December 1, 2015 7:59:07 pm
A traditional and delicious Italian custard, panna cotta is really easy to prepare. No, we are not kidding! You just need the right recipe. Chef Nita Mehta tells you how.
2 cups packaged milk (preferably Tetra Pak)
4 tsp gelatine
250 g fresh cream
½ cup sugar
1-2 drops almond essence
¼ cup almonds (blanched and chopped)
2-3 tbsp strawberry crush
1 inch cinnamon
1 tsp cornflour
½ cup water
A few almonds (slivered and toasted)
*Pour ½ cup milk into a small bowl, and stir in the gelatin powder. Set aside.
*In a saucepan, stir together the remaining milk, cream and sugar, and set over medium heat. Try not to bring the mixture to a full boil.
*Heat the gelatin and milk mixture, stirring continously until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Now, pour this mixture in the saucepan, add almond essence to it and mix well. Refrigerate it for an hour.
* After an hour take out the mixture from the fridge and add chopped almonds to it. Give it a stir.
*Transfer to individual moulds and then refrigerate it for another 3-4 hours.
*To prepare the sauce, mix cornflour in 2 tbsp water and add the strawberry crush to it. Now, put water in a saucepan with the cinnamon stick and let it simmer for a couple of minutes. Mix it all together and let it simmer till you get a sauce like consistency.
*Remove the cinnamon stick from the mixture and let it chill.
*Take out the panna cottas from the fridge, decorate it with slivered almonds and serve it with the sauce.
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