Today I made my first real dessert. I am sure many are wondering what I mean by that. Well, I love to cook simply because I love to tweak recipes. I am yet to follow a full recipe for any of my meals. As a result of this I have avoided baking or making any type of dessert like the plague until now. I decided to treat Pipo to a simple dessert of panna cotta since he has such a sweet tooth (how could I mess this up). I spent a few hours searching my favorite place aka Pinterest for the simplest recipe that anyone could do. After finding the perfect recipe (which caught my eye because of the use of sour cream) I made sure I had all the ingredients available and for those we did not have we made a quick run to the grocery shop.
Now time to attempt sticking to a recipe for the first time in my life albeit some hiccups (the supermarket had no raspberries or strawberries as the recipe called for so I used cherries [which I hand pitted] and blackberries). Okay lets be honest I didn’t follow the recipe to a tee since I switched fruits and in reality halved the recipe, however find my version below, it’s really simple even for those of us who can’t master the art of dessert making to save our lives. Plus my test guinea pigs (Pipo and his parents) loved it, then again they may be biased lol.
Dupsy´s Panna CottaPrint This
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 sheets of unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract ( I used one that had a butter flavor)
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup of fresh cherries (pit them first)
- 2 cups of blackberries
- 3 Tbsp of brown sugar
- The juice of a half lime
Pour the milk in a sauce pan and sprinkle the top with the gelatin without the heat on. Let it stand until the gelatin is softened. Place the pan then over low heat and stir until gelatin dissolves and mixture is steaming but make sure it doesn’t boil.
Add the heavy whipping cream, the sugar, vanilla and the salt to the milk gelatin mixture. Continue stirring until sugar is fully dissolved and the mixture is steaming, once again make sure it does not boil. Remove from heat and let it cool down for a few minutes.
Pour the sour cream in a bowl. Whiles whisking constantly, gradually pour the warm cream mixture into the sour cream. When the mixture is completely smooth, pour it into whichever serving container you choose to use. Refrigerate for about 5 hours or until they are set.
Cherry – blackberry sauce:
Combine 1 cup of blackberries, 1 cup of cherries, juice of the lime and the 3 Tbsp of brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a low boil and cook until syrupy.
Stir in the other half of the blackberries and remove the sauce from the heat. Pour the sauce over the panna cotta when it’s ready and enjoy it.