August 20, 2020

Panna Cotta with Dried Fruits and Nuts

Yield about 2 pounds

1/4 cup pistachios

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup dry cranberries

4 large dates, chopped

2 cups ricotta

1/2 cup sour cream

4 tablespoons honey

2 Tbsp unflavored gelatin

70 gram water, room temperature

Heat nuts in a dry, heavy skillet over medium heat for about 4 minutes or until they're golden brown and they give off a rich, toasty fragrance. Watch them closely because it's easy to burn them.  Stir or toss nuts or seeds frequently for even toasting. Remove from pan to cool.

Sprinkle gelatin over the water in a medium saucepan; let stand 5 min. or until softened. 

Meanwhile in a large bowl add ricotta, sour cream, and honey. Using an immersion blender, smooth everything. Add dry fruits and roasted nuts. 

Place gelatin mixture on a low heat and cook until gelatin is completely dissolved, stirring frequently. (Do not boil.) Remove from the heat and give a minute to cool. 

Pour gelatin mixture in ricotta and stir everything together. 

Prepare porcelain form 8 x 6-inch. Cover form with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap gently against the sides. Pour the mixture into the form and refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

Cut into medium size pieces and serve with drinks or fresh berries.  

Russian-speaking readers can use soft tvorog (farmer's cheese) instead of ricotta.

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