It was my birthday last weekend so as a special birthday treat we tried making panna cotta for the first time. It’s easy and AMAZING.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann panna cotta

You will need:

-2 tsp gelatin powder

-2 tbsp cold water

-2 cups heavy cream

-3 tbsp sugar

-1/2 vanilla bean pod

-1 tsp white rum

-1 pear

-white chocolate, for grating

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann panna cotta Sprinkle gelatin over the water in a medium bowl, set aside to soften, at least 5 minutes.

Put the cream and sugar in a small saucepan. Slice  the halved vanilla bean pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the pod to the pan with the cream mixture and bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. (Be careful not to let it boil over.)

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann panna cotta

Remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour the hot cream mixture into the bowl of softened gelatin, stirring to dissolve. Stir in the rum. Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the vanilla bean pod, cover the bowl and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann panna cotta

To serve, peel, quarter and core the pear and slice it paper thin using a mandoline (I used the long slit side of a cheese grater). Arrange spoonfuls of the panna cotta on cold plates and place the pear slices delicately over the top. Dust generously with finely grated white chocolate.

*this recipe also called for finely grated black licorice, but I skipped it since I don’t like licorice.

I found this recipe in volume 18 of Kinfolk Magazine. It’s one of my favorite magazines (KnitWit is another favorite). Kinfolk features articles about art, lifestyle, travel, recipes, etc. It’s really well written and the production quality is so nice it doubles as a timeless coffee table book. I keep a few in my guest bedroom and rotate them occasionally. I highly recommend!