Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vanilla Mango Panna Cotta

Per Nana~
Panna Cotta is something that I am not familiar with. 
I don't think I've come across it in my travels, but then again, 
I am usually in search of crème brûlée or a good mille-feuille. 
That said, this was a lovely dessert - very pretty and quite refreshing. 
Unfortunately, when I made it on Sunday I accidentally grabbed a package of 
yeast instead of gelatin. I could not understand why it was still not firming 
up after 4 plus hours. It wasn't until that evening that I noticed the unused 
package of gelatin as I reached into my pantry for something else.  
I did a makeover on Monday and was very pleased with the results. 
Jim and I both enjoyed this dessert. I prepared two glasses with the mango
 pureed base and then used two ramekins for a plain, fruit free version.
 Both desserts were delicious. 
Per Tricia~
We are deep into our first blackberry season at the house and with the 
abundance of this fruit I naturally opted out of the mango version of this 
dessert. Frankly I was delighted to find a new recipe for using up the 
blackberries and this one was utterly delicious. No surprise since it
 consists of vanilla bean, cream and sugar among other things.....
Quick and easy, the most challenging part of the preparation was giving 
the cream enough time to adequately cool so that it was not melting and
 co-mingling with the blackberry base.
My taste testers loved this recipe and it is a keeper. 
I also look forward to preparing this for company since guests always seem
 to get a kick out of the individual portions created especially for them. 

This marks another Tuesday recipe testing as we cook along with the "Tuesdays with Dorie" online group.  Please note that we do not post the recipes, per the group rules, but we do encourage others to RUN out and buy their own copy of Dorie Greenspan's "Baking Chez Moi".  Better yet, buy the book and JOIN THE GROUP ! www.TuesdaysWithDorie.wordpress.com 


  1. Both versions look great. I am happy to find such a simple dessert and so versatile to be able to make it with all kinds of fruit.

  2. Both of your versions look very tasty. I would think the mango version would be very, very refreshing. And, Tricia, my daughter, Melissa, feels your pain with the blackberries. She always has a great crop and while the entire family loves them, it's just hard to "keep up". After doling them out to the rest of the neighborhood, she freezes them and then there is always Blackberry Pie at Christmastime. I certainly am enjoying reading and seeing pictures of all the surprises you are finding on your property, Tricia. Flowers and apples and berries, oh, my!

  3. Aww, I'm glad you didn't give up after the first try! I think the berry panna cotta sounds amazing! Nice work!

  4. Aww, I'm glad you didn't give up after the first try! I think the berry panna cotta sounds amazing! Nice work!

  5. I love that you used blackberries. I can't wait to try this with some different fruit!

  6. They both look good. The blackberries would have added a lovely tang to the recipe.

  7. Both your desserts look lovely. I thought the panna cotta was delicious on its own too but it is awfully good with fruit. The berries sound like a wonderful choice.

  8. Both your panna cotta looks lovely! And I am so jealous of your homegrown blackberries!

  9. the story of the yeast packet made my afternoon-so nice to know that I am not the only one who does things like that! blackberries sound like a great addition to the dessert although, peach was pretty tasty! and Tricia, I drive that way on occasion-my mom lives up in the Poconos, that not stalking thing could be mutual but I think we Tuesdays with Dorie bakers should have a meet up somewhere!

  10. Love the story of the yeast, Nana! And I also love that you tried it with and without the puree.

    Tricia, so perfect that you were able to use your own blackberries for this dessert. It looks gorgeous with that deep red colour.

  11. Nana I agree with you on the crème brûlée, yum. I am glad it worked out the second time and topped with blueberries looks delicious. Tricia blackberries sounds like a great substitution.