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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis

Vanilla is a flavor derived from orchids of the genus Vanilla, primarily from the Mexican species, flat-leaved vanilla (V. planifolia). The wordvanilla, derived from the diminutive of the Spanish word vaina (vaina itself meaning sheath or pod), simply translates as little pod. Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron,[9][10] because growing the vanilla seed pods is labor-intensive.[10] Despite the expense, vanilla is highly valued for its flavor, which author Frederic Rosengarten, Jr. described in The Book of Spices as "pure, spicy, and delicate"; he called its complex floral aroma a "peculiar bouquet".[11] As a result, vanilla is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking, perfume manufacture and aromatherapy. - acc to Wiki..

In the peak summer, I am in a spree to make  something to beat the heat. This dish is a longtime pending dish.I wanted to try this panna cotta for a long time. Tried this simple recipe and strawberry sauce.

Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe:

Ingredients :

  • Whole milk - 300 ml
  • Unflavored powdered gelatin - 3 tsp
  • Full cream - 300 ml
  • Sugar - 2  tbsp or required
  • Vanilla extract - 2 -3 tsp



  • Pour the milk into the saucepan or vessel and place over medium heat on the stove. 
  • Next, add the cream, sugar. Making sure the mixture doesn't boil, continue to heat and stir occasionally until the sugar has dissolved 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. 
  • In another bowl stir the gelatin powder in little water. dsouble boil it in a vessel. stir well without the lumps. When the geltin is dissolved nicely, pour it to the milk mixture .
  • Stir nicely, add vanilla extract and allow it to cool. Then pour into the glass or mould.
  • Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Add garnishes and serve.

Strawberry Coulis  Recipe:


  • Strawberries - 100 - 150 gms
  • Sugar  - according to the sourness of strawberry( I required more)
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 lemon
  • Water - 2tbsp


  • Make a puree of strawberry by adding water and strain the seeds.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Once the sugar has been dissolved, turn off the heat.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator and use as garnish for the dessert.

Drool worthy Panna cotta was dug by my lil one, when I was clicking.

Recipe courtesy: BarbaraCakes

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