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Mediterranean Diet Recipe: Panna Cotta

Using fruit in desserts (from cakes to cookies) is common practice in the Mediterranean. Adding fruit to Panna Cotta is a classic dessert choice. Actually, fruit itself is often a simple dessert, which is another key to the health benefits found in the Mediterranean lifestyle.

[Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/mpessaris, 2012]
Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/mpessaris, 2012

Panna Cotta

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus chilling time

Cook time: 7 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons whole milk

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries

  1. In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup of the cream.

    Allow the mixture to stand for 1 minute to soften the gelatin.

  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine the remaining cream, milk, and sugar.

    Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat while continuously stirring. Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the gelatin mixture until the gelatin dissolves.

  3. Pour the mixture into 4 small custard cups and chill for at least 4 hours.

  4. To serve, unmold the panna cotta onto serving plates.

    Drizzle honey over each panna cotta and serve with the berries.

Per serving: Calories 260 (From Fat 179); Fat 20g (Saturated 12g); Cholesterol 73mg; Sodium 32mg; Carbohydrate 21g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 2g.

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