Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Random Recipes: Panna cotta

I'm taking a little break from the leftover turkey today, and the accompanying turkey sweats, to tuck into these Christmas Panna Cottas (Cottas? Cotties? What's the plural please?) in aid of Belleau Kitchen's Random Recipe Challenge.

This month Dom has surpassed himself with the most charitable, yet festive of themes. Summing up what Christmas is all about (kindness towards others, generosity and thoughtfulness as opposed to, say, turkey sweats) the theme is: Make Space for Some Christmas Charity. Dom has asked us to randomly select a recipe from a cookbook we never use which we are then donate to charity.

As I love all my cookbooks, and treasure them as though they are my children (yep, all 35 of 'em), the giving-away-thing was going to be a bit tricky. However, following some negotiation with the lovely Dom it was agreed that I can still enter as I explained I'd just donated to the Guardian Christmas Appeal

And this recipe comes from a book I happily snapped up earlier this year from a charity shop. Brilliant.

Christmas Panna Cotta
(adapted from the Hairy Biker's 12 Days of Christmas; makes 3)

2 gelatine sheets
250ml double cream
2 tbsps caster sugar
half a tsp ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp dark rum

1. Leave the raisins to soak in the rum for half an hour. And have a good glug of the rum yourself; it is afterall Christmas
2. Soak the gelatine according to the packet instructions until soft
3. In a small pan bring the cream, sugar and spices to the boil then simmer for 2-3 mins, gently whisking the whole time until the sugar is dissolved
4. Squeeze out the excess water from the gelatine, then dissolve in a cream mixture while off the heat
5. Drain the raisins, add to the mixture
6. Share out the mixture between three ramekins or moulds and leave to cool completely before placing in the fridge to set

Baker's notes...
  • Serve with some seasonal berries for extra festive joy
  • Best eaten on the day of making, but these are perfect prepare-ahead desserts while you slump on the sofa in a blissful tipsy state, half an eye on the telly, leisurely searching for the last Purple Triangle in the almost empty tin of Roses


  1. I thought about making this...as on their programme the Hairy Bikers said if you make one thing this Christmas, make this Panna cotta. Looks delicious... I might give it a go!

  2. Well they look very pretty and even though I'm not a huge fan of pannacotta i think I could live with these if forced. So glad you've taken part and glad you already gave to charity. Thanks and merry Chrimbo. Xxx

  3. This looks delicious! I've never made my own panna cotta so will have to give this recipe a go. Hope you had a lovely Christmas :)

  4. They look absolutely gorgeous. I keep meaning to give panna cotta a go, wonder why I've never thought of doing them in silicon moulds - genius!

  5. Yum!!! I have this book also but I've never really paid attention to the pannacotta, quite remiss of me!! Looks so good.

  6. I still haven't tried pannacotta yet, I need to change that next year! Yours look very pretty and festive in their silicone moulds.

  7. I made a christmassy panna cotta the other day but it wasn't anywhere near as exciting I just made a cinnamon one with a mulled berry coulis. I like the rum raisin idea. I can never get my panna cotta out of the ramekin, using silicon moulds is a great plan. I will try that one. Hope you had a lovely christmas

  8. They look so pretty Kate and just the right light dessert after all those mince pies!

  9. They are so pretty, I may try them in the new year, and use my starry moulds again!

  10. So festive and pretty looking. The rum and raisin will pack a lovely boozy punch :o)


Thank you very much for your comment- I appreciate every single one of them!