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Panna cotta

                  Panna cotta is one of the famous italian dessert which mean cooked cream . It is usually prepared with cream,milk and gelatin and served with toppings like fruits,chocolate,caramel and berries. It is like jello type but cream and milk are added to it to enrich the flavor. I haven't tasted this recipe in any restaurant but i have seen this dish prepared by Gordon ramsay in a cookery show. Being an indian, i just to try a dessert out of box from indian sweets. I like to try pudding,souffle,pie. My first step was to try panna cotta. It is simple recipe  and need very few ingredients.


Heavy cream - 1/2cup
Half and half - 1 cup or milk - 1 cup
Vanilla extract - 1 tbsp
Gelatin powder - 1 packet(Unflavored)
Cold water - 3 tbsp
Sugar - 3 tbsp

Topping :
Mango juice - 1/2 cup(any juice)
Corn starch - 1 tbsp
Strawberry - 2

1.Take cold water in a small bowl and mix gelatin .Set aside for 5 minutes.
2.Take a thick bottom pan. Add half and half ,heavy cream and sugar. Switch on the flame and cook it ,in slow-medium flame. Cook the cream till you can see small bubbles around the corner.(Don't boil it). Remove it from flame and add gelatin and vanilla extract.Mix well till the gelatin dissolves and  mix well with cream.
3.Now pour the cream mix in a glass bowl or in any ramekin. Cover it with plastic wrap and keep it in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours .
4.Meanwhile, take mango juice in a pan and cook it in slow flame. Mix corn starch and water together and pour it to mango juice.Stir it well till the juice thickens up.Switch off the flame and cool it down.
5.After 4 hours, take the ramekins and place on warm water( so that the panna cotta will slide to a plate easily). Take out from warm water and slowly slide a knife around the inner edges of  ramekin . Now slowly place a plate on it and turn it upside down,so that the panna cotta from ramekins will slide to the plate.
6.Now slice  strawberry or any fruit of your preference and place it on top of panna cotta and drizzle the mango juice on top. Serve it as a chill.

* We can use of any fruit as topping.
* We can also prepare any fruit juice jello and pour it as one layer for panna cotta.
* We can also add any juice to cream mix for added flavor and color instead of vanilla extract.
*  Heavy cream and half and half will be available in any store and it will be placed near to milk and dairy product section.
* The texture will be like soft halwa like texture and taste like creamy vanilla flavored jello.
*  We can have panna cotta and fruit alone but my husband said the mango puree gives rich taste to panna cotta.
* Kids who like jello ,will definitely like it.


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