Monday, December 17, 2012

VANILLA PANNACOTTA RECIPE| EGGLESS PUDDINGS

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I love puddings especially the silky textured ones where as TH is not at all fond of them.As I am the only one at my house who likes those kind of puddings I always wait for an opportunity to prepare them.If I invite a bunch of friends for lunch or dinner I usually prefer to prepare these puddings as they are not only easy to make but also they can be prepared well ahead of time.
Coming to Vanilla Pannacotta, it is an Italian dessert which is prepared by simmering the cream with milk,sugar and gelatin and is rested for sometime to set to get a soft silky pudding consistency.You can have it just like that or can be served with any berry coulis which pairs really well with the Pannacotta. As I am a Vegetarian I use gelatin with agar-agar or veg gelatin in the recipe.
The process of preparing pannacotta is very similar to the Chinagrass milk sweet which we prepare at home just that half the portion of milk is replaced with cream and for extra soft texture and also we add vanilla essence or bean in the recipe for the flavor.The texture of pannacotta is very soft,creamy and luscious unlike the chinagrass pudding because of the addition of cream in the dessert.One can play with the flavors of Pannacotta by adding various fruit puree or chocolate or nuts to it,I have chosen a very basic Pannacotta with Vanilla bean which really adds flavor and taste to it.Try this simple yet rich pudding for your Christmas party and I am sure you and your guests would be flattered with such a rich and delicious pudding.
Vanilla Bean Pannacotta Recipe:
(serves 4)

Ingredients:
1 cup(250 ml) Fresh full fat Cream(I used Amul)
1 cup(250 ml) Full cream Milk
1/2 cup Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean or 2 tsp Vanilla extract
5gms(2 tsp) Agar-Agar/China grass (or 1 tsp Gelatine)
2-3 tbsp Water

Method:
  • Slightly grease the molds with oil or immerse them in cold water and keep the molds ready which you would like to serve the pudding in.
  • If you are using china grass sheets, cut them into tiny pieces and soak them in 1/3 cup water for half an hour.If you are using gelatine or agar agar powder just mix the powder in 2 tbsp HOT water.
  • In a thick pot add milk and cream together and bring the mixture to a boil on low flame.
  • Add sugar to it and also scraped Vanilla pod to the mixture and mix well until the sugar dissolves.
  • Cut the scraped vanilla pod into 2-3 pieces and throw it in the pot.
  • Meanwhile if you are using china grass,remove the extra water and keep enough water(2-3 tbsp) and boil the china grass mixture by mixing it continuously until the china grass melts and blends into the water.
  • Remove the vanilla cream mixture and strain the mixture into a bowl and discard the vanilla beans.
  • Add the strained melted china grass(agar-agar or gelatine) mixture and mix well immediately.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared molds and let them come to a room temperature.
  • Cover it with cling wrap and keep it refrigerated for a minimum of 5-6 hrs or you can even keep it overnight.
Serve them cold or you can even unmold the pudding and serve it with any berry coulis like strawberry/raspberry/blueberry coulis or even Pomegranate sauce or chocolate sauce.
To prepare berry coulis, you need to blend a cup of berries(any berry like strawberry/raspberry/blueberry/blackberry) to a smooth puree and strain to remove the seeds from them.Add 1 tbsp of Sugar(the sugar quantity depends on the sweetness of berries) and 1/2 tsp lemon juice and simmer for 2-3 minutes and keep the mixture warm.
 
Notes:
  1. It is a basic thumb rule to use 5gms of China grass for half liter of milk and hence I used the same measurements even for Pannacotta and I got really soft,silky and smooth dessert. 
  2. You can increase the amount of cream by another half cup( 1 and 1/2 cups in total) and reduce the milk to 1/2 cup in the recipe.I always prefer 1:1 portion as I feel that itself is rich enough for us.You can replace the milk with the cream totally in the recipe if you wish.
  3. Do not add melted china grass mixture to the cream mixture when it is boiling,this might curdle the mixture.It is always advised to add it only after it is removed from the stove.Always strain the china grass mixture as they contain small particles of undissolved china grass in it.
  4. I strongly recommend the vanilla bean instead of vanilla essence in the recipe as it gives an amazing flavor to the pudding.I love the look of vanilla bean specs in the pudding.
  5. As I did not have any berries in hand when I prepared this pudding I could not serve with coulis.Hence I served with a kiwi syrup(ready made) and sprinkled some pomegranate kernels to add color.
  6. If you do not have berries in hand you can even dilute berry fruit jams(like strawberry/raspberry/blueberry) with 2-3 tbsp of water and simmer it for a minute or two and use it as coulis to serve with pannacotta.
Check out the silky soft and smooth texture Pannacotta.I would say that this a heaven in a cup kind of dessert.You will not stop yourself until you finish that bowl and even crave for more.This is a perfect dessert for any party or for a romantic dinner,so try it and enjoy!!

Check out other Eggless Puddings recipes here and also my collection of Christmas Cakes recipes here.

33 comments:

Veena Theagarajan said...

wow!wow! great! just finished lunch. tempted to have dessert.. can I a cup?
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Arthy Suman said...

Prathy...pannacotta looks so yummy...would love to have some...

Vimitha Anand said...

Silky smooth pannacottas... Looks so tempting

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

wow yummy pudding... have bookmarked it..
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Priti S said...

Looks fab...nice pics

Radhika said...

I love your ramekin bowls. I too use china grass only for the puddings as a vegetarian and love the pom pearls used as topping.

Swati Raman Garg said...

woww... love d pics.. never attemped panna cotta.. must try.. have some vanilla lying with me..

Charishma said...

looks amazing...i make vanilla pannacotta pretty often at home...most fav dessert, i serve it with fresh strawberry sauce....amazing clicks and thank you for the comment :)

Prathima Rao said...

My sis`s fav!! I had made it similar way for her bday last month..Love the simplicity yet the elegance & richness of this dessert...Excellent presentation Prathy..
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

I am sorry but I first noticed your beautiful ramekins and then excellent looking dessert...

Chitra said...

Lovely pudding. very pleasant to eyes :)feel like tasting it ;)

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

The pudding looks super smooth and silky and very very delicious..Love the contrast of white and green

Tamilarasi Sasikumar said...

Yummy dessert...love it dear...

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Shanavi said...

Pretty looking Pannacotta..Loved all ur clicks esp ur last one..very tempting and beautiful..

Rumana Ambrin said...

Simply awesome recipe and beautiful click..

Priya said...

Silky and super smooth pannacotta, excellent presentation Prathy.

SARADA DEVI said...

The Vanilla Pannacotta Recipe is excellent as it is easy to prepare, elegant in appearance and very good in taste

Uma Ramanujam said...

Drooling here. Superb recipe and pictures. all are amazing. Guess you stay in Mumbai. Where do you get the vanilla bean? Is it available in India?

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
wonderful recipe prathy...
beautiful presentation dear :)

M D said...

That Pannacotta is a treat to the eyes! Beautiful and stunning dessert!

divya said...

wow....delicious pannacotta dear :)beautiful clicks.

prathibha Garre said...

@Uma..Vanilla beans are available in India,you can get them in stores like Fab India or few online gourmet stores but they are bit expensive...You can get at good price in Kerala,I bought few 4m there.

anusha praveen said...

i dont have the nerve to try a panna cotta.. i m so terrified of all that mixture setting properly but now i m totally inspired... Well done Prathy

Leena said...

I was looking for gelatinfree recipes for a while..thnks for sharing this wonderful delicacy .

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

love the detailing of the last picture. The tiny-winy black bits of the vanilla looks super tempting!!

DeepthiDigvijay said...

Great clicks dear!!!!!! every thing looks very professional here!!!
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Swathi Iyer said...

Vanilla pudding looks yumm.

Nagashree said...

Fabulous looking dessert, makes me want to try it soon. I need to get some china grass..

Archana said...

Wow! I always wanted to make pannacotta but was never satisfied with the recipe. Thanks to you I can try it out. Love the pics.

Lubna Karim said...

That's an heavenly dessert....looks so tempting and yum....really an awesome dessert for those romantic dinners....

Vanilla Powder said...

Hi,

This is a fantastic recipe, and great fun to make with the kids. Thanks so much for posting it.

All the best, Alex

Blue Gold said...

Hi..where can I get vegetarian gelatin in India? I stay in Pune. That panna cota is droolworthy!!

prathibha Garre said...

@Blue gold ..you get it in the name of agar agar or china grass,it is available in most of the super markets..you can also procure vegetarian gelatin in baking related shops,I am not sur ein pune but we get it in mumbai.

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