Panna cotta is a popular Italian dessert and means cooked cream. Many panna cotta recipes contain for example milk or half and half in addition to cream. This recipe, however, has only the real stuff: heavy cream. When real vanilla is added to season the gentle creaminess and tangy blackcurrant sauce covers the rich smoothness, you can just forget all the bad things in this world when indulging yourself with this divine dessert.
Tips for making this dessert
When you let the gelatin soak in the cold cream, it might form lumps. However, it usually dissolves well when mixed into the hot cream. In any case, it’s good to mix the cream with a spoon when you add the gelatin to the cold cream.
If you don’t have real vanilla, you can naturally use vanilla extract, however this dessert is much better with real vanilla. Ground vanilla or vanilla powder works also well.
I’ve used 1 teaspoon gelatin, which makes relatively firm panna cotta. If you prefer your panna cotta really firm, use 2 teaspoons gelatin.
Stir the hot, ready mixture all the time while pouring it into dessert bowls, ramekins or glasses. Vanilla seeds tend to sink to the bottom of the saucepan and we want to ensure that all the portions get equal amount of seeds. The vanilla seeds sink to the bottom of the dessert bowls too, so if you remove the panna cottas from the dessert bowls and place them on plates, the surface is dotted with tiny vanilla seeds.
If the sauce is too thick in your opinion, you can add water to get the consistency you want. Taste the sauce and add more sweetener like erythritol or stevia if needed.
My low-carb panna cotta experiments
As I love everything creamy, I thought panna cotta is an easy and simple dessert to make. But how to get some twist to it? I heard word “rosewater” somewhere in the back of my head and wanted to try it out. One teaspoon didn’t taste at all, two teaspoons far too little, so one tablespoon rosewater was just ideal.
I thought my family doesn’t like rosewater anyway, so when I made this dessert last weekend I omitted the rosewater and used vanilla pod instead. And since we had plenty of great, fresh and sweet strawberries, I used those for the sauce. Everybody simply loved the dessert and couldn’t stop singing the praises.
I was satisfied too, but wanted to make the dessert more exciting. So, rosewater and something more interesting for the sauce. What could that be? Some berries but which berries? Blueberries would be too bland. Blackcurrants? Yes! Blackcurrants it was. We have one small bush full of blackcurrants which I didn’t manage to pick yet. This was the chance. Moreover, I thought the taste of blackcurrants might go well with rosewater.
Well, I have to confess that I know better tasting things than rosewater or then I simply got my quota full when doing my experiments. That’s why in this final recipe I have given up using rosewater, but use real vanilla instead. Traditionally panna cotta is made with real vanilla anyway.
- 1 teaspoon powdered gelatin
- 1 1/2 cup = 360 ml heavy cream
- 2 + 2 tablespoons erythritol crystals
- 1 vanilla bean
- 3 oz = 85 g fresh blackcurrants
- In a small bowl, mix the gelatin with 1/4 cup (60 ml) cream.
- Put the rest of the cream (1 1/4 cup = 300 ml) and 2 tablespoons erythritol to a saucepan.
- Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape the seeds.
- Put the vanilla seeds and the empty vanilla pod to the saucepan with the cream and the erythritol.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, constantly mixing.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the gelatin mixture constantly stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.
- Remove the empty vanilla pod.
- Pour the hot mixture into dessert bowls, ramekins or glasses and refrigerate at least 5 hours.
- When ready to eat, make the sauce. Simply purée the blackcurrants with the remaining 2 tablespoons erythritol in a food processor or with a hand blender into a smooth sauce. Add more sweetener if needed.
- Pour the sauce over each portion.
This sounds fabulous! I have some blackcurrants which I just picked, and was looking for a low carb dessert. I haven’t got enough time for it to set tonight, but I will make it for tomorrow. Thank you!
Awesome, sounds great! Hope you like it!