Saturday, April 28, 2012

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Strawberry and Rhubarb Compote

Indulge in spring awakening. 
Cook time: 20 minutes              |            Total time: 4 hours              |               Yield: 3-4

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta:
· 2 tablespoons water
· 1 1/4 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
· 1 3/4 cups cream
· 1/3 cup sugar
· 1 cup half and half
· Pinch salt
· 1 - 2 drops fresh lemon juice

· 1 drop of vanilla extract
· 1 vanilla bean, seeds only

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote:
· 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces fresh rhubarb
· 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
· 1 1/2 cups sugar
· 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
· 2 teaspoons cornstarch, if desired (to thicken)

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta:
1. Sprinkle the gelatin over the of water in a 
 bowl. Let sit to soften.
2. Put the half and half in a small saucepan 
with the sugar over medium heat and heat 
until bubbles form around the edges. Whisk
 until all the sugar is dissolved. 
3. Take off the heat and whisk in the gelatin mixture until completely dissolved. Whisk in the cream, salt, lemon essential oil, and vanilla bean seeds.
4. Divide the panna cotta mixture between four 6 - 8 ounce individual serving containers and chill until set. Before serving, top with 
spoonfuls of strawberry rhubarb compote.

Strawberry Rhubarb Compote:
1. Combine rhubarb, sugar, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a heavy large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. 
2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until rhubarb is tender, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add the cornstarch to the remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice and add to the rhubarb mixture. 
3. Add strawberries, and simmer for 2-3 minutes, uncovered.
4. Transfer rhubarb mixture to bowl. Cover and chill until cold, about 2 hours. 

Source: Adapted from Good Life Eats

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