
200ml double cream
300ml full-fat milk
45-50g white sugar
1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
2 tsp powdered gelatin
40ml cold water
1-2 tbsp demerara or brown sugar
2 small mandarins
few rosemary needles
2 tsp mandarin zest, optional
1 tbsp orange liquor (or brandy), optional
1 mandarin shortbread cookie per cup (recipe is coming)
- In a pan, pour cream with milk, add vanilla and sugar, heat (but don’t boil) until sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and let the mixture infuse with vanilla flavour for 20-30 minutes. Then take out the bean, and rewarm the mixture.
- In a small cup, add cold water and sprinkle gelatin over it.
- Take the pan from the heat, add gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Pour the panna cotta mixture into 4 cups, put cups in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.
- For the garnish, in a frying pan add sugar, mandarin segments, zest and rosemary, and saute for 3-5 minutes on a medium-high heat. Add liquor, if using, and saute for few minutes more. Leave to cool.
- Garnish each cup with few mandarin segments and one cookie.