Friday, June 12, 2015

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Nasturtiums as Garnish


The sun came out early today. The wind was blowing like mad. We decided to hike around Cape Perpetua. There were white caps out in the ocean and the tall pines around us were softly creaking back and forth. I love the feeling of the fresh sea air against my face.


In the classification of edible flowers I found that nasturtiums are the easiest to grow. They grow very fast and can be great climbers. The leaves, seed pods and flowers are all edible. The flavor is slightly peppery and the leaves even more so. I’m always trying to find new ways to use them. In this recipe; I used the flowers as a garnish.


Since this was my first time making any type of custardy type dessert I decided to follow one of Ina Garten’s recipes. They always seem to turn out perfect. The flavor was delicious…… but if you look closely at the sides of the my panna cotta it is not real smooth. Maybe I did not dissolve the gelatin or sugar enough? I thought I did. Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions please let me know………..

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin powder
1 1/2 tablespoons cold water
1 1/2 cups heavy cream (divided)
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon (divided)
6 nasturtiums (for garnish)

To prepare:

To dissolve gelatin, add gelatin and water together in a small bowl; stir and set aside for 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 3/4 of the cream, yogurt, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds. In a small saucepan heat remaining 3/4 cup of cream and 1/3 cup of sugar and bring to a simmer over medium heat. (Do not let boil) Remove from heat add gelatin mixture and stir to dissolve.


Pour the hot cream gelatin mixture into the cold creamy-yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Pour into 6 4-ounce ramekins and refrigerate uncovered until cold. When chilled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

To serve:

Run a small knife around each dessert and dip the bottom of each ramekin in a bowl of hot water. Invert onto individual serving plates. Add garnish. Enjoy.

Recipe has been slightly adapted from Ina Garten from the Food Network.





Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

53 comments:

  1. The panna cotta turned out perfect, Cheri. And I do LOVE the simple floral garnish.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Angie

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    1. Thanks Angie....appreciate you stopping by. Take care!

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  2. wow! Your panna cotta looks delicious! Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. Cheri:

    I love your photos and description of Oregon. I look forward to seeing and hearing more about the area throughout the summer.

    I love this dessert. Simple, elegant and beautiful.

    From the photos, it looks perfect to me, but you said it wasn't as smooth as you hoped it would be. Try straining the liquid using a superfine mesh sieve before you set it to cool. That should get out any unwanted lumps while keeping the needed gelatin in the mix....

    Have a great weekend and thanks for this lovely recipe.

    Dena

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    1. Hi Dena, that's a really great idea, I believe I read something similar on-line. Sometimes the simple receipes for me are the hardest. Will try that next time. Take care!

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  4. Panna Cotta is such a great dessert, so creamy and garnishing with the beautiful flowers makes such a lovely presentation.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, nasturtiums are so bright and summery.

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  5. the bloom makes for a lovely presentation (as well as being edible). but i love that first view! i could almost hear the trees creak!

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    1. Thanks Tex, the trees make such a cool sound, don't they......

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  6. Not sure if my comment stuck, but your panna cotta looks marvelous to me! And I love the nasturtium garnish, too :)

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    1. Thanks Liz, the sides were not as smooth as I thought they should be when I compared mine with other photos.

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  7. Cheri, panna cotta is always such a lovely, velvety treat to enjoy. One of the best desserts I know.
    Have a great weekend, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Andrea, I agree. This was my first time making a dessert like this and I still have much to learn.

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  8. Hi Cheri,
    I'm sure you had enjoyed this lovely creamy Panna Cotta :D. The garnish of nasturtiums made it so elegant looking ^-^!

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    1. Thanks Karen, appreciate you stopping by. Take care!

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  9. I have very little gelatin experience, so I'm of no help there, but I do think this is one of the loveliest desserts I've ever seen!

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    1. Thanks Joanne, nasturtiums are such pretty flowers.

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  10. I have never made panna cotta, Cheri, so I can't advise but I'm with Joanne, that is one delicious looking dessert. The addition of edible flowers is so lovely. I'm a big fan of nasturtiums as well and love all the beautiful colours they have.
    Your hike sounds like heaven!

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    1. Hi Robyn, we love hiking here there is so many places to explore. This was my first time making any type of custardy dessert and I've realized it is much harder than it looks. Take care!

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  11. Cheri - it looks beautiful and I love that you can see the voila seeds! When I make it, I don't run a knife around - I just dip in really hot water for 5-10 seconds and then coax them out. Smooth sides (and sailing) each time! Sounds liked you are having a wonderful start to your time in the PNW! ~ David

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    1. Hi David, thanks for the tip, will try that next time. Sometimes the simplest foods to prepare are the hardest because there is no room for error. Take care and have a great week.

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  12. Hi Cheri, such an elegant dish. I have never made it, so I shall add this to my list. I know it's perfect for Italian dinners. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous dessert.

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    1. Thanks Linda, I followed one of Ina's recipes for that reason, usually I never have a problem. Have a great week!

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  13. Mmm...what a wonderful summer dessert. I have never tried making it myself. I do have the flowers growing so I am one step there : ) Beautiful photos - I can almost feel the sea breeze from here...sigh...

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    1. Thanks Mindy, yes looks like you are at least half there. Nasturtiums are one of my favorite flowers, they are so bright and happy looking. Take care.......

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  14. Simple and elegant plating, perfect dessert. Love the first photo, what a gorgeous scene.

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    1. Thank you Norma! Have a great week.......

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  15. We just had dinner and as I look at some of my favorite blogs, I see your panna cotta and wish I had it for dessert! ;)

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  16. I think your panna cotta looks great! I've never gone wrong with one of Ina's recipes - she is so dependable.

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    1. Hi Beth, me too, sometimes that might be the only reason I prepare one of her recipes. Take care!

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  17. Someday, I will attempt a panna cotta. Your sounds delicious

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    1. Thanks Marlene, it really was easy, I was just unsure myself because this was my first time preparing.

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  18. It looks good to me Cheri! I have never had much luck with panna cotta. Well, I only made it once and did not have success. Yours looks pretty good to me. But that view even better!

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  19. It looks good to me Cheri! I have never had much luck with panna cotta. Well, I only made it once and did not have success. Yours looks pretty good to me. But that view even better!

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  20. It looks wonderful, and I love the nasturtium with it :)

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  21. Hi Cheri: This is sooo beautiful! Pinning it right away!

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  22. I'm glad you're in such beautiful surroundings, Cheri. I love how that flower just totally elevates the already delicious dessert into something spectacular. I always find gelatin and panna cotta kind of tricky but my problem has been trying to get dark chocolate to melt evenly in the custard. Anyway, your panna cotta looks perfectly beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Monica, I imagine after a bit of practise it would be a very easy dessert to prepare. Have a great week!

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  23. Cheri I have never made Panna Cotta before and this looks so creamy & delicious!! Yummy!

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    1. Thanks Ami, it really was delicious. Though the sides are not as smooth as they should be.

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  24. Your panna cotta looks delicious. Nothing can beat a good vanilla panna cotta, simply the best!

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  25. Nasturtiums were my mother's favorite flower. We made nasturtium butter all the time. Looks so pretty on your panna cotta. Love all the flavors you can top panna cottas with. Ina is the best!

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    1. Hi Barbara, Nasturtium butter, wow! never would of thought of that, will check it out. Thanks!

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  26. The sides - well the entire panna cotta looks pretty flawless to my eyes, Cheri. Love your poetic turn of phrase BTW at the top of the post. P.s. Thank you for the inspiration to grow my own nasturtium...I've have to check if they are kitty cat friendly =)

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    1. Hi Kim, thanks but the sides looked a little rough, not as smooth as the pictures. Anyway nasturtiums are so easy to grow and I have an area where they keep growing back by them selves every year.

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  27. Anything with cream and vanilla in it gets my attention. I love those flavors so I know would love this dessert. Such a neat idea to decorate with the nastursium. It makes the dessert so bright and cheerful. We actually grow those in our yard. I will have to keep this in mind next spring when they are blooming. But I want to make the dessert soon!

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    1. Thanks Shari, funny youm mention that I have been growing them in AZ too.....and now they are coming back by themselves.

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