Panna Cotta with Berry Sauce

Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert that looks and tastes fancy but is truly not that difficult to make! First time I tasted it was at a buffet dinner in Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Oman. Wow! It was silky smooth and just firm.. with gentle wobble. The sauce that came with it was raspberry sauce. Raspberry sauce gave the panna cotta a slight tangy taste and I was instantly felt in love with this dessert. At that moment I never though that I could recreate this dessert.. looks to me like a difficult dessert to make. So.. I only enjoy them whenever we visited Shangri-La.

Then… I saw how people make panna cotta in a TV show called My Kitchen Rules (MKR)… MKR is one of the Australian cooking TV shows that my family and I enjoy watching every summer. Why summer? Well.. the show runs like any other TV series but we always make it a point to watch this together and since the last 3 years Aina and Nurin were in UK.. so we have to wait for them to be home and then only we watch the whole season of My Kitchen Rules. Since we are a family who loves cooking, this series give us inspiration to better ourselves. We enjoy looking at all the dishes that they created and also the drama that came with it hehehe.

Okay… back to panna cotta.. so in this TV show they always make panna cotta for dessert even though sometimes they failed. They always say that if you put a lot of gelatin, it will be hard and if not enough gelatin, it will not set. Hmm.. I always ask the question… why don’t you follow the recipe to the letter? Easier said than done, right? So.. Aina and I decided to challenge ourselves and attempt to make them AND…. it was a success. Well.. credit goes to Aina, she is the one who made them, I just assist. I am so happy with the recipe. Give it a try if you have a sweet tooth like me. Totally worth it.

Ingredients

Panna Cotta:

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 packet (2 1/2 tsp) unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

Berry Sauce:

  • 2 cups berries divided (I used blueberries as I cant find any strawberries at my local groceries store at that time )
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

Methods

Panna Cotta:

  • Place 1 cup milk in a medium sauce pan and sprinkle the top with 1 packet gelatin. Let stand 3-5 min or until gelatin is softened. Place pan over medium/low heat and stir until gelatin dissolves and mixture is steaming, about 4-5 min (do not boil).
  • Add 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and a pinch of salt. Continue stirring about 5 min until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture is steaming (do not boil). Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
  • Place sour cream in a medium bowl with a pouring lip. Whisking constantly, gradually add warm cream. Once the mixture is completely smooth, divide it into 6 wine glasses or 8 ramekins. Refrigerate until fully set; 4 to 6 hours.

Berry Sauce:

  • In a small sauce pan, combine 1 cup berries, 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice and 3 Tbsp sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook 4-5 min or until syrupy.
  • Stir in remaining 1 cup of fresh berries and remove from heat. When syrup is at room temp or just barely warm, spoon it over the top of chilled panna cottas.

 

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