Happy kitchen: Panna cotta and strawberry sauce

This perfect dessert is like a sexy Italian lover
 My dear Beard,
It was a hot summer day in Saigon, and I was dreaming about a summer vacation in Italy. Well, Italy with its beautiful towns, fantastic food and sexy guys on their Vespa always on top of my wishlist. And one more thing amazed me: panna cotta.

 Panna cotta is a softly set pudding that is made with cream, milk, vanilla, sugar, and gelatin. It originally comes from Northern Italy, and the name literally means cooked cream. 
Panna cotta seriously is the simplest dessert you can make – very easy and quick and hard to fail. You can always change the topping  with chocolate or various of seasonal fruits. And I love the moment of dipping a spoon into a creamy panna cotta, feeling it melted in my mouth. It’s like a pure, silky, smooth and sexy Italian lover you could have. It’s heaven!
Here’s the recipe, for 6 people:
- 300 ml milk
- 300 ml whipping cream.
- 8 g gelatin
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extra
- 300 g fresh strawberries
- 2 tbsp water
- 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over 2 tbsp cold water and let it stand for about 5 minutes until the gelatin soften.
  2. In a saucepan, cook the cream, milk and sugar  to a simmer over medium-low heat.Stirring occasionally. When sugar has dissolved remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
  3. Add the gelatin to the milk mixture and stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
  4. Pour the mixture into the serving glasses or ramekins and refrigerate until set, for about 4 hrs or overnight.
  5. Preparing strawberry sauce:  wash and cut strawberries in quarters. Place strawberries in a small saucepan with sugar and water. Bring to a simmer until they are pureed, remove from heat and add 1 tsp lemon juice.

Next time I’ll make it for us and topping it off with my favorite fruit: mango. What’s your favorite topping?

Your girl

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