The first time I ever had panna cotta was in an upscale restaurant on an anniversary dinner after an amazing meal that I now can not recall because the panna cotta eclipsed it so totally with its deliciousness. It was smooth and rich and creamy, a tiny perfect little molded custard that we shared with tiny spoons. When I discovered that not only did panna cotta only have 5 ingredients, it was also incredibly easy to make, it pretty much became a staple in my refrigerator.
4 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tsp powdered gelatin
6 tbsp water
Stir the cream, sugar and vanilla over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. No need to boil, in fact, boiling might make the cream taste off, so don't do that! In the meantime, sprinkle your gelatin over the cold water and allow to bloom for a few minutes, then add it to the warm cream mixture, stirring well. Next, divide the mixture into 8 small dishes- you could use ramekins if you have them, I use teacups because I like the shape they give the custard. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
Once your custards have set up you can tip them upside down onto a plate or in a bowl and serve them as-is, or smother them with fresh berries, or whisk together some lemon juice and honey and drizzle over the custard. Make sure to eat them with the tiniest spoons you can find so they last longer- this recipe is that good.
Do you have any super easy desserts you like to make?