Sunday, March 16, 2008

Can you guess what this is? Yes it is Vanilla Panna Cotta

Hi everyone :) Thanks a lot for participating in this guessing game :) Panna Cotta is one of the easiest dessert anyone can prepare. Its easier to prepare than the Caramel Custard Pudding. Panna Cotta- means "Cooked Cream" . This is a Italian dessert made by cooking cream,and sugar and adding gelatin to it later and refrigerating it to set it. One of the readers commented as " Is that milk pudding,made of gelatin,served with chocolate sauce? " well that's just Panna Cotta, except that it is usually served alongside Fruit sauce made by simmering berries or fruits , for which I did not have the patience.

This is my entry for the "Festa-Italiana" hosted by Marie of Proud Italian Cook and Maryann from Finding La Dolce Vita . This is also my entry for "Sugar High Friday"hosted by Habeas Brulee.

I prepares this dish for V ( poor thing he got a mouth sore after having one of my spicy dishes these days and I felt I owned him something sweet) and I was in mood for a dessert on Saturday midnight :)) , yes you saw that right, I wrote midnight, because I wasn't feeling sleepy at all and as usual I was in front of my computer searching for recipes. I came across this luscious, glossy, smooth and creamy dessert on Internet and decided to see what exactly it is and I was so surprised to see that it was egg less and easy to make:) , I didn't wait, as usual I was in form when I wanted to cook what I wanted :) and thought that V would also would enjoy it on Sunday morning :) I made it and refrigerated overnight and the next day it came out perfect ! Enough I will stop my yapping and post the recipe below :)


Cream - 2 1/2 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Gelatin - 1 envelope (almost 2 1/2 teaspoons) (I think people who don't prefer gelatin can use Agar, I haven't tried it, so I don't guarantee anything)
Milk - 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract - 2 teaspoons


Combine gelatin and milk and keep it aside for around 5 minutes. On medium heat combine cream and sugar and vanilla. Don't let it come to a rolling boil.
Switch off the heat and add the gelatin mixture to the cream mixture, stir well to combine everything. Without allowing the mixture to cool, strain it. Pour the mixture into individual ramekins or into glass tumblers (the lesser the height, the easier you can unmould the Panna Cotta from the bowl) . I used glass tumblers as I didn't have any ramekins. Wait until the mixture cools and comes to room temperature. Then refrigerate overnight.

The next day, dip the bases of each glass bowl in hot water, then wipe the base clean. keep it on a flat surface and run a knife along the edges of the Panna Cotta so that it can slide off easily when you invert it onto a flat plate. This is how you invert it: Place a flat plate, on top of the tumbler, invert the tumbler slowly, then gently tap the bottom of the tumbler and slowly take it up. The Panna Cotta, unmoulds and comes off like in the picture above or depending upon the mould of your tumbler.

That's it!! Have it along with your favorite fruit sauce or chocolate sauce (Microwave chocolate chips with a little milk in microwave for 30 seconds and just melt it using the spoon to form a liquid.) .
Cudn't resist myself from posting so many pics:)
One last one and its done OK? :-D

Done !! :-D


Divya said...

Hey Roopa,is that yummy looking-ready to eat thing caramel custard??or maybe its distant cousin..;-)

Divya said...

or is it penna cota?

TBC said...

Lychee panna cotta?

Cham said...

Panna cotta ?

A Cook @ Heart said...


Kumar Srinivasan said...

he he roopa:))i am bad at it pudding?(grapes)...but looks tempting

Dhivya said...

hey roops thats me divya:))unfortunately i logged in my hubby's account..

zest said...

Is that milk pudding,made of gelatin,served with chocolate sauce?

Siri said...

RV- I am guessing it to be some sort of *Flan*.. but whatever it is.. its yummO..:D


Revathi said...

Pannacota ?

ranji said...

wow roopa......what is this...this suspense is killing me.....looks delicious........

Valli said...

looks like pannacotta or some kind of milk based pudding

Roopa said...

Wow!! Thank you all for such a huge response :) ALL of you guessed right :) It is Vanilla Panna Cotta :)

Thank you Divya : You guessed it first

Thank you tbc, cham, a cook@heart : Thank you folks:) yes you guessed it right :)

Kumar Srinivasan: not a bad guess, infact a good one you know :)

zest : yes it can be called as "milk pudding made of gelatin, served with chocolate sauce" or "Panna Cotta" , you almost summed up the recipe I was about to write in one sentence :) hehe Thank you so much for visiting my blog!!

Dhivya : I am confused about the comment you wrote :-o , what happend?

Siri: That was almost a very close guess, Flan is on my list to make next :) Thank you Siri for visiting my blog:)

Revati,Valli : Correct ! It is Panna Cotta :) Thank you folks for participating :)

Ranji : hehehe I hope the mystery is solved now :)) Thanks for the comment dear!

Uma said...

Yum! Looks fantastic.

Roopa said...

Thanks Uma :) Its easy and yummy :) and a great treat to impress guests:)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks delcious Roopa! I love panna cotta! YUM!

Roopa Unnikrishnan said...

Hey - those are beautiful pics. and I'd no idea it's so easy!
Take a look at my paneer experiments, as well.

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

beautiful pics, girl!!! So, how've u been??

ranji said...

panna cotta!!! i never had it.the chocolate sauce over is looking so luscious:)so will definitely make it one of these days...

Dhivya said...

Kumar srinivasan - my hubby's mistake i logged in his account

Roopa said...

Thank you dear:) Loved the changes you made in the foodie blogroll :)

Thanks roopa, I just checked your panner experiments , seems like your kids had lot of fun:) and you look pretty in the pic:)

Thanks ranji :) I too never ate it before, this is the first time I am eating, that too my own version ;-)

Roopa said...

Ramya, Thank you :) Nice to see you here:) I am doing great :) I am making your mango rice tomorrow :)

Dhivya, oh I got it :) Thanks anyways dear!, love to see the number of comments going up in my post, Thanks to your husband's computer ;-)

Siri said...

Reg ur comment on my blog Roopa: Both Falafel and Hummus are made of chickpeas... but Hummus is a spread like thing - where the chikcpeas are ground with many herbs.. while Falafel is a snack kind of a thing.. typically eaten with Pita bread..

Hope this helps. Do try the Falafel Roopa. I am sure u will love those..:D


Dhivya said...

Roopa..u had asked abt ricotta cheese..I have no idea about that,,but one of my friend told that it didnt come out well....hope this post helps girl..

And these desert is out of the world...i am gonna make this for sure...

Seena said...

Looks soooooooooooo beautiful,Roopa!! :)

Roopa said...

Thank you Siri for writing back, I will try the falafal one of these days when we buy the white channa.

Thank you dhivya for clearing my question abt ricotta cheese! I appreciate it:) Thanks for the comment:)

Thank you Seena!!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Roopa, Thanks for this delicious treat for our Festa Italiana, and thanks so much for joining us!

Maryann said...

Hi Roopa, It's so nice to have you join us for festa Italiana :)

Roopa said...

Proud Italian Cook, Maryann: Thank you for hosting this event :-) I am glad to be a part of it :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Great post Roopa...I've discovered panna cotta a short while ago & it's ast becoming a favourite at home. Still have to master the perfect flip out of bowl; yours looks PERFECT! have made a strawberry one a few weeks ago, & made a chocolate one last night. The pictures are great...& V a lucky guy!!

Mrs. W said...

What a beautiful panna cotta! I've only just discovered this treat, myself, and I'll give you my hint: no boiled fruit sauce, just sliced strawberries in balsamic vinegar! YUM! (Any berries would work...)

But now I want to try it with chocolate sauce!

The Apron Queen said...

The heck with cooking supper! I'm making a bunch of desserts after reading SHF!!

Stop by for a visit. I'll even save one of my baked apples for you! :D

Confessions of an Apron Queen:

Roopa said...

@ Passionate baker...&beyond
Thank you dear ! I myself was drooling over your baked items:)

@mrs. W
That was a nice hint:) Chocolate sauce is very easy to make, I just made it just for taking the picture with the panna cotta, hubby doesnt prefer chocolate flavor :) So for him it was just panna cotta without the sauce:)

@the apron queen
I am glad you liked it, Thanks a lot for stopping by ! I will surely stop by yours :) Thanks for letting me know abt your blog :)

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