Apart from the weekend, I’ve had a really bad week. It started on Monday morning when my hair dryer started to burn (!), then I got lost 2 days in a row when trying to find my way to a project kick off. The first time they had to call for a taxi so I would get there on time and the second time I took a completely wrong subway line without noticing it as I read the newspaper and when I finally came back to my origin station the correct train was really delayed. As I was so late they had to call me on my cell phone for the status meeting I had to attend and at the same time a whole kindergarten group came on board the train so it was impossible to hear anything. During the week I’ve also been ill and the last thing I did was to drop and break an porcelain lid belonging to an old casseroule which Fredrik has had since he was a kid, but at least I didn’t burn my hand :-)
Anyway, a lousy week requires a nice treat so during the weekend I made white chocolate panna cotta with passion fruit. Sweet, creamy, rich with a tangy contrast thanks to the passion fruit. Panna cotta is Italian for cooked cream and it’s really simple to make, I prefer using as little gelatine as possible so this panna cotta has to be served in glasses as it’s too loose to be unmolded. Vegans can substitute powdered agar-agar for gelatin using equal amounts.
White chocolate panna cotta with passion fruit
300 ml double cream
100 ml milk
0.5 vanilla pod, cut it in half lenghtwise and scrape out the seeds.
1 tbsp caster sugar
100 gram white chocolate, chopped
1 tsp gelatine powder + 1 tbsp water
3-4 passion fruits (one for each serving)
Combine gelatine with water, set aside. Combine cream, milk, vanilla and sugar in a pan. Heat until the mixture is warm. Remove the mixture from the heat, add the chocolate and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the gelatine and whisk until it’s dissolved. Pour the panna cotta evenly in 3-4 glasses. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. When time to serve, cut the passion fruits in halv and scoop fruit flesh over the panna cottas.