Recipe: Layered Banana and Strawberry Panna Cotta
Yesterday was quite a happy day for me....... nothing special… but just a very quite, peaceful and what everybody would say, a nice day.
No much work to do and with my daughter off to her play school, no yells, no mess and no tantrum at least for a few hours…… I could spend some quality time with just myself!!
I love these simple, perfectly lazy days I get once in a while and so I decided to celebrate….. Yes…. Celebrate with something simple and sweet.
After a slight brain storming session I finally decided to settle in for some Panna Cotta.
I love Panna Cottas, they are quite easy to whip up and a lovely dessert to relax with.
Panna Cotta is an Italian dessert usually made with cream, sugar, fruits and gelatine. It’s so simple to make that you would want to make it over and over.
I have made Panna Cottas a couple of times before and had used different flavours each time.
This time I decided to make it a little different and used two fruits, banana and strawberry.
I got introduced to this lovely dessert through my good friend Sarah’s blog ‘spoonfulofdelight’ and am really grateful to her for posting such a great idea on her beautiful blog.
LAYERED BANANA AND STRAWBERYY PANNA COTTA
Both the banana and strawberry panna cotta follows the same recipe. The only difference will be the fruit used in each.
Banana pulp/ Strawberry pulp – ¼ cup (to make the pulp, pulse the banana / strawberry in a blender until smooth. Do not use water. You will have to use 1 medium sized banana to make the banana pulp and approx 5-6 strawberries for the strawberry pulp)
Low fat yogurt – 1 cup
Condensed milk – ¾ cup
Gelatine – 2 tsp
Warm Water – 2 tbsp to dissolve the gelatine
You will have to prepare each panna cotta separately.
Completely dissolve gelatine in warm water and set aside.
Place condensed milk in a heavy bottomed pan and bring to just boil. Now add the dissolved gelatine, remove from flame and leave to cool for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together yogurt and fruit pulp (you may use a blender) to form a smooth mixture.
Add this to the cooled condensed milk- gelatine mixture and mix well.
You may now pour your panna cotta into dessert bowls or glasses and leave to set in the refrigerator. As simple as that….
The best part about this dessert is that it requires just 4 hours setting time. So it’s an easy whip up when you have some guests coming over.
Well, I layered the strawberry panna cotta over banana.
For this I poured the banana panna cotta in dessert bowls and left it in the refrigerator for an hour.
Make sure that this layer is nearly semi solid. Now slowly spoon in the strawberry layer as well and return the bowls into the refrigerator and leave to set for 4 hrs.
Please remember to cover your dessert bowls with a cling sheet to avoid a film formation on your dessert.
These panna cottas tastes amazing individually as well but definitely it is always fun to have a double treat!!!!!!