The Ultimate Holiday Dessert: Earl Grey Tea Panna Cotta

When it comes to holiday desserts, it's the unique flavours and textures that leave a lasting impression. This season, give your festive spread a touch of elegance with an Earl Grey tea panna cotta. This creamy, gently wobbling dessert, infused with the distinct aroma of Earl Grey, is sure to be the crown jewel of your holiday table.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • Zest of 1 orange (optional for an extra citrusy note)
  • Fresh berries and mint leaves for garnish

The Earl Grey Infusion: Crafting the Base

Pour the heavy cream, milk, and sugar into a saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Just before it boils, remove from heat and add the Earl Grey tea bags. Let them steep for about 10 minutes, allowing the cream to take on the fragrant bergamot essence.

Preparing the Gelatin: Setting the Stage

While the cream mixture is infusing, sprinkle the gelatin powder over the cold water in a small bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes to “bloom.” This step is crucial for achieving the perfect panna cotta consistency.

Combining the Elements: The Silky Mix

Remove the tea bags from the cream mixture, squeezing them gently to extract maximum flavour. Reheat the cream mixture slightly and add the bloomed gelatin. Stir until the gelatin completely dissolves. For an extra citrusy note, stir in the orange zest at this stage.

Setting the Panna Cotta: The Final Act

Pour the mixture into ramekins or glasses. Let them cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until set. This patience-testing phase is key to achieving that signature panna cotta jiggle.

Serving with Elegance: The Garnish

To serve, top each panna cotta with fresh berries and a sprig of mint. The freshness of the berries complements the rich, creamy texture, making each bite a harmonious blend of flavours and textures.

Conclusion:

This Earl Grey tea panna cotta isn't just a dessert; it's a statement of elegance and flavour. It's a testament to the versatility of Earl Grey tea and its ability to transform a simple dessert into a gourmet experience.

 

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