Thursday, January 22, 2009
Special days call for special treats
Today marks the day of my arrival in this world, never mind how many years ago. While most of my celebrating is done outside my home and kitchen, I made this little dessert last night to start my birthday in style.
To make Coffee Panacotta, heat 1/2 cup cream in a small saucepan with 1/2 tbsp sugar and a few drops of vanilla essense. Let it come to a simmer, but turn off the heat before it boils over. Find another bowl that would fit over one of your saucepans and put 1/3 tsp gelatine in it. Mix 1/2 tsp instant coffee with 2 tbsp water and pour it on the gelatine. Let it wait 5 minutes. In the meantime, heat some water in the saucepan and turn down the heat so it simmers. Put the bowl with gelatine on simmering water and stir until the gelatine dissolves.
Stir a little bit of cream into the gelatine to mix, then stir in the rest of the cream and mix well. Pour this into 2 shot glasses, let it cool a bit, then put in the fridge to set and chill for an hour or so. Top with a chocolate coated coffee bean.
This one was super easy to make; just perfect for "Recipes for the Rest of us : Desserts" - Ramki's brainchild that's being hosted by Varsha this month.