If you’ve decided to skip the crowds of fellow lovebirds and celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with a bottle of bubbly and a three-course meal – but haven’t yet settled on the right romantic recipes – bring your feast to a sweet finish with an indulgent panna cotta.
Translating to “cooked cream” in Italian, a perfect panna cotta is rich, custardy, delicately sweet, and often flavoured with fragrant vanilla beans. The dessert’s relative simplicity also means it pairs quite wonderfully with a range of other flavours – from fruit coulis to caramel to a splash of something boozy.
At the award-winning Summer Lodge Spa Hotel in Dorset, our guests enjoy romantic recipes masterminded by Executive Chef Steven Titman, and his version of the classic panna cotta comes with a special twist of its own: a pairing with exotic passion fruit jelly
Enjoy the dessert in the original setting of the Summer Lodge Dining Room, with its warm ambiance and crackling fireplace, or whip up Chef’s perfect panna cotta at home – we’ve shared our special recipe for a romantic Valentine’s pud below.
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Passion Fruit Jelly
For the panna cotta:
¼ vanilla pod
½ gelatine leaf
In a small saucepan, bring the milk, cream, sugar and vanilla to a boil.
Meanwhile, soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for several minutes. Once it’s softened, dissolve the gelatine into the cream mixture and pour into glasses. Cover and place in the fridge and allow them to cool and set.
For the jelly:
8 passion fruits (juiced)
1 gelatine leaf
Heat the passion fruit juice and sugar together in a small saucepan.
Meanwhile, soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water. Once softened, add to the juice mixture. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
When the panna cotta is completely set and the jelly is cool, pour the jelly on top of the panna cotta and serve.
Wherever you decide to celebrate, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!
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