Panna Cotta is incredibly easy to make. If you're not a baker and are one of those people who always avoids making desserts, then this is a treat for you. It takes no more then 10 minutes and uses minimal dishes and fuss. And I guarantee your kitchen will not be covered in flour by the end.
This month's issue of Bon Appetit (December 2009) has a recipe for buttermilk panna cotta with cinnamon caramel sauce. It's refreshing twist to the classic caramel panna cotta. The recipe uses buttermilk in place of cream which adds a nice tangy flavour to the custard. It's still smooth and creamy in texture but with less calories. And who doesn't like that.
I found the Bon Appetit instructions for the gelatin a little confusing, which is rare because their recipes are always dependable. I've made the instructions below easier to follow provided you buy a box of Knox unflavoured original gelatin.
Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Cinnamon Caramel Sauce (serves 6)
Adapted from Bon Appetit, this dessert is incredibly simple to make. Plan for 10-15 minutes preparation and 3-4 hours cooling and setting in the fridge.
1 package Knox unflavoured gelatin
1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
1/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Prepare one package of gelatin according to package.
Combine 3/4 cup cream and 1/3 cup sugar in heavy small saucepan. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture just begins to simmer. Remove from heat. Add gelatin; stir until gelatin dissolves. Cool until warm, stirring occasionally. Stir in buttermilk and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Divide among six 1/2-cup ramekins. Cover and refrigerate until set, 3-4 hours.
Just before serving, combine brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup cream in small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and caramel sauce is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Spoon slightly warm caramel sauce over each panna cotta and serve.
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