Panna Cotta

This is a fantastic Italian dessert made using very simple ingredients. If not for Surya, I would have missed out on the signature dessert at Kryptos, a Greek restaurant in Chennai. I had been meaning to try this dessert for weeks now, ever since I feasted on it. Finally, I made two cups yesterday, one for my friend's kids and another for my friend and mom during our pizza dinner get together! It was such a big hit. While the basic ingredients remain the same, you will find variations of sauces to accompany this delicious dessert.

Cream 2 1/2 cups
Gelatin 3 tsps or 1 envelope
Sugar 1/2 cup or 4 tsps
Vanilla essence 2 tsps
Milk 2 tbsps
Hot water 1 tbsp
Wine goblets or Ramekins

1. Dissolve the gelatin in hot water.
2. Add milk and mix well.
3. Boil the cream on low flame and add the sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar completely dissolves.
4. Add vanilla essence and mix.
5. Add the gelatin mix and stir.
6. Take it off the stove and pour the mix into wine goblets or ramekins.
7. Allow it to cool until it returns to room temperature.
8. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours until the panna cotta firmly sets in the mould.
9. Unmould the dessert and serve it with chocolate sauce, honey, or strawberry sauce.


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