Panna Cotta – a dessert which has a bit of the wow factor, but is surprisingly very, very easy to make. I was thankful that Megan chose this as I was up to my arms in ‘baking things’ doing the September challenge for the Daring Bakers yesterday and really didn’t have the energy for a complicated recipe. A four ingredient task was what I needed and Panna Cotta delivered. I didn’t even need to get in any ingredients (which I think is the only time that this has happened). It was also perfect to make at 10am and leave in the fridge undisturbed for eight hours.
Complacent I am not though, and for every ‘easy’ recipe of Martha’s I do it inevitably means that I use four bowls and more implements than I care to wash up. So I watched the video and it was as easy as Martha made it look (although I used an extra bowl as I had put the gelatine and water in a tiny bowl and then realised that I had to mix it with the cream).
Mum insisted that I make more effort and informed me that a white dessert on a white plate would look really crap, so I got out the only coloured plate and put it on one of my treasured Martha Stewart Wedgwood saucers. I have had Panna Cotta in restaurants before and mum and I ate the plateful above in a matter of seconds after I had snapped a couple of photos. The vanilla syrup is a bit too sweet for me and as I didn’t have Marsala I used a bit lot of Gran Marnier but that didn’t matter. I will make these in the future due to their simplicity but next time I wouldn’t bother with the syrup. Instead I plan to serve them with berries which would make this perfect.
I can’t wait to see what everyone else thought of it.