Finally a start!!!

I was thinking what should my first post be like, what should it be about? But just couldn’t decide on one thing. Should it be this recipe or that ingredient, dessert or savory? So finally I decided I’ll never be able to pick one thing so just starting off with something really simple, just the way I like to cook! It’s a really easy dessert I made – Blueberry jelly and vanilla panna cotta with honey sesame crisps. Panna cotta is such an easy dessert and perfect if you have guests coming over because it can be made in advance.

Blueberry jelly and vanilla panna cotta with honey sesame crisps
(Makes 6 to 8 servings)

Ingredients:
For the blueberry jelly
1 cup fresh orange juice (or water)
1/4 cup blueberries
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cold water
1 1/2 tsp powdered gelatin
For the vanilla panna cotta
2 cups cream (I used Amul cream)
1 cup milk
Orange zest (of 1 orange)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/3 cup castor sugar (I used Blue bird castor sugar) – you can use normal sugar but make sure that it dissolves properly in the cream. We want the panna cotta to be smooth and creamy.
3 tsp powdered gelatin
¼ cup cold water
For the honey sesame crisps
2 samosa pattis
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp orange juice
Few roasted sesame seeds

Method:

  1. Pour the blueberries, orange juice, zest and sugar in a pan and cook till the berries break down a little and let out their juices. We want to keep the berries intact so don’t squash them. This will add a nice bite to the creamy panna cotta
  2. Meanwhile, mix the cold water and gelatin and let it bloom for 10 minutes
  3. Mix the gelatin with the berry syrup till it dissolves and pour in the glasses you wish to serve the panna cotta and chill the glasses
  4. For the panna cotta pour cream and milk in a heavy bottom pan
  5. Add sugar and vanilla essence to the cream and let it simmer (till bubbles appear at the corners and there are no sugar granules left)
  6. Meanwhile, mix the cold water and gelatin and let it bloom for 10 minutes
  7. Let the cream cool a little (for 5 minutes) and then add the gelatin to it. Mix well till the gelatin dissolves
  8. Let the cream mix cool for 20 minutes because the hot cream will cause the blueberry jelly to melt
  9. Once cooled enough pour the cream over the jelly and chill for 4-5 hours
  10. For the crisps, cut the samosa pattis in any shape you like and place them on a baking tray
  11. Place them in an oven and toast them for 5-10 or till golden brown. Place them in an air tight tin till serving
  12. Before serving the panna cotta heat the orange juice and honey till completely dissolved and thickened a bit. Pour this syrup onto the crisps we made earlier and sprinkle with sesame seeds.Serve the chilled creamy panna cotta with the crisps.

Tips:
– You can use any berries or seasonal fruits to make the jelly. Just fruit juice also can be used to make the jelly
– Panna cotta cream mix can also be flavored with so many different flavors like rose water, orange blossom, chocolate, fruit pulps
– Decorate the panna cotta with fresh fruits or grated chocolate.
Use your imagination and experiment with flavors with this really simple dessert.

P.S.: Special thanks to Mr.P for pestering me to start a blog! Thank you! 😀

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