Sunday, May 1, 2011

Strawberry Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Mother's day is just a week away and I wanted to present a few dessert recipes for you to consider before the day is here. The first of the entries is figure friendly and designed for health and diet conscious eaters. It's a panna cotta, and when it's made with small field ripened strawberries, only the cook will know the dessert has been lightened. The key to the success of this dessert, however, lies in the flavor of the berries, and, to be honest, I wouldn't bother with it when local berries are less than prime. Even then, I enhance its flavor with a berry extract, that can be found at the sources listed at the end of the recipe. The recipe for the panna cotta first appeared in Gourmet magazine and can now be found on the Epicurious website. Comments associated with the recipe indicate that some readers had problems getting the panna cotta to stiffen enough for unmolding. To avert that problem, I've increased the amount of gelatin in my version of the recipe and recommend it be made a full 24 hours before you plan to serve it. While I make and serve the fruit compote that accompanies the recipe, I also like to use a bit of melted strawberry jam as a sauce for the panna cotta. This is not necessary, but it adds wonderful color to the finished dessert. This is really easy to make and I think those of you who try it will enjoy it. Here's the recipe.

Strawberry Panna Cotta...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Gourmet Magazine and Epicurious

Ingredients:

Panna Cotta
3 cups sliced strawberries (1 pound)
1-3/4 cups well-shaken low-fat buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon strawberry flavoring (optional)
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
Compote
2-1/2 cups strawberries (preferably small; 3/4 pound), trimmed
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 teaspoons superfine granulated sugar

Directions:
1) To make panna cotta: Blend strawberries, buttermilk, strawberry flavoring, salt and sugar in a blender until very smooth, then pour through a very fine sieve into a medium bowl, pressing hard on solids. Discard solids. Sprinkle gelatin over milk in a small bowl and let stand 1 minute to soften. Bring cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture, stirring until dissolved. Whisk gelatin-cream mixture into strawberry purée and pour into 6 (6-oz.) molds. Chill molds, covered, until firm, at least 24 hours. To unmold, dip molds in a small bowl of hot water 2 or 3 seconds, then invert panna cottas onto dessert plates and remove molds. Let stand at room temperature 20 minutes to soften slightly.
2) To make compote: While panna cottas stand at room temperature, halve strawberries lengthwise if small or quarter if larger. Whisk orange juice and superfine sugar together in a bowl until sugar dissolves. Add strawberries and toss to coat. Serve panna cottas with compote. Yield: 6 servings.

Source for strawberry extract can be found here.







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74 comments:

Alessandra said...

What a beautiful panna cotta Mary! One of my favourite desserts!

Have a good Sunday

ciao
Alessandra

Sanjeeta kk said...

The dessert look gorgeous, Mary! Love the compote over the Panna cotta.

Ginny said...

This is georgous, almost too pretty to eat! It would be great for Valentine's Day, too! I never knew what Panna Cotta was before.

Jean said...

hey the panna cotta looks perfect! lovely shade of pink to wow our mothers :)

Alina---Explora Cuisine said...

Beautiful panna cotta, just gorgeous, I love strawberries! The pinkish colour looks almost too good to be true!

Chiara said...

What a lovely panna cotta Mary!Have a good day....

Hovkonditorn said...

So beautiful! Have a great day!

Food Glorious Food! said...

So pretty to look and I bet it's delicious too! Picture perfect!

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Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Mouth watering. Have a great day. Diane

Duxa said...

Hi Mary, the dessert looks fantastic, i love strawberries!
Kisses:)

Three-Cookies said...

Great way to celebrate the start of the strawberry reason. The panna cotta is light indeed with relativel small amount of cream, its almost a healthy dessert:)

Cooking Gallery said...

How I love pink dessert...! This is too pretty to eat! Enjoy your Sunday, Mary :).

Red Nomad OZ said...

I don't really do pink - but in this case I'll make an exception!!

Hope your weekend is progressing nicely!! Sadly it's drawing to a close downunder ...

Rita said...

What a perfect pink dessert for Mother's Day Mary. I always wanted to make panna cotta..
Enjoy your Sunday.
Rita

Ana Rita said...

Hi Mary,
Happy Mother's Day!!!That dessert is just wonderfull, fresh and the strawberrys are perfect in there!!

Kisses,
Rita

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Mary, I have always wanted to make Panna Cotta but just didn't know if it was worth buying the molds.
YOur strawberry delight sounds so fresh and scrumptious!
I am thrilled that you read all the comments on the web-site and adjusted your recipe accordingly so we do not have to fall into some of those culinary pitfalls.Very thankful, here!

I also did not know that panna cotta was made with buttermilk... yummy!!!!

I agree, this is a wonderful recipe to make for a Mother's Day affair.
I am now looking for some molds!
Beautiful post!
xo Yvonn

Kim said...

This panna cotta is perfect. This version is really low fat compared with the original way of doing it! The color is so beautiful, all pinky pink! Love it!

Barbara said...

Aren't panna cottas wonderful, Mary? I love making them. Quite easy and you can use so many flavors!
Your strawberry panna cotta looks delicious and I can't think of a prettier dish for Mother's Day!

Angie's Recipes said...

Eating some strawberries now...but just raw ;-)) Your berry panna cotta looks so lovely!

Karen Harris said...

Oh Mary, you are really tugging at my heart with this one. There are so many components in this dish that I love it just may be the perfect dessert.

sanyaliving.com said...

What a beautiful panna cotta!
Absolutely gorgeous.

Lizzy said...

Mary, I made my first panna cotta this year...and now, after seeing your photos, I need to try a strawberry version. Just stunning with the compote!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

What a beautiful dessert and I bet it tastes as delicious as it looks!

Young Adventures... said...

I once made panna cotta. The recipe came together quite easily and had a good amount of honey in the recipe and then had berries on top. The dessert went over well, especially since people prefer lighter fare in the warmer months. I love the color of your pana cotta, Mary it looks quite delicious. I am really looking forward to all the produce the summer months bring. Have a wonderful week!

egbkid said...

I have never tried (or made) panna cotta, but this looks devine!

Design Wine and Dine said...

When I clicked on your blog today I was taken aback by that beautiful photo! The color is so vibrant and exactly what I needed!

I have never made a Panna Cotta...Perfect for Mother's Day yes!

Elaine said...

It looks like a light and very delicious dessert for Mother's Day. Perfect!

Parsley Sage said...

Pretty pink dessert! It's a perfect Mom's day treat. Plus, its a nice guiltless sweet after a naughty dinner, that features...say? Mac n' cheese :) Thanks so much for sharing!

daphne said...

What a sweet panna cotta- love the vibrant colour too!

Amanda said...

Mary! I am so glad you stopped by my humble abode and left a comment! Otherwise I might not have found this site of pure loveliness! Strawberry Panna Cotta? Yes please! Margarita Cheesecake? Heck yes! I am going to add you to my Google Reader so that I know about your updates. So nice to "meet" you! ;)
Amanda

Kate said...

Beautiful dessert. I have always wanted to try panna cotta...I am motivated! Thanks.

JG said...

Oh this looks delicious and so light, Mary! Yum!
~Judy

Anna C said...

Mary, the photo just jumps off the page. It's so vibrant and beautiful. Total perfection with the strawberry coulis streaming down the panna cotta. It looks absolutely delicious.

Juanita said...

I love panna cotta...it's one of my favourite desserts, as it is almost always gluten-free. The strawberries look lovely on it.

That Girl said...

Panna cotta is my favorite dessert to make. Because it's so easy, but seems so fancy.

Tom said...

I am still amazed at all of the delicious creations that you continue to create. That looks great.

Claudia said...

I've made low-fat panna cotta from Taste with the Eyes recipe with yoghurt and kefir so you can bet I am going to try yours with the buttermilk. I love how you upped the strawberry essence. With our late spring however - the local and delicious strawberries may not appear until August?

Buttercup said...

What a perfect yummy spring dessert. I'm not generally a fan of panna cotta, but will definitely be reconsidering. Have a wonderful Sunday!

chefpandita.com said...

Beautiful panna cotta, Mary! love the pink color. Happy Sunday :)

Sunanda said...

Wow! Panna cotta looks amazing!!fallen win love with that.. Awesome presentation..

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Thanks for the link, what a great idea enjoying compote over panna cotta!

Miri Leigh said...

This looks beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat!

Ana Powell said...

Great suggestion for Mother`s Day.
Gorgeous and delicious Panna Cotta ♥

Lenia said...

I just love your panna cotta!Perfect idea for Mother's day!Have a great month,Mary!

Maria said...

Such a gorgeously pink dessert, this sounds heavenly!

teresa said...

oh just look at that beautiful pink dessert, i love it!

Tasha said...

What a pretty dessert, perfect for a special day!

Free Spirit Eater said...

Wow! I reallyyy want some right now! That looks mouthwatering. Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing! =]

Marisd (In Good Taste) said...

This is so pretty and I bet it tastes as good as it looks!

Joanne said...

I know my mom would absolutely love a dessert like this! I'm pretty sure she's never had panna cotta before but she loves fruity desserts...looks delicious!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This dessert looks yummy and pretty. Can't believe it's also low fat!

Cheryl said...

Wow that is perfect timing, my husband was just asking me yesterday what Panna Cotta was, I had no idea! I cant wait for strawberry season to make this!

Jennifer (Delicieux) said...

What a gorgeous looking panna cotta! I love strawberries.

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

Your dessert is mouth watering, Mary. Lovely colours!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm a big fan of panna cotta - so many variations possible, and it really is such a light but satisfying dessert. The color of the berries makes this look so much like spring! Hope you have lovely week!

Lucy said...

I've never had panna cotta before. This looks delicious and refreshing! Thank you for sharing Mary!

Prieta said...

Mary - I came to thank you for the nice comment you left in my blog. Also to tell you that I love your blog. Your recipes are great and your pictures are stunning, I will be back!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

This looks super super YUMMY! Your photo looks so gorgeous too! Hmmm...I'm envious you had this dessert!!! :-)

Stephen said...

I have never made a panna cotta but this is inviting enough that i should give it a try. It looks beautiful.

Beloved Green said...

Now that is a lovely dessert!

Marguerite said...

Oh, this pana cotta looks divine! Our strawberries are really coming in now and this is a perfect way to use them. And so beautiful,too! Thanks so much for the great recipe!

Suman Singh said...

What a beautiful and delicious looking panna cotta..mmm..looks amazing!

elle marie said...

Oh Mary, I might think you may be on a strawberry "thing" recently? "giggles" I must make Panna Cotta, I've only bought it = )

brandi @ BranAppetit said...

i've never made panna cotta, but I want to! I bet we would love this with the fresh strawberries at the market now.

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

Mmmm... lovely, Mary!

Stevie said...

Wow. Your strawberry desserts are in full swing. I agree with you, the jam adds more spectacular color to this already visually stunning dessert.

I really like panna cotta though I've never had it fruit-flavored. Do you think that it would work with other berries or perhaps tropical fruit like mango or guava?

Hazel said...

OoOoOoh wonderful... I've been craving panna cotta recently and have also been scoffing strawberries... why not put them together?!

~RED~ said...

Perfection... my mouth dropped when i saw your photo!!!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I adore panna cota. Now, why haven't i thought of making a strawberry version. This is gorgeous, Mary!

The Harried Cook said...

I make panna cotta all the time, but I've never tried a strawberry panna cotta! Sounds divine :) Thanks, Mary!

Ambreen said...

Wow! Definitely impressive! It's too pretty to eat! Thank you for your lovely comments on my recipes :)

Cooking Creation said...

You had me at figure friendly! This is so pretty that I would be sad to cut into it. Thanks for sharing :)

Chez Loulou said...

Desserts like these are my favorite! I do love chocolate, but anything with fresh, seasonal fruit appeals to me much more. I've bookmarked and plan on trying this while the strawberries are at their peak.
Merci!

Aimee Christian said...

This looks beautiful. I think I'm going to have to make it for next weekend. Thank you for your kind comment on my Kiwi Kale Smoothie recipe.

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