2/16/10

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with PAMA "Boozy" Berries

Here's what happened:
1) I bought 6 yellow ramekins
2) I got a sample of 2 mini PAMA Liquer Bottles
3) Sally sent me a recipe for Buttermilk Panna Cotta from Blackberry Farm Cookbook

Ingredients (slightly edited from the original version)
1 Packet powdered gelatin
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar
2 Vanilla Beans
2 1/4 Cups Buttermilk
2 cups of strawberries (or any fruit for topping)
strawberries and blueberries
PAMA liquer

Directions
1. Combine the gelatin and 1/4 cup half and half and microwave on high stopping every 10 secs to stir until gelatin is dissolved. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan combine remaining 1 1/4 cup of half and half with 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla beans. Bring the mixture to a boil on medium heat. Immediately turn off heat and add gelatin mixture. Stir until it is completely melted.
3. Pour the mixture through a strainer into another container/bowl and discard vanilla beans pods.
4. Place your bowl or container into a bowl of ice water and stir until the mixture is no longer warm.
5. Whisk in buttermilk and divide into 6 ramekins.
6. Cover each ramekin with plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours. [NOTE: mine took way longer than 3 hours to set up.]


And what about PAMA "Boozy" Berries?
I cut strawberries and halved blueberries and covered them with PAMA liquer. Let the berries marinade for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Once your panna cotta is set up, top each with berries. And I suppose you can drink the remaining juices ;)


I made half of the recipe because I really did not feel the need to eat all 6 portions. I also used a small glass as one of the containers.


This was my 1st time making panna cotta, and I consider this quite a success! The flavor was great: the buttermilk offset the sweetness of the half & half, and the "Boozy" berries provided a bit of a spunk.



Turns out you can freeze panna cotta! Which is exactly what I'm doing with two portions that I haven't eaten yet.

What's your favorite way to flavor panna cotta?

14 comments:

FrenchTwistDC said...

I love using rosewater for panna cottas though buttermilk panna cotta with simple berries is usually my staple.

Leslie said...

First time? I think you did a great job!

Justin said...

this makes me wish it was summer, when the berries are so nice

5 Star Foodie said...

Your panna cotta looks terrific especially with the PAMA berries! I've only tried to make a panna cotta once - to replicate a white asparagus panna cotta from Joel Robuchon. It never worked exactly right - I should probably make a panna cotta following a recipe first :)

Maria said...

Wow, what a treat. Great photos too!

helenahimm said...

I have never made this Panna Cotta though I've tried it in some places, yours look it will be very fragant and I can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing =D

Juliana said...

I love panna cotta...only made once...like the idea of adding liquor. Great presentation, nice nice pictures!

Megan said...

I love, love, love panna cotta... mostly with chocolate sauce. But these berries look wonderful and I do have a little bit of PAMA left... and some buttermilk in my fridge right now. Going to have to check around for the other ingredients! Looks refreshing, creamy, and delicious!

Sophie said...

Your panna cotta with the boozed up berries sings to me!!

Waw!! A luscious looking dessert!! I love panna cotta but from time to time ,...

Last summer, I made an almond scented panna cotta with stewed rhubarb with vanilla seeds syrup!

It is on my blog.

Jenna said...

Jesus Christ I love panna cotta. Love it. It looks delicious.

Lo said...

Gosh, that's gorgeous. And I can't think of a better use for that PAMA, except maybe drinking it straight up :)

Had NO IDEA you could freeze panna cotta. Good to know!

mike said...

Wow! I have tried making this recipe and it was so delicious! My daughter loved it and even had a second serving. It also went really well with a cup of hot espresso coffee Thank you for sharing great recipes and continue to share more in the future. Great pics!

BlueToYou said...

mmmmmmmmmm :-D

Megan said...

Whoa. My not-yet-revealed V-day dessert idea is very similar to this. Great minds! Love the boozy berries. I really like panna cotta with chocolate sauce.