Monday, June 7, 2010

Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

Panna cotta

2 tablespoons water

1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin

2 cups whipping cream (or fat-free half-and-half)

1 1/4 cups plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar


2 1-pint baskets strawberries, hulled, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For panna cotta: Pour 2 tablespoons water into small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over water. Let stand until softened, about 15 minutes. Whisk 1 cup cream, yogurt, and vanilla in large bowl to blend. Heat remaining 1 cup cream and 1/2 cup sugar in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves and cream comes to simmer. Remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture, stirring to dissolve gelatin. Mix hot cream-gelatin mixture into yogurt mixture in bowl. Divide mixture among six 3/4-cup ramekins, using about 1/2 cup for each. Refrigerate desserts uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate overnight.

For strawberries: Toss strawberries, vinegar, sugar, and pepper in large bowl to combine. Let stand 30 minutes, tossing occasionally. Spoon strawberries over panna cotta and serve.

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