Normally I’m one for quick easy recipes that produce really good tasting food. However at times I’m willing to put in a bit more effort – especially when I know the end result will be phenomenal! Panna Cotta sounds fancy and can be off-putting to attempt. The truth is it really isn’t all that difficult to make. It just takes a bit of time yet it is one of those desserts that you can make a day or two in advance – bonus!! Panna Cotta translates as “cooked cream” with a texture sort of like a pudding or probably more closely to a flan. It can be made in a variety of flavors but being spring I settled on a lemon version. Panna Cotta can be eaten with or without a sauce. One of my favorite combinations is lemon and blueberry so yeah – blueberry sauce it is!
Lemon Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
Total prep time = 30 min
Cool = 4 hours +
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
zest from 2 lemons
juice from 1 lemon
1 1/2 tsp unflavored gelatin
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 graham crackers crushed
confectioners sugar for dusting
Pour heavy cream in sauce pan with sugar. Cook stirring frequently over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add lemon zest and juice. Stir. Add gelatin, whisk until dissolved. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour mixture into molds and chill for at least 4 hours.
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cornstarch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Cook sugar and water over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Whisk in cornstarch. Add blueberries. Simmer and stir until berries begin to break down, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat add lemon juice. Cool.
Run sharp knife around edges of mold. Invert Panna Cotta mold on plate. Add blueberry compote on side of plate. Top with crumbled graham crackers and dust with confectioners sugar.
Decorative molds or ramekins can be used for molding Panna Cotta. However dessert cups, cups – even plastic cups can be used as a mold. Use what you have on hand.
Suggestions to help un-mold Panna Cotta:
Spray molds with cooking spray wiping most excess oil away so only a trace amount remains. Run a knife around the mold.
Dip molds in hot water for a few seconds. Run a knife around the mold.