Indulge in the Creamy Elegance: Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis

Oct 21, 2023 | Desserts

Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis

Recipe being made

There’s something magical about a dessert that looks like a piece of art but is surprisingly easy to make. Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis is one such dessert that never fails to captivate both the eyes and the taste buds.

Originating from Italy, Panna Cotta is a delicate and creamy dessert that literally translates to “cooked cream.” Its velvety texture and light flavor make it a perfect canvas for pairing with different toppings and sauces. In my culinary adventures, I have come across various versions of this classic dessert, but the combination of smooth Panna Cotta with the tanginess of raspberry coulis is truly a match made in culinary heaven.

– 2 cups heavy cream
– 1/2 cup milk
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 vanilla bean (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
– 2 1/4 teaspoons powdered gelatin
– 3 tablespoons cold water

For Raspberry Coulis:
– 2 cups fresh raspberries
– 1/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Step 1: Preparing the Panna Cotta
1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the cold water and let it sit for about 5 minutes to soften.
2. In the meantime, pour the heavy cream and milk into a saucepan. Add the sugar and split the vanilla bean lengthwise. Scrape out the seeds and add them to the saucepan.
3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Do not let it boil.
4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and fish out the vanilla bean. If using vanilla extract, simply skip this step.
5. Add the softened gelatin into the warm cream mixture and whisk until completely dissolved.
6. Pour the mixture into individual ramekins or glasses, filling them about three-quarters full. This recipe makes about 4 servings.
7. Let the Panna Cotta cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until set.

Step 2: Preparing the Raspberry Coulis
1. In a small saucepan, combine the fresh raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
2. Over low heat, gently simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the raspberries have softened and released their juices.
3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool slightly.
4. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
5. Pass the raspberry puree through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any seeds. This step is optional but will result in a smoother texture.
6. Transfer the coulis to a jar or bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Assembling and Serving
1. Once the Panna Cotta has set, remove them from the refrigerator.
2. To unmold the Panna Cotta, dip the ramekins or glasses into warm water for a few seconds, being careful not to get any water inside.
3. Gently run a small knife around the edges of the Panna Cotta and invert each onto a serving plate.
4. Drizzle the Raspberry Coulis generously over the Panna Cotta, allowing it to cascade gently down the sides.
5. Optionally, garnish with fresh raspberries, mint leaves, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an elegant touch.
6. Serve immediately and enjoy the heavenly combination of creamy Panna Cotta and tangy Raspberry Coulis.

Tips and Variations:
– For a twist of flavors, infuse the cream mixture with other aromatics like lavender, cardamom, or even a dash of liqueur.
– Experiment with different fruit coulis such as strawberry, mango, or blackberry. The choice is endless!
– To make a low-fat version, substitute the heavy cream with Greek yogurt or coconut milk, adjusting the sweetness accordingly.
– If you’re short on time, you can refrigerate the Panna Cotta for just 2 hours and serve it slightly softer than a fully set one.

Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis

There’s something alluring about the simplicity of Panna Cotta with Raspberry Coulis. Its silky smooth texture, combined with the vibrant red hues of the raspberry sauce, creates a dessert that is not only visually stunning but also incredibly satisfying to indulge in. Whether served at a dinner party or enjoyed as a treat after a long day, this Panna Cotta will always leave a lasting impression. So, gather your ingredients, unleash your creativity, and dive into the world of delightful flavors!

Fresh raspberries and mint leaves

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 gingerbread cookie

Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 146
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 13%
  Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
  Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  Sugars 11g  
Protein 2g  
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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