I don’t know about you, but Mondays are depressing. I come off the high of the weekend, kick around with Sunday sadness starting around 4pm, and then come into work to face REALITY. Anyways, Mondays are filled with the typical humdrum that I need to look forward to something on Monday night to make it through the day.
I hate to admit, but I’m a secret fan of the Bachelor on ABC ( I guess not so secret now!)….so tonight I decided to take some “me” time and watch some Bachelor in Paradise and eat dessert for dinner.
Roll in the panna cotta! If you haven’t had panna cotta before, it’s an Italian thickened, chilled cream dessert. It’s really easy to make, fool-proof, and did I mention delicious?!?
I decided to accessorize up the blank canvas of panna cotta and added green tea match powder for a milky tea flavor. (TIP: Green tea is also known to have anti-aging qualities and prevent wrinkles :))
For some sweet and sour contrast, I added a mango coulis to the top. A coulis is a fancy name for a thick, strained sauce…super simple to make but way fancier sounding.
So the first step is absorb the gelatin in water. Add in heated cream, half and half, and sugar and whisk together. Add in the green tea powder and ladle into mini ramekins.
For this recipe, I decided to use my new mini Le Creuset pots that I got from Amazon. I loved the bright colors that they come in! They make for an impressive presentation! Perfect for a Bachelor night in or a Whisk and Tell dinner party! I hope you enjoy!
1. Le Creuset Set of 4 Mini Cocottes with Cookbook, Marseille– These cute little mini cocottes from Le Creuset are the perfect vessel for serving individual soups, dips, and dessert… including panna cotta! Comes in a beautiful blue Marseille color perfect for any kitchen! Click the link below for your very own set. This giftset also comes with a great cookbook too!
Le Creuset Set of 4 Mini Cocottes with Cookbook, Marseille
3. Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System– Think of this as the perfect personal blender. Perfect for juicing, smoothies, and saucing without the crazy clean up from a full size blender. Also, this is perfect for a mango coulis 🙂
Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (about 1 tablespoon)
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tsp of matcha green tea powder
- chopped pistachios for garnish
- Mango Coulis
- 3/4 cup of frozen mango chunks, thawed
- squeeze of 1/2 lemon
- In a very small saucepan sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand about 1 minute to soften.
- Heat gelatin mixture over low heat until gelatin is dissolved and remove pan from heat.
- In a large saucepan bring cream, half and half, and sugar just to a boil over moderately high heat, stirring. Remove pan from heat and stir in gelatin mixture and vanilla. Add in green tea matcha poweder and whisk. Strain entire mixture into a mixing bowl to remove green tea specks.
- Divide cream mixture among eight 1/2-cup ramekins, or 4 Le Creuset cups + 1 additional bowl and cool to room temperature.
- Chill ramekins or Le Creuset Cocottes, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- In a Nutribullet or blender, place thawed mango and a squeeze of a half of lemon.
- Pulse until smooth.
- Pour the fruit sauce over a strainer into a bowl to filter out all the pulp and fiber until sauce is smooth.
- Remove pots from the refrigerator, top with mango coulis and chopped pistachio nuts.
- Thank you epicurious.com for your blank canvas of basic panna cotta!