10.16.2010

A Culinary Ode to Fall: Maple Panna Cotta


Don't you love fall desserts like this? A snap to make and every mouthful is smooth and creamy. Perfect for family, but elegant enough for company. A friend gave me this recipe years ago with no provenance...my apologies to the recipe's owner/chef.


I've had it served to me once with strawberries and another time with figs. But I like to serve it with one of those pretty maple candies in the center because I love the fall palatte of this dessert. Even if I can't have the golden trees in Florida, I'm going to enjoy maple panna cotta!

And because I thought it would be fun to try (I had just made gingerbread the day before) I tried layering the panna cotta with gingerbread in my cute set of Juliska glasses. I let it gel a bit in the fridge first, but it still seeped through the gingerbread layers. Not picture perfect, but it was delicious!

Maple Panna Cotta


Ingredients:


2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (this will be less than 1 envelope)
2 tablespoons warm water
1 cup heavy whipping cream, NOT whipped
1 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1 cup real maple syrup
1 tablespoon dark rum (optional)
whipped cream and some maple sugar candies for garnish.

Method:
Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a large heatproof bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Whisk in the cream, mascarpone and maple syrup, and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk the mixture until smooth and warmed through, so the gelatin is incorporated.

Divide the mixture evenly among 6 martini glasses. Cover each one with plastic wrap. Be sure that the wrap does not touch the tops of the panna cotta. Refrigerate overnight, or for a minimum of 12 hours, before serving.

Top with a spoonful of whipped cream and a maple candy. Serves 6.

The nice people from Maple Syrup World asked to add this recipe to their blog site.
Of course I agreed. Give them a visit.


52 comments:

  1. The little sugar maple leaf ..is the crowning glory..Just the added touch!

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  2. Really, I love the fall feeling...and it must taste delicious!
    Very original, indeed!

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  3. Ohhh, this looks like a dream! SO beautiful!

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  4. This does look like a perfect fall dessert, Barbara, and I love the combination with the gingerbread in your pretty Juliska glass. One day, I am going to splurge and start a set. They're beautiful!

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  5. Yes, I adore this type of dessert and look wonderful Barbara, elegant and delicious! x gloria

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  6. I was about to ask if you even had fall where you live :~) This looks wonderful Barbara, I love Panna Cotta the maple flavor must go great with that!

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  7. Please hand me a spoon! This recipe is going onto my fall recipe "pile". I'm off to check out Juliska glassware--very nice.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  8. This looks like such a wonderful simple autumn dessert. I've always enjoyed the combination of cream and maple syrup.

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  9. Did you just mention gingerbread layers? That sounds marvellous. I like that maple candy very much too. Lovely! Hope you're enjoying your weekend, Barbara. ^_^
    Kristy

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  10. When I thought it sounded good enough I read 'gingerbread'. My mouth is watering Barbara, it's a must make. I need to have several couples over for a meal. This will be a perfect dessert. Thank you!

    Happy sunny weekend to you x

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  11. That is one delightful fall dessert! Maple syrup is soooo irresistible.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  12. This is absolutely beautiful Barbara. I've had an Ina panna cotta recipe for over a year that I've been wanting to make. Never had it and every recipe I've seen sounds so delicious.

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  13. I like pannacotta but I never thought of making it with maple syrup. From what I understand it was a great hit.

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  14. Maple syrup is one of my favorite things in the world. I put it in everything. I love maple syrup/pecan ice cream and maple pecan pie, I always put it in my yogurt ... now I can add maple panna cotta to my list.. the marscarpone is a wonderful addition with the rum... tang and warmth must be great together.

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  15. It looks perfectly delicious;) This sounds so good, Barabara! I've never made panna cotta with cheese before-that's an idea!

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  16. Barbara, what a lovely dessert. I love the maple leaf -- it's such a nice touch.

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  17. Yummy :D, and the maple flavour is the perfect thing for the cool autumn weather :)
    Hope you ahve a wonderful weekend ahead.
    *kisses* HH

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  18. Beautiful dessert! The flavors sound so delicious. Love the maple leaf on the top!

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  19. your panna cotta sounds delicious, the marscapone is a great touch!! and that maple candy, how could you not love it!

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  20. This might be the perfect fall dessert!!!

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  21. Maple panna cotta with gingerbread sounds like the perfect tribute to fall!

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  22. An elegant autumn dessert---I love the layering of gingerbread, too.
    Isn't it wonderful how versatile panna cotta is?

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  23. Both versions sound great! And perfectly simple...makes me want to host a weekday dinner party just to make the panna cotta ;)

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  24. This dessert reminds me of Eastern Canada and the maple syrup run every year.I gavce been wanting to try my hand at Panna Cotta so this may give the shove I need.

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  25. I think that's the pretties panna cotta I've ever seen, I love those maple candies.

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  26. So perfect for Fall!!! Yum....happy Sunday my friend.

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  27. What a stunning dessert. It looks gorgeous, and it's absolutely perfect for this time of year.

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  28. I love this, Barbara! Your touches make it extra special too. The maple leaf was a really fantastic idea!

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  29. delicious, indulgent and comforting, it looks amazing, cheers from london

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  30. Stunning... some of my favorite flavors. I wish I had time to make this today. Maybe next weekend??

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  31. Sounds easy and looks really elegant! I love anything maple!

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  32. It looks so fancy! And delicious :)

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  33. As a Canadian, whenever I see the maple leaf, my heart skips a beat. I am sure if I was served this, I would jump up and start singing our National Anthem. I want to claim this as My Own. I love the idea of a maple panna cotta. Gorgeous photos and thank you for another "Canadian" dish for my file.
    :)
    Valerie

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  34. I'm totally in love with the little maple leaf too. Autumn desserts are so comforting and that's surely one of the reasons why it's my favourite season. Love your recipe and presentation Barbara.

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  35. What a gorgeous dessert! With delicious flavors! and that little candy puts it over the top! Love it!

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  36. Hi Barbara,

    The Panna Cotta looks so good and with the layers of maple syrup and rum would be a wonderful combination.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  37. This is so beautiful-looking!! And so tasty too :) :) Perfect to impress guests at a dinner party!

    Sues

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  38. i love just about anything maple flavored so this is something that I absolutely need to try! I am salivating just thinking about it.

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  39. Sounds so fantastically good!!
    Love that adorable maple leaf candy atop, its sets it up a few notches!!
    ANd bdw,it makes a very pretty picture too!
    u come up with some of the most easy to put by but absolutely delish and elegant ,yeah!!

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  40. What a perfect celebration of fall dessert! The little maple leaf candies are wonderful on top.

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  41. Yummy dessert Barbara....love the little maple leaf on top!
    Fall is my favorite season, food wise and weather wise. I've bookmarked this tasty dessert!

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  42. Yum-a-licious Barbara! I sooooo wish we had maple trees here in Florida! I have to mortgage my house every time I buy maple syrup!I spend like $35 a month on the stuff!!! My kids are syrup snobs(hmmm wonder where they got that from??? lol)

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  43. I always feel so pedestrian when I come over here...

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  44. An elegant fall dessert. That maple leave on top is the perfect finishing touch.
    Mimi

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  45. Barbara, this looks stunning and I love the layers and the use of maple! After our recent trip to Canada we stockpiled maple like it was going out of fashion! :)

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  46. this has at least two things going for it, in my opinion. first, maple is involved--hooray! secondly, it's layered, which is automatically more elegant and fun than your normal, everyday dessert. :)

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  47. I disagree, I think they are picture perfect. And thos maple candies look so cute, I need to find some! And so true, I think this is a fab dessert either for family or for guests, well done.

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  48. Your special maple panna cotta looks so stylish, festive & pretty too!

    I must make this tasty dessert!

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  49. can't resist panna cotta and with maple at that...brilliant!

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  50. Love that little maple sugar leaf; gives it the five-star little touch!

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  51. I'll take that one! Sounds and looks delish!
    ~ingrid

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  52. I wish I could just dig a spoon into that. Mmm! I love anything with a lot of maple in it.

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