Thursday, December 02, 2010
Easy Eggnog Panna Cotta
Panna Cotta is Italian for cooked cream and traditionally is a made by simmering cream, flavoring, sweetener and adding gelatin. The result is a pudding that has a smooth consistency and forms an elegant shape in it's container.
This recipe is super easy. It uses store bought eggnog, gelatin and flavoring. You don't even heat the eggnog! Preparation can be done in less than 5 minutes. The hardest part is waiting for the panna cotta to set.
1 package gelatin powder
1/4 cup + 1 tsp cold water
1 3/4 cups eggnog
1 tsp Rum or rum extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
Set aside 4 tiny glass cups or ramekins.
Place water in a small microwave proof bowl. Sprinkle with gelatin. Allow gelatin to bloom or absorb all the water. This takes only a few minutes. Stir gelatin. Place in microwave and microwaved for 15 seconds. Continue to do so in 10 second increments until gelatin is melted. Stir thoroughly.
In a large measuring cup combine eggnog, rum and vanilla. Add 1/2 cup eggnog mixture to gelatin mixture and whisk until combined. Then, add this to remaining eggnog. Whisk until combined.
Pour into glass cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Wrap each glass with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes. Serve plain or with a dollop of whipped cream.