Impress your guests with this restaurant quality strawberries and buttermilk panna cotta. Make sure you have enough for second helpings!
Strawberries and Cream Buttermilk Panna Cotta
Prep time: 30 mins, plus 6 hrs setting time
Cook time: 15 mins
2½ tbsp hot water 2½ tsp gelatin powder 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk ¼ cup (90g) honey 1 tsp vanilla extract
500g strawberries, washed, hulled and diced 1 cup (250ml) water ⅓ cup (120g) honey 2 tbsp chia seeds Strawberry and Kombucha Granita
1 cup (250ml) ginger and lemon kombucha ½ cup (40g) flaked almonds 1 tbsp honey 250g fresh strawberries, halved, to serve
Method 1. Turn your Smeg blast chiller to the “creams and mousses” function and pre-run to cool the compartment. Lightly grease six ¾-cup (190ml) dariole moulds or ramekins. Place onto a baking tray.
2. Pour water into a small bowl; add gelatin and whisk until dissolved. In a medium saucepan, gently heat cream, buttermilk, honey and vanilla and stir until well combined. Cool slightly; add gelatin and mix well. 3. Pour the cream mixture evenly among prepared moulds or ramekins. Place in the blast chiller and press start (alternatively, you can set these in the fridge for 3-6 hours). 4. Meanwhile, to make the Strawberry Jam. blend strawberries with water in a food processor or blender. Strain, discarding seeds; pour liquid into a small saucepan with honey and cook until well combined and just heated. Set aside to cool. 5. Pour half of the strawberry mixture into a small bowl and stir through chia seeds, place in the fridge to set. For the granita, mix the remaining strawberry mixture with kombucha and pour into a lamington tray. Place in the blast chiller for 1 hour or until set. Using a fork, scrape the surface until flakes appear; return the flakes to the freezer until you’re ready to serve. 6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 160°C fan forced; mix almonds and honey; pour onto a baking tray lined with baking paper; bake for 10 minutes or until golden; allow to cool on the tray. Break into clusters.
7. To serve, tip out panna cotta onto plates and serve with strawberries, jam, granita and almond clusters.
• Panna cotta can be made 2 days in advance, stored in the fridge and turned out just before serving. • The granita can be made 2 weeks in advance and stored in the freezer. • Strawberry jam can be made 2 days in advance and stored in the fridge.