Panna Cotta (Daring Bakers Feb 2011)

February 28, 2011

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The February 2011 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mallory from A Sofa in the Kitchen. She chose to challenge everyone to make Panna Cotta from a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and Nestlé Florentine Cookies.

I’m irregular. I so don’t mean that in a gross Miss Flo kinda way (geez I have no shame) but I know that sometimes, I’m flaky, sketchy and unpredictable. I’ve been a bad bad Daring Baker, yes I have. I’ve turned from a regular blogger posting faithfully every month to the mysterious black sheep relative that you only see twice a year. And even if I do drop by, I end up doing a challenge at the last minute without giving much thought and taking equally shoddy photos. Cue the violins because my head just hasn’t been in the game for a while.

The point is, now that a chapter has closed for now, I hope to invest myself more into my online world. Bye bye Titus Flavius Josephus. You and I had some good years together but it’s time to bid farewell to insane moods and 4am migraines and say hello again to kitchen, blog and Daring Bakers.


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So on to this challenge; panna cotta, which I paired this time with a white peach jelly. This creamy, dreamy, sexy bella donna was born to shake her Rubenesque booty so you need it to wiggle, jiggle and wobble if unmolded. Forget skim milk here (seriously, don’t touch it), for panna cottas it must be full fat or nothing. As to the challenge recipe from The Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis, it wasn’t my cup of tea. I prefer using 100% full cream instead of combining with milk and sticking to one sweetener, sugar, instead of adding honey. I definitely prefer to use my go-to panna cotta recipe but that’s just a personal thing. However, I’ll include both recipes here just because I’m so nice hehe.

My bad for the dodgy photos. My bad for not having the time to the do the second biscuitty part of the challenge. But hello again Daring Bakers indeed! I may have been long absent but I hope there’s still a spare seat for me *smile*

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Perfect Panna Cotta (revisited)


Recipe from David Lebovitz (who adapted from Secrets From My Tuscan Kitchen by Judy Witts)


Ingredients

1 L pouring cream (35-36% fat content)
100g sugar
2 tsps of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
4 1/2 tsps of powdered gelatine / approx. 3 titanium gelatine sheets
90ml cold water (for powdered gelatine)

Method

Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the cold water in a medium-sized bowl and let stand 5 to 10 minutes. For sheet gelatine, soak in plenty of cold water for around 5 to 10 minutes until softened.

Heat the cream and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

(If using a vanilla bean, scrape the seeds from the bean into the cream and add the pod. Gently heat as above, remove from heat then infuse for 30 minutes).

Add the bloomed powdered gelatine to the mixture and stir until dissolved. If using sheets, remove from water, wring as much excess water from it then add to cream.

Allow mixture to cool down before dividing out into 8 glasses. Chill for a few hours (I chilled mine overnight).

To prevent your panna cottas from separating:

• Don’t overheat the cream. Just warm it enough to dissolve the sugar and gelatine (which can dissolve at body temperature).

• Either way, allow the cream mixture to cool down sufficiently before pouring into your ramekins or glasses and chilling it.


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Giada’s Vanilla Panna Cotta


Ingredients

1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
1 tablespoon (one packet) (15 ml) (7 gm) (¼ oz) unflavored powdered gelatin
3 cups (720 ml) whipping cream (30+% butterfat)
1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
1 tablespoon (15 ml) (15 gm) (½ oz) granulated sugar
pinch of salt

Directions

Pour the milk into a bowl or pot and sprinkle gelatin evenly and thinly over the milk (make sure the bowl/pot is cold by placing the bowl/pot in the refrigerator for a few minutes before you start making the Panna Cotta). Let stand for 5 minutes to soften the gelatin.

Pour the milk into the saucepan/pot and place over medium heat on the stove. Heat this mixture until it is hot, but not boiling, about five minutes. (I whisk it a few times at this stage).

Next, add the cream, honey, sugar, and pinch of salt. Making sure the mixture doesn’t boil, continue to heat and stir occasionally until the sugar and honey have dissolved 5-7 minutes.

Remove from heat, allow it to sit for a few minutes to cool slightly. Then pour into the glass or ramekin.
Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Add garnishes and serve.


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{ 58 comments… read them below or add one }

Lea March 8, 2011 at 13:23

Wow, very beautiful. Amazing photographs, really, and your panna cotta looks just winderful with the white peach jelly! Well done on this challenge, unfortunately, me, I only did the florentine cookies.

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amish baby cribs March 2, 2011 at 09:27

The photo just made me crave for some panna cotta right now. It really is so tempting.

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MandyM March 1, 2011 at 10:33

Welcome back ;) You've been missed!

I love your white peach jelly layer, it's just beautiful :)

Stunning as always!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 10:10

Aw cheers Simon!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 10:10

*jiggle jiggle*

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 10:10

Thanks so much! xx

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:59

*blush* thanks so much :)

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:59

Thank you so much!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:59

Thank you! Nothing beats an good ol' fashion panna cotta tilt ;)

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:58

Hehehe oops to us! But at least we did the main part of the challenge ;)

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:58

Aw thanks Angie!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:58

Oh my gawd absolutely! But I'm oddly suffering withdrawals! :S

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:57

LOL I've always lived by the motto, "full fat or nothing"! But the great thing about panna cotta is it doesn't taste as rich as it sounds even with full cream. Then I look at my hips and think… sigh…

:P

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:50

LOL! Aiya, maybe just a little dodgy lah! Hahahaha!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:43

Thanks Jen! :D

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:42

Aww thanks so much Shelley! xx

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:42

Well it didn't mean to sound like it was big deal and it's got nothing to do with "turning a new leaf". But cheers anyway!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:41

Hehehe wouldn't we all love a person to make us dessert every night? ;)

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:33

Oh please do! It's such a simple recipe but it works briliantly. I've no doubt you'll love it :)

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:33

Awww shucks Steph. I do miss having you as a fellow daring baker though :(

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:32

*hi five!*

But oh no! It's always annoying when recipes don't work right :(

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:29

Thanks so much Penny! x

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:29

Ah cool, another "David Panna Cotta" fan! I think each panna cotta recipe is all a matter of taste so it's important to use whatever works for each of us. Thanks for dropping by! :D

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:28

Hehe not sure about that but fingers cross :P

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:28

Oh you should most definitely join! I think you'd be brilliant Giana!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:27

Hey Betty, I tilted the glasses over some ramekins, then carefully poured the panna cotta into it. Then I chilled it while it was tilted :)

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:26

Thanks Sara, lets hope I can keep this going haha!

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:26

Thank you so much! xx

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chef_d March 1, 2011 at 05:56

Beautiful panna cotta! Welcome back to DB!

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pavithra March 1, 2011 at 04:22

Looks awesome.. beautifully layered and lovely flavors.Looks stunning ;)

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@bellyrumbles March 1, 2011 at 04:13

Welcome back to doing DBCs, what sexy looking panna cotta

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sugarpuffi March 1, 2011 at 01:05

wow that panna cotta looks fantastic! how did u manage to make it into a slope?

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Gianna February 28, 2011 at 12:26

your sexy panacotta defies gravity – its amazing!
one day ill try and be daring, but until then I look forward to your DBC posts!

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mlle délicieuse February 28, 2011 at 08:49

*wobble wobble wobble* Sexy Candy is back? =D

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chocswirl February 28, 2011 at 06:26

Love the flavours of the white peach with the vanilla. I also thought the recipe wasn't going to be my cup of tea, I've always used david lebovitz's perfect panna cotta! It turned out that I actually loved this one, but had to tweak it a bit :) Welcome back!

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penny aka jeroxie February 28, 2011 at 05:37

Welcome back and love the angle of the jelly! AWesomeness!

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The Food Mentalist February 28, 2011 at 05:30

I'm so glad you said the original recipe wasnt your cup of tea! neither was it mine! I havent posted my DBC yet because it was a failure! I hated the recipe and should of stuck with my tried and tested recipe which I always use for Panna Cotta. I am still going to post it though over the next few days. My Panna Cotta didnt set right and whilst the flavour was nice, I wish I had just made it using my usual recipe.

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Steph February 28, 2011 at 04:51

Soooo pretty! I wanna steal your blue wooden background. Your presentation and flavour combination sets you apart from the rest. Wish I had the same motivation you have to keep going with daring bakers, there are some BIG reasons why I stopped :)

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Sheena February 28, 2011 at 03:59

The white peach jelly sounds so refreshing, and I love the tilted layer. I'm yet to try David Lebovitz's recipe, but everyone says such good things about it I think i'll have to make it soon, especially after the success of this month's DB challenge.

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Charissa February 28, 2011 at 03:42

Wow, this is so beautiful! The picture, the food…I just would like you to make me dessert at my house tonight! haha. Love it!

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Audax Artifex February 28, 2011 at 03:41

I think you did a smashing job on this challenge I love how you layered the panna cotta well done and great to hear that you have turned a new leaf on your life it sounds like it was a BIG deal.

Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

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Shelley C February 28, 2011 at 02:14

Welcome back! :) Your panna cotta looks gorgeous, and that white peach jelly looks so cool. Not to mention how delicious the whole thing looks. Really amazing job.

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Jen Schall February 28, 2011 at 02:02

These are absolutely stunning! I love the way you set the panna cotta in the glasses.

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Mei Sze February 28, 2011 at 01:48

IIn my Manglish tone < where got dodgy!!?> :p The flavour combo sounds awesome…I also completed the challenge in the last minute..heh..been a naughty DB too even though I only joined up last July…heh…

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Aparna February 28, 2011 at 01:28

So hello again to you, and welcome back to the DB fold.
Your panna cotta looks nowhere even close to shabby and all that stuff so that's a sign. :)
Here I was thinking milk and 25% cream was too rich and you're advocating all cream and full fat. I see your point, your panna cotta looks lovely, but my hips just can't take it anymore. :)

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Phuoc'n Delicious February 28, 2011 at 00:25

Mmmm sexy pannacotta! I love what you did with the slanted pannacotta and combining it peach jelly sounds looks marvelous!

Oh and congrats with finishing up with the demon… Does it feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders?

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angie February 27, 2011 at 23:21

Dodgy photos? What dodgy photos? Mmm love love love panna cotta! And the addition of white peach jelly is just perfect to celebrate what's left of summer =)

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Stephanie February 27, 2011 at 21:29

Your photos looks great!

(I didn't make the cookies either… ha)

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Parsley Sage February 27, 2011 at 19:26

Nothing dodgy about this post! Looks super tasty :)

psdeepdish.blogspot.com

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citrusandcandy March 1, 2011 at 09:58

thanks so much! xx

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sweet road February 27, 2011 at 18:34

Oh Yum! I love the diagonal divide, it's very artsy!

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Ashlae February 27, 2011 at 18:24

I cannot get over how beautiful your panna cotta is. I just want to reach through the screen and eat it. Job well done!

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Miriam February 27, 2011 at 18:00

Oh my, I looove the first photo…

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Poires au Chocolat February 27, 2011 at 17:57

Gorgeous! I fancied trying David's recipe but went for the challenge one instead. Wish I had tried it – glad to see it went well for you :)

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chocolatesuze February 27, 2011 at 17:09

shake it baby yeah!

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Simon@theheartoffood February 27, 2011 at 16:53

You should be happy that you did something rather than the all too easy nothing. Even if it wasn't everything, I'd hardly call what you did do dodgy, photos and all :)

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citrusandcandy February 27, 2011 at 16:44

Oh *blush* thanks so much Liz! And it's great to be back. Roll on next month! :D

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Liz February 27, 2011 at 16:25

Welcome back! Such a lovely panna cotta…the flavor sounds incredible…and your amazing photos are nowhere near dodgy! I really enjoy your writing…

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