Thursday, April 9, 2009

Panna Cotta with Blackberry Zinfandel Compote

This past Saturday I got together with a group of girlfriends to have an Italian dinner. I've shared that I brought Stuffed Red Peppers and Panna Cotta. Both of these were such a hit that I had to share the recipes here as well.

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  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1 2/3 cups almond milk (such as Almond Breeze), divided
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 (6-inch) piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise and divided - I used vanilla extract since I couldn't find a bean
  • Cooking spray


Sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup almond milk in a small bowl; let stand 4 minutes.

Combine 1 1/3 cups of almond milk, half-and-half, sugar, and the vanilla bean (extract in my case) in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat (do not boil). Remove from heat.

Add gelatin mixture, stirring until the gelatin dissolves. If using a whole vanilla bean, remove vanilla bean. Pour mixture evenly into 6 (6-ounce) custard cups coated with cooking spray. Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.

For the Compote, here is the recipe I used.
  • 3 cups frozen blackberries, thawed and divided
  • 1/4 cup zinfandel or other fruity dry red wine
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
To prepare compote, place 1 cup blackberries, wine, and granulated sugar in a food processor, and process until smooth. Strain the blackberry mixture through a fine sieve into a medium saucepan, and discard solids. If you don't have a sieve, you'll be ok, it will just have the seeds in the sauce. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; add remaining 2 cups blackberries. Cool completely.

NOTE: For everything I substituted a Splenda/Sugar mix for the straight sugar.

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