I have always thought that Panna Cotta is hard to make. It is an elegant dessert that wobbles. This white pudding with dark coloured mixed berries contrasting the colour will let you feast your eyes first before your mouth. Scoop a spoon, dip with a bit of mixed berries compote and put in your mouth. You can feel the pudding-like texture starts to melt in your mouth and the cream will just blend with the acidity from the berries and slowly sliding down your throat. What a treat!
I remembered I first had a really good one in a Italian Restaurant with my friend. The chef looks like the chef in Ratatouille movie. The Panna Cotta was wobbly when shake. It had tiny vanilla bean seeds on it. It was just divine.
After a while, I mean not one day or two. After two years I think, today, I made Panna Cotta myself. That’s like a very long while. Alongside with Panna Cotta, I made a mixed berries compote with a dash of Marsala wine. The taste is just complex with the addition of wine. Marsala wine’s fruitiness and complexity has just elevated the compote.
Let’s just get started.
Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries (Makes 4 cups – that’s enough for me!)
Adapted from David Lebovitz’s website.
- 2 cups of thickened cream
- 50g sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
- 4 tablespoons icy cold water
- To make the mixed berries compote:
- 200g of mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries and grapes which I just toss in)
- 2 tablespoon of castor sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Marsala Wine
- In a bowl, combine gelatin and cold water. Stir until all combine and set aside.
- Combine thickened cream and sugar in a small pot. In low heat, stir until the sugar dissolve.
- Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla extract. Let it cool down before pouring into your mould or glass if you want to eat off the glass straight.
- In another small pot, combine mixed berries and sugar. Cook in low heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Press on some of the berries to smash it. After 10 minutes, put in the Marsala Wine. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and let it cool down. The compote will thicken once cool down.
- Serve Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries compote and enjoy!