Lavender Panna Cotta with Marionberry Compote

Lavender Panna Cotta with Marionberry Compote

Italian cold custard meets Oregon Marionberries in this not-so-decadent dessert topped with lavender!

Serves 6

Prep time: 2 hours. Total time: 6 hours.

Ingredients Preparation
Panna Cotta

  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2⅓ cups whole milk
  • ⅔ cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 envelope (¼ oz) powdered gelatin
Panna Cotta Steps

  1. Place the sugar, whole milk and whipping cream in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and gelatin.
  3. Slowly add the lavender cream to taste. Start with about a teaspoon and add more as desired,to taste.
  4. Cool only slightly and divide evenly between six (6 oz) custard cups or ramekins. Fill ¾ full.
  5. Refrigerate until set, approximately 4 hours.
Lavender Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ⅓ cup dried lavender buds and petals. Note: it is important to use only unsprayed, cooking quality lavender in this recipe. Do not use lavender from craft stores, which is intended for potpourri.
Lavender Cream Steps

  1. Place whipping cream and dry lavender buds and petals in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer about 5 minutes, tasting periodically. Flavor should be infused but never bitter; lavender can vary in its intensity.
  2. Strain cream through a fine sieve and cool.
Marionberry Compote

  • 32 oz frozen Marionberries or Blackberries
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup Blackberry brandy
  • 1 T water
Compote Steps

  1. Place one half of the Marionberries in a medium saucepan with water and sugar.
  2. Simmer until berries are soft and release their juices.
  3. Strain berries through a fine sieve.
  4. Add blackberry brandy and mix well.
  5. Thaw remaining Marionberries by placing a single layer of berries on a plate that has been covered by two layers of paper toweling.
  6. Place berries in microwave and process on defrost setting for 2 minutes.
  7. Repeat until all berries are defrosted. Add defrosted berries to puree and mix gently, so berries maintain shape.
Assembly

  1. Unmold panna cotta from cups unto dessert plates.
  2. Spoon berry compote around panna cotta.
  3. Top with lavender sprig if desired.

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