• Honeyed Panna Cotta With Dried Figs And Sauternes

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Honeyed Panna Cotta With Dried Figs And Sauternes


Bon Appétit, January 2001


Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 8 1/2 hr (includes freezing)


Makes 8 servings.

1 cup whole milk
1 tbsp unflavored gelatin
3 cups whipping cream
4 tbsps sugar
3 tbsps honey
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups Sauternes or Quady Winery Essensia*
8 dried black Mission figs, quartered

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Place milk in heavy small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand 5 minutes to soften. Stir over medium heat until gelatin dissolves, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Add cream, 3 tablespoons sugar, honey and salt and stir until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in vanilla. Cool slightly. Strain into 8 wineglasses. Refrigerate until set, at least 5 hours. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)
Step 2 Combine Sauternes, figs and 1 tablespoon sugar in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil until mixture is reduced to 3/4 cup, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool completely. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Step 3 Spoon some figs and cooking liquid atop each panna cotta and serve.
Step 4 *A California dessert wine made with Orange Muscat grapes; available at liquor stores and some supermarkets.