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Panna Cotta with Strawberry Purée

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Categories: Easter, Entertaining, Quick to fix, Sweet, Valentine's Day
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

Seasonal fruits complement this creamy Italian dessert

Prep Time: prep 5 mins, plus at least 3 hrs chilling

Serves: makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 1 / 2 tsp unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 1 / 4 cups heavy cream
  • 3-4 tbsp superfine sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 8oz ( 250g) strawberries, hulled, plus 4 whole strawberries for garnish
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Directions:

  1. Pour the water into a small heatproof bowl and sprinkle in the gelatin. Let stand for 3-5 minutes until the gelatin softens and looks spongy. Bring 1in (2.5cm) water to a boil in a medium saucepan, then remove from heat. Set the bowl of gelatin in the pan, and let stand, stirring often until dissolved.
  2. Combine the cream and 2 tbsp sugar in another saucepan and slowly bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the gelatin mixture and stir well. Carefully ladle the cream into the ramekins. Cool completely. Cover each with plastic wrap and chill at least 3 hours until set.
  3. Meanwhile, purée the berries with 1-2 tbsp of the remaining sugar to taste in a blender or food processor, then cover and set aside until ready to serve.
  4. To serve, quickly dip the base of each ramekin in hot water, and dry the ramekin. Working with one ramekin at a time, place a serving plate on top and invert, giving a gentle shake. Lift and remove the ramekin. Spoon the purée around each panna cotta and decorate with whole strawberries.
Tips:
  • prep 5 mins, plus at least 3 hrs chilling

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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