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Panna Cotta Is Perfect Non-Chocolate Valentine's Day Dessert

Panna Cotta Is Perfect Non-Chocolate Valentine's Day Dessert

Happy Valentine's Day! While some guys have a sweet tooth, I know a few who don't enjoy decadent chocolate desserts. If your honey happens to be a choco-hater, serve him panna cotta, a delicious Italian dessert.

Heavy cream, sugar, gelatin, and vanilla bean combine to make this incredibly simple, but insanely scrumptious treat. It has the chilled texture of custard without the flavor of eggs. Show your love by making the panna cotta in a heart-shaped baking dish. For a festive touch, drizzle raspberry sauce (caramel or honey would be equally delicious) over the cream heart. To start cooking — panna cotta needs several hours to set — 

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Panna Cotta With Raspberry Sauce

Panna Cotta With Raspberry Sauce

Panna Cotta With Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients

2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (from one envelope)
3 cups heavy cream
1 vanilla bean
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Raspberry sauce*
fresh raspberries, optional for garnish

Directions

  1. Place six 3 1/2-ounce ramekins (3 inches in diameter, 1 1/2 inches deep) on a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. Put 3 tablespoons cool water into a medium bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin; let stand until gelatin has softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the cream, vanilla bean, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat.
  4. Remove the vanilla bean and split lengthwise. Scrape the vanilla beans into the cream.
  5. Pour cream mixture into bowl with gelatin; whisk until gelatin has dissolved.
  6. Pour through a sieve into a bowl. Pour cream mixture into chilled ramekins. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  7. To remove from the mold: Dip the bottom of the mold into a pot of hot water to loosen the panna cotta. Slide a knife around the edge, then carefully turn over onto a serving plate.
  8. Drizzle with the raspberry sauce and garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired.

Makes 6.

*I halved the recipe and used a strawberry jam since it is what I had on hand.


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Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry Sauce

Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients

1 half-pint fresh raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)

Directions

  1. Place raspberries, sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 4 minutes.
  2. Pour the cooked raspberries, the jam, and orange liqueur into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and process until smooth. Chill.

Makes 2 cups.


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gingrlj gingrlj 6 years
Yum. I love panna cotta and it's my guy's favorite dessert since his sweet tooth is mild. We made a citrus version for Thanksgiving.
opisnowpro opisnowpro 6 years
my favorite dessert
opisnowpro opisnowpro 6 years
my favorite dessert
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 7 years
Beautiful!
Rouge-Noir Rouge-Noir 7 years
Beautiful!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Tried them and they were so good!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Tried them and they were so good!
busybeegal busybeegal 7 years
Trader Joe's actually makes a DELICIOUS panna cotta that comes in a 2 pack with peaches and blueberries. Sensational! It's in the freezer section.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
every time i think about pannecotta, i think about jello jigglers. ...which personally i like better. i've always tried to love this dessert and i've had no luck thus far. in any event, it's perfect for the holiday season and i think that for someone who doesn't like chocolate, they would be in luck here.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Hmm I'd rather cheesecake. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Hmm I'd rather cheesecake. :)
emalove emalove 7 years
I think I would love this! I'm not much of a sweets person myself, so this is right up my alley.
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
Yummy!!!!!!!
Anne26 Anne26 7 years
Yummy!!!!!!!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
this dessert looks so delectable i want to make it for my mistress dishwasher
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