Going back to the sweet side of cooking… desserts! As you all may know by now, not my most comfortable task in the kitchen. But every so often I like to try my luck… This time I was looking for a refreshing dessert but it had to be Italian! And I wanted to make something different from the usual Tiramisu… so I though of panna cotta. Quick look around the ingredients available and I decide to make Panna cotta with figs and honey. Sounded really nice 🙂
This was my first try at panna cotta. And I had no idea where to start. So here comes the internet research again! I found a recipe on foodnetwork.com that looked easy enough. They used other ingredients to garnish it but I thought that my figs and honey would do the job just as good.
What I thought to be an easy enough cooking experience turned out to be quite an adventure! Three attempts till I got a good enough result!!! On my first try, it didn’t set, no idea why 🙁 Second try, all broken when trying to unmold 🙁 Third try, everything went well 🙂 I still don’t know what I’ve done wrong but it was hard work and 3 days of work…
A few things I can tell you: don’t skip the straining step as it removes any bits of undissolved gelatin and insures a nice smooth dessert. Also, don’t let the cream mixture cool before straining. To unmold, carefully dip the bottom of each ramekin in a baking pan with hot water briefly. Run a thin knife around the edge of each ramekin to loosen it from the inside. Invert the ramekin onto the serving plate and carefully lift the ramekin.