Sunday, April 26, 2015

Savoring the Season: Peach and Vanilla Cream Panna Cotta

The doors of peach season are on the brink of being thrown wide open.  Florida peaches have already made their debut but the Georgia and South Carolina peaches in May will be when the party really starts.

There is no better way to showcase summer peaches than to prepare this absolutely delightful
panna cotta- literally translated is Italian for "cooked cream" A simple blend of cream, milk and sugar with a texture and flavor similar to custard but with a lighter feel on the palate.  An incredibly easy dessert to prepare that provides a perfect foundation for summer peaches to take front and center.

Fresh summer peaches are chin dripping juicy and it is a crying shame if you don't take advantage of enjoying this fruit when they are in season.

Peach and Vanilla Cream Pan Cotta
Serves 6
Recipe from Imperial Sugar

1 cup whole milk
1/3 cup extra fine sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups peaches, pitted and diced
1/4 cup water

1.  Pour milk in a saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over top.  Allow to rest for 5 minutes while the gelatin blooms and forms a wrinkled layer on top of milk.

2.  Over medium-low heat (do not simmer or boil), add sugar and stir.  Once the sugar has completely dissolved, about 5 minutes, whisk in cream and vanilla  until well incorporated.  Remove from heat.

3.  Divide 1 cup of diced peaches between 6 small glasses or large glasses.  Pour the cream over leaving 1-inch of space at the top of the glass.  Transfer glasses to the refrigerator and refrigerate for 3 hours to overnight.

4.  Before serving, combine the remaining peaches, brown sugar and water in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and allow to simmer until the water has reduced by half and has formed a syrup, about 8 minutes.  Spoon on top of each panna cotta and serve.



Rosaria Williams said...

I can just imagine how this dish would be so satisfying!

Tina said...

Peach season makes me very happy. I love baking peaches with a bit of honey. Pan Cotta would be a great way to enjoy them as you have demonstrated. Beautiful dessert.

Anonymous said...

What a delightful Summer dessert-individualized too!!! Thx for the recipe. 😋

That Girl said...

I can't wait for peach season over here, even though it's not as good as the Southeast seaboard!

We Are Not Martha said...

Panna cotta is one of my favorites and these look just lovely :)


Jasline @ Foodie Baker said...

I just bought a huge tub of peaches, perfect for making this recipe!

Julie said...

Beautiful! Fresh peaches are so delicious. We won't have "local" peaches till mid summer. Hope you have a great week.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love it when those southern peaches come our way! This looks like a beautiful and delicious way to use them, Velva!

Angie's Recipes said...

Can't wait for the peach season arrive here. These must be very fresh and delicious.

TKW said...

Panna cotta is one of my favorite desserts and I'm so jealous that you already have good peaches!

Gail said...

Looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks.

Sippity Sup said...

I saw peaches (and nectarines) at the Hollywood Farmers Market yesterday. You are the sentinel! GREG

Rhodesia said...

This sounds delightful, will make a note of it. All our neighbour's peach trees are diseased this year with too much rain so I hope it does not apply all over! Keep well Diane

Danielle said...

How lucky that you get to indulge in peach season so soon! Here in Ontario, Canada we have to wait for August!! It's surely the best time of the year! These look so perfect for a hot summer day. I will most definitely be bookmarking this recipe to save for those August peaches :)

Taste of Beirut said...

I would never resist this! YUM!

Robyn said...

Is there anything better than fresh peaches? This looks so delicious, Velva, and your photo is lovely. Did you change your header? Your blog is looking fabulous :)

Cecilia said...

Oooo, panna cotta, I'm in! Great idea with fresh peaches. thanks for sharing.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Oh Lord, delightful. There's very little else that spells 'delicious' as juicy peaches, nectar running down chins and arms. And with creamy pannacotta, so yum

Suzan said...

Love those Ga. Peaches!!!
time to go to the Farmers Market!!

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