Panna cotta is Italian for “Holy f**k that’s good”. Ok according to Wikipedia and google translate it’s Italian for “cooked cream” but that can’t be right, right? With that logic, Pizza translates to something like “cheese sauce bread”. So let’s just go with my translation.
However a better name would be “redenzione” which google translate tells me means redemption, as it will save you from most anything, even a bad main dish. Say you bring a date home and your soggy tasteless pasta has them bolting for the door. You then bring out the panna cotta. Redenzione.
Lately, I’ve been trying to make a list of 10 very simple things that if you knew how to make well, you could impress anyone. I’ve not gotten that far on the list, but concerning desserts, panna cotta is definitely going on it.
It’s also one of the easiest desserts to make, and it can be made in advance. It will even keep in the fridge for a few days. You’re running out of excuses not to make panna cotta by now right?
This version is a Christmas panna cotta so it has a mulled wine jelly on top, which is a perfect combination, but you can go crazy and infuse the panna cotta with all kinds of stuff and top it with whatever you want. I’m not going to go into specifics but I’ll leave you with a few keywords off the top of my head. Rum, coffee, cinnamon, dried fruit, figs, nuts, cookie crumbs, amaretto, honey, berries.
Christmas Panna Cotta
- Panna Cotta
- 3 dl double cream
- 3 dl milk
- 25 g sugar
- 1 vanilla pod, split in half with seeds separated.
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 gelatine leaves
- Mulled Wine Jelly
- 2 dl mulled wine
- 2 gelatine leaves
- Step 1 Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water.
- Step 2 Bring the double cream, milk, vanilla pod, vanilla seeds, cinnamon stick and sugar to a simmer. Remove from heat and leave for a couple of minutes.
- Step 3 Squeeze water from the gelatine and add to the pan. Stir until dissolved.
- Step 4 Strain the liquid into a bowl and cool to room temperature.
- Step 5 Divide into four cups or whatever you want to serve it in.
- Step 6 Soak gelatine leaves in cold water.
- Step 7 Bring the mulled wine to a boil, then remove from heat.
- Step 8 Stir in the gelatine leaves and leave to cool.
- Step 9 When the panna cotta has started to set and the mulled wine has cooled a little bit, pour the mulled wine over the panna cotta and leave in the fridge for about 2 hours.