10.19.2012

Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Ginger Cream


Panna Cottas are so simple to make and not overly sweet, which is exactly what everyone wants after a heavy meal. I loved the idea of a pumpkin one, but it's quite mild so I added another layer of flavor with a ginger cream. Perfect for fall, but I also pictured it as a Christmas dessert. Simplicity itself. I kind of liked the way the spices in the pumpkin panna cotta stuck to the side of the glass so it showed up speckled once I poured in the ginger cream. But you could use a Q-Tip to clean it up a bit before you pour in the ginger cream if you're a perfectionist.

Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Ginger Cream


Ingredients for the panna cotta:

1 1/2 cups milk
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash nutmeg


Method for the panna cotta:

Put 1/2 cup of the milk in a saucepan, and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, blend together the remaining milk, cream, pumpkin, sugar and cinnamon. The mixture should be perfectly smooth, so it is best to use a blender or hand beaters.

Turn the heat to low, and cook the milk, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin dissolves. Pour in the cream mixture, and turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, until steam rises. Turn off the heat, and ladle or pour the mixture into 6 4-ounce ramekins or other containers.

Chill the panna cotta until firm and then top with ginger cream. (Recipe follows) Chill until firm.
Makes about 8 servings.

Ginger Cream

Ingredients:

3-4 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups well chilled heavy cream
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons water

Method:
Mix the ginger, sugar and a pinch of salt. Tranfer to a bowl and add cream. Sprinkle gelatin over the cool water for 1 minute until softened. Heat to melt. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of the ginger mixture at a time until the gelatin is cool. Then whisk in remaining ginger mixture. Pour through a fine sieve. Chill over ice cubes and then pour on top of the pumpkin panna cotta.


31 comments:

  1. this is such a good idea---the ginger cream makes it truly exceptional.

    love all your "halloweening" here, Barbara!

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  2. I love the idea of adding the ginger layer! What a deliciously spicy fall dessert.

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  3. I love the way you set that on an angle! Very elegant. And my favourite flavours too!

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  4. I love this. The way you angled it is brilliant.

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  5. Very pretty presentation, Barbara. Not only pretty but it looks delicious! I'd love to just dig in to that panna cotta!

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  6. You are amazing. You know I'm no fan of gelatin, but I have to try this. I love ginger and pumpkin so!!

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  7. Elegant indeed. I don't think I've ever made Panna Cotta.

    BTW, I've had the same problem with pouring other things. Thanks for the Q-tip suggestion.
    Sam

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  8. Heavenly Barbara:) Love your banner, so festive!!!

    Thanks for sharing...

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  9. What an elagant dessert. I like all the pumpkin recipes that I am finding now.

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  10. I love this look really delicious Barbara!xo

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  11. I love the slanted presentation! These sound so delicious to me, Barbara as I truly love pumpkin. I just wish my husband shared my opinion.

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  12. Hi Barbara,
    Another yummy recipe to drool over!
    Your candy corn Oreo bark is a must try. I have a daughter who would love me forever if I would send her some.
    How is your fall going? It is beautiful out here in the west...but snow is expected next week :(
    hugs from here...

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  13. I haven't dabbled much in the realm of panna cottas but you're making me think I absolutely must! This pumpkin version is just too much my kind of thing to NOT.

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  14. These look so great! I want everything pumpkin right now. I have a stack of about a million pumpkin recipes I want to try. I'll be making a dessert with these same flavors today. Ginger and pumpkin are so good together!

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  15. I love all things pumpkin! I am definitely making this!

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  16. even though i'm not like most people and love a sticky sweet dessert after any meal, this would be welcome too. it's very lovely!

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  17. oh i'm in love, what a decadent treat!

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  18. I really like these kinds of pumpkin desserts - "beyond pie" is always fun! The addition of the ginger cream sounds delicious and looks so pretty.

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  19. I simply love this delicious pannacotta my friend and love the halloween site :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  20. Two toned panna cotta! How cool!

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  21. this is awesome has to be my new fav way to use pumpkin

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  22. I've never had panna cotta!

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  23. Hi Barbara,

    Have never made a panna cotta, so must give this a try.
    Really love ginger and it would be a nice light way to finish a meal.
    Thanks for sharing

    Have a happy week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  24. I absolutely adore the sound of this! So elegant and light! :D

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  25. Oh yum.....YUM! This is a great time of year to see the array of possibilities that can come out of this fabulous gourd. BARBARA! HOW ARE YOU? So nice to see your comments chez moi! I am keeping busy over here with substitute teaching and my art endeavors! Many hugs to you! Anita

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  26. I am sure the ginger cream gave this dessert the perfect kick Barbara! As you said perfect after a heavy meal!

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  27. ginger cream sounds so fitting to add some zing to the overly mellow pumpkin!

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  28. Beautiful! I watched Ina make Panna Cotta once and have wanted to give it a try. You've given me inspiration. And with that layer of ginger....omg.

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  29. That's a perfect mixture for me!

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