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Basil Panna Cotta Recipe

Basil Panna Cotta Recipe
  • Category

    Puddings and Custards

  • Cusine



1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature

1 vanilla bean, split

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup fresh basil leaves, washed and dried

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

Pinch of kosher salt

1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin

1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups mixed fresh berries, washed and dried, for serving


Pour the heavy cream into a medium saucepan. Scrape all the seeds from the vanilla bean, and add them to the saucepan along with the bean, sugar, basil, lemon zest, and salt. Cook over medium heat until just boiling, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and set aside for at least 30 minutes. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 4 teaspoons of water and set aside to soften and bloom. Fish out the vanilla bean, scraping any remaining custard and seeds back into the mixture, and set it aside. Over medium heat, bring the cream mixture back to just barely a simmer Slide the pan from the heat, add the softened gelatin, and stir until dissolved. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl, pressing on the basil and the zest to make sure you get all of the flavor from them. Discard the basil and the zest. Add the buttermilk to the cream mixture, and stir until well blended. Pour the custard into 6 small straight-sided rocks glasses . Cover the glasses with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to 2 days. To serve, spoon the berries on top of the panna cotta.