02 December 2012
its always nice to revisit old recipes. i remember this being the best out of so many panna cottas i've attempted and is also my hubby's favorite but ironically i always make the mango version far more frequently and only made this once. and despite the fact that december is not the strawberry season, i managed to snag a really sweet and aromatic punnet. rare consider that the berries we get are usually pretty sucky.
i also made these using some new plastic mousse cups i got recently. i've been searching for this design for the longest time! layers from bottom are vanilla yogurt panna cotta, followed by strawberry mousse and strawberry gelee. recipe is from cannelle et vanille's site and she topped them with meringue sticks. but i find that even without the meringues they're actually good on their own already, and the sweetness is just right. i'm usually not a fan of making mousses using the shortcut method ie. folding whipped cream into fruit purees. i usually make mousses with either an italian meringue or pate a bombe/anglaise base but i must say this tasted pretty good. i think it would be fun to experiment with different fruit flavors - cassis or blackberry version, anyone? and with a sponge cake base, this would make a decent entremet too. just exploring the possibilities here.
this dessert, while good on its own, would be even better on valentine's day. i guess its too early for that so i think i'll have to start on my christmas bakings soon. tentative stuff to make - a modern yule log (think pierre herme/christopher michalak type) if i can pull it off, or maybe something simpler, like a peppermint bark or honeycomb candy. what are you guys making? :)
recipe source : cannelle et vanille