P a n n a c o t t a

A People seem to have the impression that p a n n a c o t t a, the classic Italian dessert similar to flan, is difficult to make. In truth, it’s actually quite simple!

Try this panna cotta recipe at home when you want to add a little Asian flair to your meal. The inspiration for this recipe came from the milk tea shops I frequent. I’m so hooked on these sweet Asian drinks that I thought of flavoring the traditional Italian dessert with my favorite milk tea essence—green tea!

The important thing to remember when making panna cotta is to use the right amount of gelatin so that it sets but still retains its creamy texture.

GREEN TEA P A N N A C O T T A

Makes 6 to 8 cups Prep Time 5 minutes Cooking Time 8 minutes

— 1 (7-gram) pack unflavored gelatin

— 1/a cup cold water

— 1 cup fresh milk

— 1 cup heavy cream

— 3 t a b l e s p o o n s white sugar

— 2 t a b l e s p o o n s sweetened green tea powder, plus more for garnish

— half a vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

— whipped cream and lemon rind (optional), to garnish

1) In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water. Set aside to bloom.

2) Combine milk, cream, white sugar, and green tea powder in a medium saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.

3) Strain mixture and discard vanilla bean, if using. Add bloomed gelatin and stir until dissolved.

4) Pour mixture into cups. Chill for at least 4 hours or until set. Garnish with whipped cream, green tea powder, and lemon rind before serving.

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