A light and creamy dessert perfect for warm summer evenings. This version has a hint of hibiscus tea and citrus which adds a unique flavor to the buttermilk based treat. Top with an easy to make strawberry compote and impress your guests….or yourself.
I’ve always wanted to make Panna Cotta. It just looks so impressive, especially when it’s turned out onto a plate and topped with berries. It looks tricky, it looks impossible. It’s not. So when the recipe challenge for The Recipe Redux required “Tea” as the ingredient I thought…what the heck. Let’s try to do this…and do it with tea. 🙂
I won’t lie….sometimes recipe creation is tricky. Sometimes it doesn’t go quite as I planned especially when it’s like chemistry and things need to be measured perfectly and combined just right. (I like to guestimate most of the time.) The first batch of Panna Cotta I thought was going really well….until the milk curdled when I added the tea and it looked like cottage cheese. I went with it….I did. I forged ahead and tried to strain it…until the curds clogged the sieve and the whole thing fell into the bowl. I kept going, no straining and finished up my first test recipe. (That’s why it’s a test, right?) Everything seemed to come together and I poured the mixture into the ramekins. HOURS later….like the next day….my dessert was still liquid. It didn’t set up…despite me sticking my finger in it 37,000 times to see if it had gelled. It didn’t. Recipe Fail.
The next batch I waited for the mixture to cool before adding the tea AND I didn’t bring the mixture to a full boil….just a slight simmer, like you’ll “see steam but not many bubbles” simmer. This is key. Do NOT boil. Don’t do it. Just don’t.
The Strawberry Compote is three ingredients and simmers over low heat until the juices start to thicken a bit. It’s the easiest thing you can ever make and the leftovers are great over waffles or in your morning yogurt.