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Vanilla-and-Cider Panna Cottas with Spiced-Ginger Cookies
© John Kernick

Vanilla-and-Cider Panna Cottas with Spiced Ginger Cookies

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 4 HRS Plus 4 hr chilling
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE

Shawn McClain tops his cinnamon-and-vanilla-flavored panna cotta with an elegant apple-cider gelée. He equates the dessert to a Creamsicle because it successfully combines creamy and tangy flavors.

  1. 3 cups whole milk
  2. 3 cups heavy cream
  3. 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  4. 2 plump vanilla beans, split and seeds scraped
  5. 3 cinnamon sticks, cracked
  6. 4 teaspoons powdered unflavored gelatin (from 2 envelopes)
  7. 3 cups apple cider
  8. Spiced Ginger Cookies, for serving
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the milk with the cream, 3/4 cup of the sugar, the vanilla beans and seeds and cinnamon sticks and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and return it to the saucepan.
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle 3 teaspoons of the gelatin over 1/4 cup of cold water and let stand until softened, about 2 minutes. Scrape the gelatin into the saucepan and whisk until dissolved. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher and pour about 1/2 cup into each of 12 small glasses. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.
  3. In a clean saucepan, boil the cider with the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining 1 teaspoon of gelatin over 1 tablespoon of water and let stand until softened, about 2 minutes. Whisk the gelatin into the cider mixture until dissolved. Transfer the mixture to a pitcher and let cool completely (but don't let the gelatin set), about 30 minutes. Gently pour 2 tablespoons of the cider into each panna cotta over an inverted spoon and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours. Serve with the Spiced Ginger Cookies.
Make Ahead The panna cottas can be covered tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 2 days.
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