Love is in the air guys! How better to celebrate love than by making a heart-shaped panna cotta? Since Valentine’s Day is tomorrow I decided to present my weekly post one day earlier. This way I can give you guys a chance to shop for ingredients to make a real last-minute Valentine’s treat for your special someone.
It’s All About the Love
To be honest, I usually make nothing of Valentine’s Day. I wasn’t even interested in it when I was single, but that’s mainly because here in Europe it’s really not that big a deal. Although we did have a sort of Valentine’s event when I was at school where they distributed roses. Mostly for the popular people. Of course. I was not popular at school. But let’s not dwell in the past, let’s get back to this recipe.
I really believe that you can capture anyone’s heart by cooking for them. There is this saying, ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.’, and I really believe that this is true. Although (!) of course only referring to a man’s heart is highly outdated. Hell, you can even capture a dog’s heart by giving him good food! What I’m actually saying is, we should cook more for our loved ones. It’s definitely a better way to show them that you care that a simple restaurant visit, or chocolate, or flowers. Do I get a ‘Hell yeah!’?
- 1 vanilla bean or vanilla flavour
- 250 g of cream
- 20 g of sugar
- 1 ½ leaves of colourless gelatine (if you want vegan version of that, use agar-agar. But then again, you will have to use soy cream instead of regular cream)
- 100 g of raspberries
- 1 package of vanilla sugar
- Heart-shaped silicone mould
Start by slicing open the vanilla bean and scraping out the marrow. If you have vanilla flavour, you can of course skip this step. In a next step, mix the cream, vanilla marrow and bean or vanilla flavour and sugar in a pot and bring it to boil. Let everything simmer for about 10 minutes.
In the meantime, soak the leaves of gelatine in some cold water. If you use agar-agar, follow the instructions on the package. Next, remove the vanilla bean. Squash the gelatine and let it dissolve in the cream while stirring.
Now fill the cream into the mould, then allow it to set for at least 6 hours in your fridge. While letting the gelatine do its magic, wash the raspberries. Fill them into a tall vessel, then add the vanilla sugar and if you want to, some flavoured alcohol like amaretto. Blend everything, then set it aside until the panna cotta is ready.
Carefully loosen the panna cotta from its mould, place it on a nice dish and spread the raspberry purée over it. Now serve it to your loved one!
This has been my boyfriend’s favourite dessert since I know him (I honestly don’t know if he’s eaten it before that). Because I am usually not that into Valentine’s day and we don’t overly celebrate our anniversaries, I usually end up doing this for him. In my opinion it’s always a wonderful way to show someone you care about them and put some effort into making something that they like by cooking or baking. Plus, this recipe is so easy and quickly prepared that you can really do it last-minute! What do you think? Of course, if you hate Valentine’s Day, you can try one of these Anti Valentine’s Day bracelets!