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Monday, March 4, 2013

Yogurt Panna Cotta

A healthier version of a classic Italian dessert
Source: Adapted from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest

Taste: 3 (out of 5)
Difficulty: 1 (out of 5)

- 1 cup non-fat yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp gelatin
- 3 tbsp cold water
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp lingonberry syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Total: 4-6 servings (depending on serving size)

1. Soak the gelatin in cold water for about 5-10 minutes until it blooms.
2. In the mean time warm the milk until it starts to boil. Add the sugar, the lingonberry extract and the vanilla and mix. Add the gelatin and mix until dissolved.
3. Remove the milk from the heat and add the yogurt. Mix well.
4. Using a strainer to leave out gelatin lumps, pour the mixture into serving bowls and refrigerate for several hours until set.
5. Decorate with your favorite fruit or sauce and serve cold.

- I have to admit that I have deviated from the original recipe, it called for Greek yogurt, and I used a non-fat one, so my "panna cotta" lacked any creaminess and was more similar to yogurt jello. Another addition to the recipe that I made, using the lingonberry syrup, was probably another mistake, because as soon as I added it to the hot milk, it started separating. I love lingonberry syrup in milkshakes, it adds a really nice sweet and tangy flavor, but I did not account for the milk temperature in this case. So my panna cotta also did not look very pretty. Fortunately, the fruit topic hid the most of my wrong doings :-). And overall, after a heavy dinner, this panna cotta turned out to be a nice tangy dessert.
- This post was my SRC assignment. Just in case you don't know yet, SRC, or the Secret Recipe Club is a group of over a hundred food bloggers, who are assigned a "secret" blog each months. Then they choose a recipe from that blog, make it and post it on their own blog on a given reveal day. Then there is a big party, where you hop from one blog to another and check what everyone's been cooking. Lots of fun! And terrible for your diet ;-) I want to thank Amanda, Jane and April for making it all possible!
- Pola, the author of Italian in the Midwest, as the name of her blog suggests, has a lot of yummy Italian recipes on her blog, some classic and some with very original twists, for example her eggplant pesto. I will be back for that recipe.


Unknown said...

I am glad you liked the recipe! Unfortunately milk and yogurt are very sensitive to the temperature... but your pannacotta looks delicious and perfect anyway!!

Camilla M. Mann said...

A yogurt-based pannacotta?! How delicious and not such a guilty pleasure. Nice SRC pick.

Amanda E said...

Love the idea of this dish - and using fruit to "cover" any oops that might happen

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

Very nice! Looks delicious.

Katrina said...

Well, even if you had problems, you'd never know from the photo. Looks great! I have made a fat free lemon mousse with Greek yogurt and whipped egg whites (instead of gobs of egg yolk). It was delicious.

Kathy Walker said...

Beautiful! This would be the perfect dessert at our gourmet group...simple and so tasty!! I am in Group B and stopping by for a quick peak...pinning this one!

Lesa @ Edesias Notebook said...

I have never had panna cotta before but it sounds delicious. Great idea topping it with fresh fruit!

Elizabeth said...

what a great recipe- yay for src :)

Kate | Food Babbles said...

From these lovely pictures, you cannot tell that the consistency wasn't what you had hoped for. This panna cotta looks and sounds divine! Love the fresh strawberries with it. Perfect!

mjskit said...

Oh this is a healthier version. I love that it doesn't use cream. Now I can eat one of my favorite desserts with no guilt. :)

Shelby said...

gorgeous photo :) I have never had panna cotta, but it looks and sounds like something I probably would enjoy!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Beautifully recreated...and topped with strawberries makes this lightened up panna cotta irresistible!!

PS...your coconut buns look incredible, too!

NancyC said...

I love yogurt, so I'm sure I would love this! :)

Pam said...

This has to be great with the yogurt! Can't wait to try it!

Unknown said...

This looks delicious to me! Love the fresh fruit! Just wanted to let you know that I nominated your for the Liebster Award this week! If you want to head over to my blog you can check it out :)

Anonymous said...

I really do need to try and make Pannacotta.

Moviegirl03 said...

Panna Cotta seems like the ultimate decadent dessert. May have to try this for our upcoming anniversary, and buy one of those cool cups to serve it in. Great SRC choice!

Unknown said...

I would never have guessed that you'd had trouble by the photo. I love panna cotta and this one looks delicious.

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