Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries

This is the first time I make panna cotta at home and I have to say that it worked ­čśë Panna cotta is a typical Italian dessert and it can have different flavour (lemon, coffee, chocolate, etc), but I chose the basic one, vanilla, and served with a mixed berry sauce, since I’m a big fan of berries.

This is a good recipe (from Waitrose website) and it’s very sweet. If you don’t like things too sweet, I suggest you to use less sugar than the amount given in the recipe. The tip unmold the pannacottas is totally approved. It was easy and I thought it looked very pretty on the plate.

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries

Ingredients

  • 4 gelatine leaves
  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved and seeds removed, or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract with seeds
  • 200g mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Preparation

  1. Soak the gelatine leaves in cold water for at least 4-5 minutes.
  2. Place the cream, milk, sugar and vanilla seeds (or vanilla extract) in a pan with a heavy base. Slowly bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat then take the gelatine leaves one by one, squeeze out the excess water and stir into the cream mixture until dissolved.
  3. Rinse out 6 x 150ml pudding moulds with cold water but do not dry. Divide the panna cotta mixture between them. Cool and then chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until set.
  4. For the mixed berries sauce, place the berries and powdered sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for a few minutes to thicken a little. Reserve and let it cool.
  5. To serve, dip the moulds one at a time into hot water for 10 seconds, then turn out onto plates. Spoon over the mixed berries sauce.

Yield 6 servings

Mamma’s Flan

Since I spent the month of December on vacation in Brazil, I didn’t cook too much. Why would I when I had my mom, aunties, and mother in law cooking for me, right? That also explains my disappearance from the blog. However, this flan was one of the few things I made, but the credits actually have to go to my mom, because I was just following her lead. She makes this flan since forever and my grandma used to make it too and, although it doesn’t have anything special (not even condensed milk), it’s my dad’s favourite dessert. Give it a try!

Mamma’s Flan

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 heaped tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 heaped tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • zest of one lime
  • drops vanilla extract (optional)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (for the caramel)

Preparation

  1. Add 3/4 cup of granulated sugar to an angel cake tin, take to a medium heat until completely dissolved, then boil for a little while until you get a golden caramel. Don’t burn it! Take out of the heat and spread the caramel all over the tin (sides and tube).
  2. Beat all the remaining ingredients in a blender until well combined. Pour into the caramelized tin and cook in a water bath for about 1 hour or until the flan is cooked.
  3. Let it cool and then unmold it in a large plate, not so shallow because of the caramel sauce. Refrigerate for a while and then it’s ready to serve.