Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

                             Vanilla Panna cotta........ fancy name.....but super simple dessert.

Whenever I used to watch a chef using vanilla bean, I never thought it would make any difference......until I used it myself........last week I bought 2 vanilla beans (just two).......I am glad I used it .....and I am glad I used it wisely......End result......Vanilla Bean just ROCKS.

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  • 500ml  Fresh Cream
  • 50 g Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla bean (or vanilla extract)
  • 2 1/2 tsp Gelatin
  • 50 ml Cold water
Fresh Strawberry Sauce
  • 200g Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Sugar

    1. Pour cream into a saucepan, split vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape all the seeds with a knife and into the cream,toss in the whole bean in too. Bring the cream to a simmer, take off the heat and discard the vanilla bean. Cover the pan for 30 minutes.
    2. Add sugar to the cream and re-heat until the sugar is dissolved.
    3. Lightly grease 6 to 7 cups(I used small steel tumblers) with oil.
    4. In a bowl sprinkle gelatin over cold water and let it stand for 10 minutes.
    5. Pour the warm vanilla cream over the gelatin and stir until it is completely dissolved.
    6. Divide the mixture into the greased cups and chill for 4 to 5 hrs or overnight.
    7. Make Strawberry sauce- Blend half of the strawberries with sugar in a blender till smooth.Chop the remaining strawberries and mix both.Transfer to a bowl.
    8. Removing the set panna cotta from the cups is pretty tricky. Run a knife around the edges and unmold into a serving bowl and serve with strawberry sauce.


    1. Superb Cherie!! We are truly soul sisters or what? I had bookmarked this to be tried out for Valentines, but never got around doing it..I must give it a shot now :) Great presentation!

    2. beautiful panna cotta.....really nice clicks.

    3. superb dessert! love the combination of strawberries and fresh vanilla bean... awesome clicks

    4. That looks gorgeous cherrie, vanilla beans are quite expensive, here also i get 2 in a pod, you have done a good job, beautiful clicks as always

    5. mouthwatering panna cotta!!pic looks superb!

    6. Panna Cotta has always been one of my favorite desserts, but I've never tried Vanilla Beans and also waiting to taste it with Strawberry syrup. Now your recipe makes it all, and I feel delighted to see this colorful delicacy. :)
      I'll be glad if you could link this to my ongoing event.
      Event : Cakes, Cookies and Desserts

    7. Yummy recipe..bookmarked


    8. The panna cotta looks fabulous. Yes its amazing how much difference a bean makes compared to the extract.


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