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Jessica Joy

Knitwear designer and writer

Recipe: Vanilla Panacotta with Mixed Berry Coulis

Vanilla Panacotta Recipe

I was slow on the uptake with Panacotta. I admit, I only tried it for the first time about 4 years ago in a restaurant and it wooed me big time. I decided that year to surprise the Mister with one on his birthday and since then it’s become a big birthday tradition (along with a Marvel film release!) Last weekend was the big event, so I thought I’d take a minute to share my favourite recipe.

Makes: 4 large ramekins Time: 10 mins, 4 hours to set.

– 150g milk
– 150g double cream
– 30g caster sugar
– 1.5 sheets of gelatine
– 1 vanilla pod (or a few drops of vanilla essence)

– 1 cup frozen mixed berries
– 1 tbsp caster sugar
– 2 tbsp water

Set the gelatine to soak in a bowl of cool water while you heat the milk, cream, scraped vanilla seeds and sugar in a saucepan. When the sugar has dissolved, remove the mixture from the heat. Squeeze out any excess moisture from the gelatin sheets and place them in the warm creamy mixture, stirring until they dissolve. Pour into your ramekins, glasses, tea cups – whatever you like, and straight into the fridge to cool. The one pictured here I turned out of a tiny espresso cup – dinky!

For the coulis, heat the frozen berries (I used the same type for my berry and oat smoothie) and sugar in a saucepan and allow them to break down into a gooey mixture, about 5-10 minutes. Add the water as you go to create a syrupy consistency. Allow it to cool and serve when the panacotta is set.

Et voila! Crazy delicious, creamy, unctuous goodness awaits – RD Jr has a lot to live up to!

  1. Gillian says: 14 May 201310:47 pm

    That looks fabulous. I love panacotta but have never made it – I’m scared of the gelatine! I think I need to get over that as your recipe looks very easy and tasty. x

    • Jess says: 16 May 20134:32 pm

      I was scared of the Gelatine at first too, I don’t know why they make it look so difficult on Masterchef! I think I still have the original box I bought 4 years ago – so it’s been worth the money. :)

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