Vanilla Bean-Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Cherries








Vanilla Bean-Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Cherries

1 1/4 cups reduced fat milk, divided use
1 1/4 teaspoons gelatin
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

1 1/2 cups frozen sour cherries, pitted
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Place 1/4 cup milk in a medium bowl; sprinkle gelatin into milk and allow to sit for ten minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring additional 1 cup milk and 1/3 cup sugar to a boil, whisking frequently. Whisk milk into gelatin mixture, along with the sour cream and vanilla bean seeds, until well combined, about 1 minute. Divide into 4 ramekins. Cover and chill for 4 hours or until set.

To make the cherries, in a small saucepan, bring cherries and 1/4 cup sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Break down the cherries slightly, using some sort of mashing device. Continue to cook for 10 minutes or until thickened and bubbly, stirring frequently. Pour into a dish, lightly cover, and chill until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, run a knife around panna cotta edges, and invert onto plates. Drizzle with cherries and garnish with walnuts.

Makes 4 servings

41 comments:

  1. That dessert will perk me up in no time. Love the vibrant red against the silky white!!

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  2. No holiday here since we live in Canada..in fact the only holiday in January is New Years Day...what's up with that.I like this dessert for a healthy start to the next decade.

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  3. The photos look so appetizing. I could take a spoon and eat the screen. I made a similar panna cotta a month ago with mixed berries. The cherries and a nice change.

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  4. love conan too. We actually sat behind home on a small plane to St. Lucia from the Bahamas and my kids kicked his seat the entire flight. He was a really good sport about it!
    Beautiful pictures and it sounds delicious!

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  5. i love panna cottas :) and babka! although ours was always the plain/raisin variety... chocolate is calling my name right now, so watch out!

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  6. I'm lovin' the flavor of this panna cotta as well as the stunning photo!

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  7. Your Panna Cotta recipe is spot on, but, oy, I wish you hadn't asked about Conan. There, unfortunately, does seem to be a generational divide on this issue.

    How come no one was crying for Leno when he was unceremoniously yanked off the air when he was number one to make room for Conan?!!

    Leno DID hurt Conan's ratings, but he wasn't exactly triumphing before Leno started at 10 o'clock.

    Conan is funny, but he is now sounding like a spoiled school boy. Think of the MILLIONS of people who lose their jobs and don't get bubkus. 30 million dollars should go a long way in easing his pain. I actually think what NBC did to Conan is terrible, but Jay wasn't calling the shots. Conan's ratings stank as did Jay's and they had to do something.

    AND where were all of Conan's fan before all of this blew up? Probably watching Letterman.

    You have my permission to delete this rant.

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  8. Sorry...but one more thing...One can love Conan, but still acknowledge that his Tonight Show stank.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com
    /blogs-and-stories/2010-01-13
    /good-riddance/

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  9. This panna cotta looks picture perfect. And I'm with you all the way on Conan.

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  10. It looks so creamy, Emily! And I love anything cherry.

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  11. I think the size of your room is inversley proportional to how long it takes to put sheets on your bed. In our last house the room was only about a foot on all sides bigger than the bed. It took FOREVER to put the sheets on. Our new house it takes about 3 minutes because our bedroom is huge. Just a theory anyway....

    The panna cotta looks yummy!

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  12. Your sauce is so pretty on the white panna cotta.

    I don't get the day off. I used to get it off before my company was acquired. The acquiring company doesn't put MLK on the holiday schedule though, so I lost it. I do get some random day in the spring though.

    The NBC thing does't bug me a bit. I'm such an anti-night-owl that I'm never awake for late-night talk shows. Never watch 'em. Don't care.

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  13. i do love the contrast of red on white. and conan, bless his heart.
    meanwhile, don't you feel bad for all the hotel maids out there who do nothing BUT change sheets all day? yikes.

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  14. I don't stay up late enough to vote on the Jay/Conan thing. I don't think they are going about things the right way though. This looks great. I may have to try this one of these days.

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  15. oh gosh! This is amazing. Sounds super healthy, light and delicious. Fabulous photos as well sweetie. I love anything with vanilla bean in it and I cant wait to make this up. Thanks so much!!

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  16. Oooh, panna cotta! I really want to make this, I think it'd be the closest thing to eating clouds except for those floating island things, but this is a bit heavier.

    My take on the Consey-Leno debacle is that Consey definitely has a different sense of humor, and those who liked Leno probably aren't going to relate with Consey all that much. I like both, for different reasons. Leno did increase is overall viewership in his 10 pm time slot from what it was late night, though not to the extent that the NBC goons would have liked. I think that they should have given it a bit longer to play out -- everything is hyped up at the beginning, but it's afterwards that really matters. They just want to make a buck.

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  17. The contrast in colors is gorgeous and it looks so creamy. YUM!
    ~ingrid

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  18. I'm the same way with my haircuts - I just got one on Saturday and feel so much better! What a lovely light dessert - it looks so creamy and smooth!

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  19. The read from the cherries is so vibrant and gorgeous! I like your spin on the traditional panna cotta with the addition of sour cream.

    ps: I'm having a darkest days hair week right now. Friday is when I get it cut and right now I just want to hide.

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  20. I love panna cotta. I never knew it was so easy! Im with you, Conan all the way.

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  21. I have never made panna cotta - it looks delicious. I would love to just dig right in! If I had to choose a late night host I would pick Jay over Conan but neither one really does anything for me. I really liked Johnny Carson best.....no one compares to him!!!

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  22. One of my favorite things in the whole world is sleeping on clean sheets, so I don't mind putting them on the bed at all! And this panna cotta looks like a little heaven on a plate!

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  23. Yeah, Conan sucks... Put LENO back on!!!! Wow.

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  24. Mmm, I was craving sour cherries the other day, this looks so good!

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  25. Wow, I just tried panna cotta for the first time a few weeks ago and it was delish! I didn't think I could make it...although I guess you can't sub vanilla extract for the vanilla bean correct?

    Thanks!

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  26. I'll talk about the panna cotta first, because it's a dessert I love. There are so many variations! Your cherry panna cotta is perfect for Valentines Day! Yummy.
    Now about your other comments:
    1)I hate sheet changing too!
    2)You are a brave girl to wait 4 months. I can't make it past 5 weeks! It kills me and I wonder often if I should just go au natural.
    3)NBC sucks.

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  27. Gorgeous photos of this dessert! And I like your new blog look.

    I like Conan okay, but I liked Leno on Tonight Show better. Sorry. But the way NBC is handling this is crazy!

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  28. I saw Conan live in New York as well,and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

    As far as the sheets go, I'm with ya on that one. We went Euro. One fitted sheet, NO flat sheet (really, what's the point?), and a down comforter sans duvet cover. White, fluffy, comfy, and so easy to make!

    Panna Cotta - beautiful. :)

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  29. I'm with you on the sheets. I hate doing my bedding...it's such a pain. If I win the lottery I would so hire a laundress to take care of that for me :)

    Now onto the panna cotta. Delicious!!! I gotta give this recipe a try. I have a few vanilla beans laying around begging to be used :)

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  30. I'm with you all the way on Conan! He completely got the short end of the stick in this deal, but I imagine he'll come out of this mess and do something really great and then be able to say "Take THAT NBC!".

    I really just find Jay Leno very cheesey. His jokes are corny and not very funny. I like Letterman's and Conan's senses of humor much better.

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  31. Dearie, one of these days you'll be rich and famous and someone will make your bed daily ;) and do your hair (which is beautiful--you're so lucky to have those gorgeous waves). Your photos make anything you create look delicious.

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  32. THe easiest thing is fitted sheet as the bottom sheet, no top sheet and a duvet that has a duvet cover. The duvet cover can be a bit of a pain to put by yourself but if you can enlist the help of someone walking past your bedroom door it's done in a cinch.

    ... Or try this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zniJBQGfYiI

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  33. This looks too pretty to eat. I bet it tastes good too.

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  34. Thanks everyone!

    I asked for your opinions and I gots them.

    Cookies & Cups, cooool!

    Sue, I'm afraid we'll have to agree to disagree. :)

    Mary, good point. My bedroom is very small.

    Grace, eek. I didn't even think about the poor maids.

    Christina, I completely agree! You are one wise woman.

    Eric, Leno! Leno! Leno!
    You're my little spicy nugg. I love you.

    Anon, yup. You could. I just used the bean because I had one.

    Barbara, I agree. NBC does suck. I can't believe you go five weeks! You must be loaded!

    Sharon, wow, thank you!

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  35. I'm so excited to try this...thanks! How much vanilla extract should I use, a teaspoon?

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  36. I've never really loved panna cotta, but that seriously looks really good. Love how creamy it looks--and the cherries just top it off, ha punny!

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  37. This looks grogeous - I think it would be perfect for Valentines Day.

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  38. I love your blog, your recipes are amazing and I can't wait to try this one. Good luck with your endeavors and I'm definitely adding you to our blog roll.

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