Panna cotta are concentrated custards which are served with all sorts of fruits and even sometimes covered with caramel or melted chocolate. Chefs use flavors like anise, lemon or cinnamon in different variations.

Strawberry Panna Cotta

To help ensure the right texture, make sure to use high quality unpasteurized cream and full-fat yogurt – this isn’t the recipe to substitute milk or low-fat yogurt. This rich, Italian (eggless) custard is amazingly easy, elegant and irresistible.

6 Servings
• 2 Tbsp water
• 1-1/2 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
• 2 c heavy cream, divided
• 1-1/4 cups whole-milk plain yogurt
• 1 tsp vanilla
• Pinch of salt
• 1/2 c sugar
• 3/4 c (about 6-8 medium) strawberries, hulled and sliced
• Mint leaves, optional, for garnish
• strawberries, optional, for garnish

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water and let soften for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together one cup of cream with the yogurt, vanilla, and salt.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat the other cup of cream with the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is just simmering. Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin until dissolved.

Whisk the heated mixture into the cold cream and yogurt mixture.

Arrange strawberry slices in the bottoms of six 6-ounce ramekins. Pour the cream mixture over the strawberries. Refrigerate until cold, then cover and continue refrigerating overnight.

To serve, heat a small paring knife under hot water. Gently slide the knife along the inside of each ramekin to separate the panna cotta from the edges. Carefully turn each ramekin upside down onto a plate to release the panna cotta, with strawberries on top. Garnish with mint and more strawberries, if desired.

Serving Suggestions
• It’s ok to serve the dessert straight from the glass. Pile a few more berries on top before eating.
• Panna cotta may be frozen after being completely cooled. Thaw cups in the fridge in about 12 hours.

Nutritional Information
149 calories, 6 g. fat, 21 mg. cholesterol, 63 mg. sodium, 23 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 3 g. protein

Recipe developed by National Co+op Grocers, a business services cooperative for natural food co-ops and provided by Wheatsfield Co-op, your community-owned full service natural foods grocery store. For information about classes at the co-op, check out the schedule at Wheatsfield Cooperative’s Facebook page. Everyone can shop. 413 Northwestern (just off Main St), Open daily 7am-9pm.