As I was looking for variations of this recipe; I stumbled across the meaning of Panna Cotta- Italian for "cooked cream".
- FRESH BERRY COMPOTE
- 1/4 C. water
- 2 Tbs. sugar
- 1 1/2 C. fresh raspberries or other ripe berries
- BUTTERMILK PANNA COTTA
- 1 3/4 C. buttermilk
- 2 tsp. powdered gelatin (1 envelope)
- 1 1/4 C. heavy cream
- 1/4 C. sugar
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- Fresh mint sprigs or fresh berries, for garnish
First, make the Fresh Berry Compote: In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 C. of the berries. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring and smashing the berries, until the mixture has a jam-like consistency. Remove the pan from the heat and gently fold in the remaining berries. Divide the compote evenly among 6 large martini glasses. Put the glasses in the refrigerator to chill.
For the Buttermilk Panna Cotta, pour the buttermilk into a medium mixing bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin powder evenly over the buttermilk and leave it to soften for 1 minute; then, stir the gelatin into the buttermilk. Set aside. In a small saucepan, stir together the heavy cream and the sugar. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then remove immediately from the heat. Pour the hot cream mixture over the buttermilk. Stir to combine.
Stir in the lemon juice and the vanilla extract. Leave the mixture to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Remove the martini glasses from the refrigerator. Spoon the room-temperature panna cotta mixture evenly among the glasses. Return them to the refrigerator to chill until set, at least 2 hours. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs or fresh berries before serving.
Some other serving suggestions for Panna Cotta that I found included drizzling syrup or flavored liqueur (like creme de menth and orange caracao) or serving along side fresh sliced fruit.
This can be modified in many ways - substitute milk or cream for buttermilk, omit lemon juice, increase vanilla or other flavorings, stir in chocolate, espresso, liqueurs, eliminate berries, etc.
Enjoy!! We sure loved it :D
Wolfgang Puck is attributed with this recipe.