Vanilla panna cotta with a vanilla infused red wine and strawberry reduction

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus 6 Tbsp extra
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 vanilla beans - both split in half, seeds scraped from one
  • 4 tsp powdered gelatine mixed with 90ml cold water
  • 1 punnet of strawberries, raspberries or other berries
  • 1 cup red wine
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Method

This dessert is incredibly easy to make and can be done up to 3 days in advance. It really only takes minutes to prepare and when you’re confident it's especially easy to adapt the flavours.

Gently heat the cream and 1/2 cup of sugar in a pot until all the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and 1 vanilla bean along with the seeds scraped from it. Cover with a lid and leave to infuse for at least 20 minutes. Remove bean, return the cream to the heat and warm.

Lightly oil 8 custard cups - use a neutral oil as you don’t want to taste it.

Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a large bowl and gently combine. Leave for 5 minutes.

Pour the warmed cream over the gelatin and combine thoroughly until the gelatin has dissolved. Strain the mix through a sieve. Divide the mixture between the greased bowls and refrigerate until set - this will usually take up to 3 hours but you can leave for a couple of days. Dip the custard cups in a bowl of boiling water, being careful to not get any water on the panna cotta. This makes it easier to release the panna cotta from the bowl. Gently turn out onto the serving bowl or plate. If you are pressed for time set and serve in wine glasses.

Red Wine Syrup

In a pot heat the red wine, 6 Tbsp of sugar and remaining vanilla bean until boiling. Begin to reduce the wine until half its original quantity, remove from heat and pour into a bowl to cool completely - make sure you leave nothing behind. It should be a syrup like consistency.

Rinse, hull and slice the strawberries then throw into the syrup. Let stand for a few minutes to infuse then spoon over the released Panna Cotta.

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