Panna Cotta is definitely one of my favorite summer desserts - who doesn't like not having to cook and creating something so delicious? The absence o...
This quick, simple dessert recipe with minimal ingredients is an ode to a selection of Tuscan treats: Vin Santo, a classic dessert wine that pairs fabulously with other rustic-style dishes native to this central Italian region.
Sure, the Panna Cotta version is a revised dessert without the presence of Cantucci, the ever-loved Tuscan hard biscuit typically dipped in Vin Santo, but we've got you covered on the almond front with the inclusion of the delicious fresh almond praline crumbled on top of your panna cotta in this scrumptious dessert recipe.
This is a great way to bring some of Tuscany's treats to your table without turning your oven on during a hot summer month. We think you'll appreciate this no-bake option, and anyone you make it for will surely agree!
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Prepare the classic panna cotta base
Bring heavy cream, milk, and sugar to boil in small sauce pot.
Gelatin sheets may be substituted with agar agar instead (use 1.5 grams per 2 sheets gelatin). If using agar-agar, add to cream and sugar mixture and boil together. If using standard gelatin, soak gelatin in small glass or dish with cold water for 30 minutes. When softened, add to cream mixture while still hot and allow gelatin to dissolve into cream.
When ingredients have boiled and melted, add Vin Santo, divide evenly into 6 small dessert bowls. Allow to cool and place into fridge until solidified, and each serving holding its shape well.
Prepare the fresh almond praline
In small sauté pan, place sugar and allow to caramelize. Add toasted almonds and coat well.
When well-blended, remove from heat and turn out onto sheet of waxed paper. Allow to cool completely, then using sharp kitchen knife, crush into small, uneven pieces.
Finish the panna cotta and serve
Remove panna cotta from refrigerator, top with finely crushed almond praline.
Serve chilled or at room temperature as per your preference.
10 minutes 11 ingredients 538 kCal
20 minutes 8 ingredients 338 kCal
Panna Cotta is definitely one of my favorite summer desserts - who doesn't like not having to cook and creating something so delicious? The absence of Cantucci makes this dessert a snap to pull together since there's no baking involved, and the making the praline absolutely could not be easier or more straight-forward. No weird ingredients, all stuff I always have on hand, so no excuses here - make this tonight and you'll see how great it is too. No cooking, no special shopping - what more could you ask for?