The best way to make panna cotta – eat this not so

Panna Cotta is one of the easiest no-bake desserts we can think of. It’s an icing dessert like custard, which comes together in a mold, and can keep like that in the fridge for a few days. The ingredient list is short and simple, although somewhat indulgent. We’ve used maple syrup in place of regular white sugar, to add a little caramel complexity to the sweetness of our custard.

Make this for a dinner party and your guests will be wowed by the presentation alone. You don’t have to throw away food in the kitchen to serve up a delicious, fancy dessert at your next dinner party.

However, if you prefer something lighter for dessert, we’ve got you covered with our list of healthy homemade desserts.

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1 packet unflavored gelatin (about 1 tablespoon)
3 tablespoons water
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup and a half
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
1/3 cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
Fresh berries to serve

how to make it

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In a small bowl, mix the gelatin pack with water. Leave it for 5 minutes until the gelatin blooms. Meanwhile, combine heavy cream, half and half, vanilla bean, hulled seeds, and maple syrup in a medium bowl. Cook over medium heat until mixture is hot and starts to boil.

Add gelatin to the panna cotta mixture in a saucepan
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Remove from the heat and add the blooming gelatin. Stir the mixture and leave for 15 minutes, then remove the vanilla pod.

Pour panna cotta mixture into moulds
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Divide the mixture among the moulds. You can use ramekins, non-stick muffin pans, or silicone ice trays. Put it in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight. If you are using ramekins or a muffin pan, dip their bottoms in hot water, then carefully run a knife around the edges. Flip it over to get panna cotta to slide out. If you are using silicone ice trays, simply push the panna cotta out by pressing on the flexible bottom.

Panna Cotta finished on a plate
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Serve panna cotta with fresh berries of your choice, topped with maple syrup or honey. Some people like to add jam to panna cotta, and who are we to argue.

The complete panna cotta recipe

  1. In a small bowl, mix gelatin with water. Leave it for 5 minutes until the gelatin blooms.
  2. Meanwhile, combine heavy cream, half and half, vanilla beans, hulled seeds, and maple syrup in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture is hot and starts to boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and add the blooming gelatin. Stir the mixture and leave for 15 minutes, then remove the vanilla bean.
  4. Divide the mixture among the moulds. You can use ramekins, non-stick muffin pans, or silicone ice trays. Put it in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Served with fresh berries of your choice, topped with maple syrup.

Related: The easy way to prepare healthy, more convenient foods.

Mora Domenico

Mora is a deputy editor who leads ETNT’s coverage of America’s favorite fast food and restaurant chains. Read more

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