Certainly! Making classic vanilla panna cotta is a delightful and relatively simple process. Here’s a recipe for you:
Classic Vanilla Panna Cotta Recipe:
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons gelatin (about 1 packet)
- 3 tablespoons cold water
- Prepare Gelatin:
- In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over cold water. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom.
- Heat Cream Mixture:
- In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream and sugar. If you’re using a vanilla bean, split it open lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the cream mixture. Add the whole vanilla bean as well.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently until it almost comes to a simmer. Do not let it boil.
- Dissolve Gelatin:
- Once the cream mixture is heated, remove the vanilla bean if used. Stir in the bloomed gelatin until completely dissolved.’
- Add Vanilla Extract (if not using a vanilla bean):
- If you’re not using a vanilla bean, stir in the vanilla extract at this point.
- Strain Mixture:
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl to remove any undissolved gelatin or vanilla bean particles.
- Pour into Molds or Glasses:
- Pour the mixture into ramekins, molds, or glasses. This recipe should fill about 4-6 depending on the size of your serving containers.
- Refrigerate the panna cotta for at least 4 hours or until set. For best results, leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
- Once set, run a knife around the edge of each panna cotta and invert onto a plate if desired. Alternatively, you can serve them directly in the containers.
- Garnish (Optional):
- Garnish with fresh berries, a drizzle of caramel, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar before serving.
Enjoy your delicious classic vanilla panna cotta!
Note: Panna cotta is very versatile, so feel free to experiment with different toppings and flavor variations.