Panna Cotta with Fresh Strawberries


Servings: 8


For the panna cotta
  • 3 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 2-3 strips of orange rind (orange part only)
  • 1 packet powdered gelatin (2-2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup milk
To serve
  • fresh strawberries
  • sugar


For the panna cotta
  1. Sprinkle gelatin in cold water and set aside to soften.
  2. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise and, with a paring knife, scrape out the seeds.
  3. Put the heavy cream, sugar, orange rind, vanilla beans and seeds into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. Remove cream from heat and add gelatin. Stir to dissolve, and then add milk.
  5. Let steep for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Pass mixture through a fine mesh strainer, applying pressure to the solids to extract flavor.
  7. Stir liquid and pour equally into 8, 5-6 ounce cups. Place the cups on a tray, cover loosely with clear wrap and refrigerate overnight.
To serve
  1. Cut fresh strawberries into bite sized pieces. Depending on the tartness of the berries and the degree of sweetness desired, toss with sugar to taste. Set aside.
  2. Un-mold the panna cotta by running a paring knife around the inside edge of each cup.  Be sure to run the knife all the way to the bottom of each cup to free the panna cotta completely.
  3. Invert the panna cotta onto serving plates.
  4. Spoon strawberries with their juice around the panna cotta and serve at once.

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