06 Apr Honey Panna Cotta with Peach Purée
Panna Cotta is one of my favourite desserts – I just love the smooth, silky texture and subtle flavour. A Panna Cotta is quite neutral on it’s own and it carries other flavours very well, so I decided to make a honey-flavoured version. Although Autumn is here, it’s still possible to buy delicious juicy peaches. They complement the honey flavour of the Panna Cotta beautifully, and add a gorgeous pop of colour too.
You’ll notice that the honey is added after the other ingredients have been heated – this is to preserve the flavour of the honey.
Panna Cotta lovers, try this!
25ml powdered gelatine
100ml Mac’s Eucalyptus Honey (Available at Faithful to Nature)
6 ripe peaches or nectarines
15-30ml icing sugar, to taste
a squeeze of lemon juice
water, as needed
- For the Honey Panna cotta, sprinkle the gelatine over the water and allow to sponge for 5 minutes.
- Heat the cream, milk and sugar on low heat until it just comes to the boil, then remove from heat and add the sponged gelatine. Mix well until completely dissolved.
- Stir in the honey.
- Pour the panna cotta into moulds or glasses and cover with clingfilm.
- Refrigerate for 3-4 hours, or until set.
- Peel 3 of the peaches and roughly chop into pieces, dicarding the stones.* Using a stick blender or food processor, blitz together the peaches, sugar (to taste) and lemon juice until you have a smooth purée. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve to remove any remaining skin. If the purée is very thick, you can add a little water.
- Unmould the panna cotta’s by briefly dipping the moulds into warm water, then inverting onto your serving plate.
- Slice the remaining peaches and place on and around the panna cotta’s, then drizzle with the peach purée.
*If the skins do not come away easily, blanch the peaches. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Score a large X onto the bottom of each peach with a sharp knife. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice cubes. When the water is at a rolling boil, carefully drop each peach into the pot. Boil for 1-2 minutes, until the peaches float and the skin begins to peel off. Immediately transfer the peaches to the bowl of ice water and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes. Drain. Using your fingers, gently peel off and discard the peach skin.