Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Mango [05.15.2011]
Out for a snack with BFF Annie of ...Olive Juice..., she suggested that I try Mango Medley. It's a sort of hip Asian cafe with quite the extensive menu as well as a large dessert section. We had a mushroom soup and both opted for the Mango Bliss
- choice of base (buttermilk panna cotta, grass jelly, almond jelly or
tofu-fa), mango ice cream, fresh mango and mango puree. Yes, we both
got the panna cotta base...
Although the dessert was amazing, we weren't sure if it made up for the 1 hour wait
for our food. So, I had an assignment. My variation is a buttermilk
panna cotta base with mango sorbet, fresh mango and passion fruit
syrup. I used the buttermilk panna cotta recipe below and made my own sorbet from fresh mango. The mangoes were so sweet and ripe, I only added a bit of water, lime juice and salt to fresh mango puree for my sorbet base. After dicing the fresh mango, I assembled the dessert and drizzled it with passion fruit syrup for a sweet and sour kick.
When time allows, I would definitely return to Mango Medley. However, my homemade version will work for now.
Buttermilk Panna Cotta
Zest of 1/2 Lemon
2 1/2 sheets Gelatin
1 1/4c Buttermilk
Scald first 4 ingredients, steep 15 minutes
Bring mixture back to temperature and add gelatin, dissolve
Cool over ice bath
When no longer hot, whisk in cold buttermilk
Portion, refrigerate until set (approx. 6 hours)