Buttermilk Panna Cotta

For Valentine’s Day, because my sweetie prefers her desserts to not be overly sweet And the fact that we had two quarts of buttermilk, I decided to make a panna cotta.

panna cotta olive

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup blueberries, strawberries, grapes or other tart fruit
good quality sea salt
good quality olive oil

Place buttermilk in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. Let it sit 5 minutes, allowing it to bloom.

While the gelatin is blooming, heat the cream and sugar in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes just to a simmer.

Remove the cream from the heat then stir in the buttermilk and gelatin mixture until it is incorporated completely.

Divide the mixture evenly into six-ounce ramekins.

Chill until the mixture is completely set, at least 3 hours.

To serve: Unmold by running a small knife around the edge of the ramekin and inverting onto a plate. Tap the bottom of the ramikin. If it does not immediately release, dip the ramekin in hot water, and invert onto plate. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a little sea salt. Garnish with whole and halved fruit.

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