Friday, January 14, 2011

First Stop the Sweet Tooth Booth : Peach Panna Cotta

I believe that everyone has a sweet tooth so for my first run its going to be something that will make that sweet tooth shiver with anticipation.

I first tasted panna cotta when we ordered the dessert sampler at Pizza Hut, I fell in love with it and so did my husband.  I just have to know how to make it, and I was pleasantly surprised that it's so easy to make. Here I am making Peach Panna Cotta, a little twisted version of the regular panna cotta. If you can't swing this one you are not meant to cook at all :)

 Peach Panna Cotta

What You Need;
1 sachet of unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup fresh milk
2 cans of Nestle Cream
1/2 cup white sugar
1 can peach halves
2 vanilla beans ( you can use 1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract instead)

Lets Get Cooking! 

1. Drain the peaches and save the syrup.  Divide the gelatin in two, dissolve the first half in the syrup from the peaches and the other half in the 1/3 cup of fresh milk. Get your vanilla bean, split it in half and soak it in the milk and gelatin mixture. Set aside.

2.  Carefully slice the peach halves, make wedges or cubes, whatever suits your fancy. Line them in the base of your bowl mold in a pinwheel, flower or any design you like. Heck you can even spell you name with it :). This should be good enough for three molds.

3. Lets get back to the gelatin you soaked in the peach syrup. Pour that into a stainless pan and cook in low heat.  Make sure you stir the mixture slowly while its heating up so you get a smooth and even texture. Watch it carefully, don't let it boil, as soon as you see that the mixture is starting to thicken up and tiny bubbles start to form then its done. Pour that on top of  your sliced peaches and set aside. Oh make sure you only fill the bowl mold half way as you are still going to pour the panna cotta mixture on top. Refrigerate for an hour.

4. Check that the peach and gelatin that's chilling refrigerator is already firm before you move on to the next step. If you pour the panna cotta mixture while the peach gelatin mixture is still soft this may cause the gelatin to collapse.
5. Mix the cream and sugar and cook in medium heat, as soon as the cream starts to bubble add the gelatin and milk mixture(remove the vanilla beans). Turn the heat low and stir slowly for another minute and pour on top of the peach gelatin mixture. Refrigerate for two hours.