Thursday, June 2, 2011

Hot Day Cool Treat - Lemon Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries

Who’s hot??? I am I am!!!! 

Seriously, what’s with 100 degrees on the first day of June????  I knew when we moved here that the summer’s were hot, what I guess I didn’t realize was that summer started in May and not in July like back in Ottawa.  Baked goods are just not such a great idea when the oven just makes it feel that much hotter. It’s way too hot outside to do anything.  So today I pulled out the box of cook books and started to flip through the pages.  I was looking for cool treats to beat the heat and found a couple of things that would be great together.  Today’s combination are separately two great cool treats, at least I think so!


First, Rob loves Panna cotta, so I used Lucy Waverman’s recipe:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind
  1. Combine 1/4 cup milk with the gelatin and heat over low heat until gelatin is dissolved.
  2. Combine remaining milk, cream, sugar and lemon rind and bring to boil, simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and combine gelatin mixture.  Cool to room temperature.
  4. Strain and pour into individual ramekins.  Chill until set

and second, my girls love fresh strawberries and I thought to combine balsamic for tang and sugar for sweet.

  • 2 cups cut up strawberries
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  1. Stir together and let sit, then pour over panna cotta.


The combination of the two, for someone who loves chocolate and cake, loved this!  The lemon of the panna cotta and the sweet/tangy of the strawberries make this cool treat a recipe to remember!

The hardest thing in the recipe is removing the panna cotta from the ramekins.  Remember to grease the ramekins and just before serving run hot water over the bottom of the ramekins to release.  Be careful not to drop the panna cotta into the sink ( I didn’t do it but I so could see it happening!)


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  1. Mmmm. I am such a baby when it comes to using whipping cream, I dont know why. Know of any substitutions that would work as well? THanks for the recipe!

  2. This will make the perfect summertime dessert. I LOVE strawberries and look for new recipes to try them in. Thanks so much for linking to Recipes To Run On!

  3. Oh, this would be so good right now. Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday!

  4. Wow this looks fantastic! Plus I'm starving right now, so you're pictures are really taking a toll on me :)!

    Found you from the All Week Blog Hop and am glad I did! Am a happy new follower!

  5. We're still waiting for a *heat wave* here (an hour out of Ottawa) and if we get it, this certainly would be a lovely and delicious way to cool off!

  6. Oh my word!!! Love this.

    I'm so glad you shared it in this week's Mingle Monday!

  7. This would be perfect on a day like today! The lemon is such a nice touch!

  8. Wow! Sounds wonderful!


  9. I have never had panna cotta and this picture really makes me feel that I am missing out. Glad you did not drop any of these in the sink-it would have been a crime. Thanks for sharing this delicious and elegant dessert.

  10. I have made strawberries with a balsamic glaze before and loved it. I bet it's over the top good with this combo you have.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Bacon Time. Our first party was a big hit with over 300 links. I can't wait to see what you have for me next week. I have a special give away planned just for linkers at the party. Thanks for grabbing the button too, your awesome!