Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Mum (well, Donna Hay)'s panna cotta

My nonna makes some great Italian desserts, recipes from the Veneto/Friuli-Venezia-Giulia regions such as Italian apple strudel (with cheeky ribbons of chocolate, whole pine nuts and plump grappa-soaked sultanas), crostoli and fritole. But she doesn't make my favourite Italian dessert, panna cotta.

Luckily, my mother does. The best thing about panna cotta is that while it looks impressive, it's insanely simple to make and can be done a day in advance of a dinner party. Plus, different accompaniments make it a different dish each time. Even I - it shames me to say that despite my love for delicious food I'm still pretty hopeless in the kitchen - can make an impressive panna cotta. Mum and I find the Donna Hay recipe to work best, and of course you have to use proper flecks of vanilla from a vanilla bean - no essence!

Mum's panna cotta

This is the panna cotta my mum made a few weeks ago. To serve, she first made a thick syrup boiled together with julienned bits of candied orange rind. Then, having removed all trace of pith from the peeled oranges cut into thin segments, she made a second, lighter syrup for the orange segments using a bit of the thick syrup, orange juice, Cointreau, a dash of water and a dash of rosewater. Optional gingersnap on the side!

Mum's panna cotta


Serenity Later said...

This looks absolutely divine! i've never tried to make it myself but i have to say i've never heard of anyone (myself included) having tried a bad version of it in a restaurant. Maybe its one of those perfect desserts where the combination of flavours & textures is very hard to get wrong. Absolutely lovely!

IronEaters said...

it looks sounds scrumptious. mayb i had a bad experience b4 with panna cotta (given by a fren who got it from Safeway) and I never try it again anymore even in restaurant coz the one I had jt tasted so terrible!! but urs look so nice...

Truffle said...

That looks stunning! Donna, Nonna and Mum would all be proud. Absolutely beautiful.