Recipe: Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta with Candied Kumquats and Sea Salt–Roasted Pistachios

Bronwen Wyatt's recipe for Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta with Candied Kumquats and Sea Salt–Roasted Pistachios, apdated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Sweet, mellowly acidic, and believed to be a cross between a common lemon and a mandarin orange, Meyer lemons are one of the more beguiling varieties of winter citrus. We love the soft tang they give to sweets, like this sophisticated panna cotta from pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans. In addition to showcasing the Meyer lemon's delicate flavor, the dessert is also an homage to Turkey, which Wyatt visited a couple of years ago. "I was incredibly inspired by the flavor profiles in Istanbul," she says. "The touch of orange blossom water in the panna cotta and the roasted pistachio garnish are a nod to its cuisine... Read more >

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Recipe: White Chocolate–Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta with Raspberries and Pistachios

 

When the North Fork Table & Inn's Claudia Fleming teamed up with Godiva® to create a dish for JBF’s Chefs & Champagne® last year, she faced the challenge of fashioning a dessert that was anchored in chocolate and yet light on its feet. She found a dazzling solution in oft-maligned white chocolate, which proved to be a seamless enhancement to classic panna cotta. Infusing the cream-based dessert with heady lemon verbena added a summery vibe, which was boosted by a verbena-scented raspberry compote and sugar-slicked pistachios. 

 

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Recipe: Truffle–Ricotta Panna Cotta with Lamb's Lettuce

Recipe for ricotta panna cotta, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

We see a lot of chefs making panna cotta at the James Beard House. It's easy to see why: since the dish requires several hours of chilling in order for the gelatin to set, it's an obvious make-ahead dessert for a large crowd. At Sean Woods's recent Beard House event, he brought panna cotta over to the savory side, combining the requisite cream with a premium ricotta and some truffle oil. To offset the richness, Woods garnishes the starter with crisp lamb's lettuce and matchsticks of quick-pickled radishes.

 

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Recipe: Banana Pudding Panna Cotta

 

When Daniel Doyle and Katelyn Selin of Charleston's Poogan's Porch set out to produce a refined take on banana pudding, they started by tinkering with a standard panna cotta recipe. They boosted the richness of the base by adding cream cheese, then blended it with sliced bananas that were cooked in earthy brown sugar, butter, and bourbon. After several hours of chilling, the team completed their modern interpretation with garnishes of white chocolate foam and banana bread dust. At home, you can simply serve the pudding with vanilla wafer cookies or shortbread for your own version of this reimagined Southern favorite. 

 

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Recipes: Fourth of July Desserts

Claudia Fleming’s Shortcake Biscuits with Rosé-Poached Rhubarb Give your Fourth-of-July table the colors of the Stars and Stripes with these red, white, and blue desserts. Chamomile Panna Cotta Top this delicately perfumed panna cotta with a simple blueberry compote. Shortcake Biscuits with Rosé-Poached Rhubarb Cooked egg yolks are the secret weapon in these tender shortcakes from JBF Award winner Claudia Fleming. Strawberry Pavlova The national dessert of a different colony, this pavlova from chef Ben Batterbury is loaded with strawberries and

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Recipe: Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Consommé

Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Consommé In this striking dessert from Northern Spy Food Co.'s Nathan Foot, a disc of silky buttermilk panna cotta rests in a pool of vanilla-scented rhubarb consommé. Get the recipe here and serve it with some rosemary madeleines on the side.

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Recipe: Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier-Soaked Strawberries

Alan Wong's Goat Cheese Panna Cotta If you’ve never made panna cotta, which is a low-maintenance but crowd-pleasing dessert, here’s a version from Hawaiian chef Alan Wong that will inspire you to whip out those ramekins and get to work. Chef Wong adds tangy chèvre to cut the creaminess, then brightens the dessert with Grand Marnier–soaked strawberries and a sprinkling of shiso, a Japanese member of the mint family. Feel free to play around with the accompaniments: goat’s milk caramel, fruit coulis, or wildflower honey would also be delicious. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Spiced Peaches with Yogurt Panna Cotta, Raspberry Coulis, Champagne Gelée, and Basil

Christina Lee of Recette employs spherification to create Champagne caviar for this festive panna cotta, but you can make a simpler component at home without channeling your inner Ferran Adrià. Just use powdered gelatin to set a straightforward gelée—no calcium chloride bath required.

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Tastebud: Panna Cotta

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Hailing from the Northern Italian regions of Val d’Aosta and Piedmont, classic panna cotta is a combination of sugar and cream or milk (or both!). True to its name (which is Italian for “cooked cream”), the dessert is made by heating the ivory base, adding gelatin (we prefer sheets over powder for the satiny texture they produce), pouring the mixture into round containers to set, and releasing the jelled result. Panna cotta pulls off a miraculous texture that’s both effortlessly light and mouth-caressingly rich.

In Gastronomy of Italy, Anna del Conte writes that while the dessert is occasionally flavored with peach eau-de-vie or paired with fresh fruit, the traditional, unadulterated version prevails throughout the boot. But Beard House chefs have broken the panna cotta mold: Dean James Max

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Recipe: Chamomile Panna Cotta

chamomile panna cotta This innocent dessert from Tiffany MacIsaac (who oversees sweets at Washington D.C.'s Birch & Barley) was one of our favorite bites at last year's Chefs & Champagne. The panna cotta is inflused with the stems and daisy-like blooms of chamomile, which has recently started showing up in bunches at farmers' markets. MacIsaac's souped-up version (pictured above) enlisted pecan granola, apricot foam, and blueberry compote—a tasty lesson in textural contrast. But the creamy and floral foundation is wonderful alone, and adds a romantic touch to an unfussy summer meal.

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