Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce (20 mins prep plus 1+ hour for panna cotta to set)

I wanted to do a blog about homemade ice lollies, but given the rubbish weather thought that was a bit pointless…  So instead I have opted for vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce, which still feels quite summery but also creamy enough to cheer up a rainy day/evening.  It’s the first time I’ve made it and yes – it is as quick and easy as the recipes claim!   You need ramekins for each serving.  I used vanilla essence instead of a vanilla pod as they were very expensive.  My friend used Dr Oetker Vege-gel (which she bought in Sainsbury’s) instead of gelatine and this worked fine apparently.  Recipe serves 5.

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Here is my slightly simplified version of the recipe (originally from http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/vanillapannacotta_87907/ ):

Ingredients

For the panna cotta

3 gelatine leaves

250ml/9fl oz milk

250ml/9fl oz double cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence or 1 vanilla pod, split sideways, seeds scraped out

25g/1oz sugar

For the sauce

175g/6oz sugar

175ml/6fl oz water

350g/12oz raspberries

For the panna cotta, soak the gelatine leaves in a little cold water until soft.  Place the milk, cream, vanilla essence/vanilla pod and seeds and sugar into a pan and bring to a simmer. If using a vanilla pod, discard at this point.  Squeeze the water out of the gelatine leaves, then add to the pan and take off the heat. Stir until the gelatine has dissolved.  Divide the mixture among four ramekins and leave to cool. Place into the fridge for at least an hour, until set.

For the sauce, place the sugar and water into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar has dissolved.  Take the pan off the heat and add half the raspberries. Using a hand blender, blend the sauce until smooth.

To serve, turn each panna cotta out onto a serving plate, by dipping the base of each ramekin in boiled water, gently sliding a knife around each of the panna cotta and turning it out in to the centre of the serving plate. Spoon over the sauce and garnish with a sprig of mint if you fancy.

Here is a link to some more adventurous panna cotta recipes

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/search?dishes[]=panna_cotta   I think I’ll give the lemongrass and coconut panna cotta a try sometime soon!

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7 thoughts on “Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce (20 mins prep plus 1+ hour for panna cotta to set)

  1. Mmmh. I think I’ll try this tomorrow. As raspberries are in season at the moment and I love pannacotta, this should be a perfect combination. Just need to hunt for some veggie gelatine.

    • Excellent – hope you like it! I was surprised how easy it is but how restauranty it looks. Not sure re veggie gelatine – health food shop or probably even supermarket these days. Hope you find some x

      • I’m so excited, I made this tonight and it was delicious. First time I made panna cotta and first time I cooked with gelatine (well, vege-gel). So, for the veggies out there, I found the Vege-Gel (from Dr. Oetker) in Sainsburys and I used one sachet which worked out perfectly. I also had some extra tips from my mum: When dissolving the gelatine, add some fruit juice or syrup. Also for those who like super smooth raspberry sauce (or ‘coulis’ as the French call it) you can pass it through a sieve or cloth. You can also freeze the sauce, which is handy. On the continent people serve the coulis warm over vanilla ice cream. I don’t know why I never made pannacotta before. It really is easy to make and so scrumptious. I’ll be trying out more of these. Thanks Katie for the inspiration.

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