No secret that I love a pannacotta – all that silky wobbliness makes them irresistible to me. They are also on of the easiest puds to whip up and the fact they need to be made ahead of time only adds to their appeal. I love knowing that pudding is already made and sitting patiently in the fridge, a tick on the to do list.
So far I’ve given you Vanilla Pannacotta with Blackcurrants (July 2014), a Summer regular for sure and possibly my children’s favourite incarnation. Some good vanilla along with the slight tang of the yogurt is heaven and amazing with heady blackcurrants. You can of course use which ever soft fruits are at the best or indeed the rhubarb that follows with this recipe. The Cinnamon Pannacotta with Maple Syrup Apples (June 2015) makes me think of Autumn, crunchy leaves, mulled cider and bonfires.
Time for a new kid on the block and this is it. For ages I have been tinkering with the idea of a rosemary scented pudding. I couldn’t help but feel that the woody, herbaceous note would work well with a creamy base and in fact a rosemary ice cream is definitely on the agenda come the Summer. More than that though, whilst I use piles of herbs in savoury dishes I thought I might be overlooking them in a sweet context.
Here we are then. The rosemary adds a delicate flavour, one of those you can’t immediately place, and works a proper treat with the rhubarb. I love rhubarb, am always looking for different ways to use it and this is my current favourite. Heady with orange (actually tangerine) zest and juice it brings a wallop of flavour to the gently, soft pannacotta.
Rosemary Pannacotta with Rhubarb
200ml whole milk
100ml single cream
100ml Greek yogurt
60g caster sugar
A sprig of rosemary around the same size as the one in the photograph above
2 gelatine leaves
250g rhubarb, chopped into pieces
25-35g caster sugar
Zest and juice of an orange (or tangerine)
Put the gelatine in a bowl of cold water to soften. Heat the milk, cream, sugar and rosemary until it just reaches boiling point. Remove from the heat and add the squeezed out gelatine, whisk well and leave to cool and infuse, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the yogurt and divide between 4 ramekins or small metal moulds. Put into the fridge for at least 4 hours to set. Meanwhile cook the rhubarb with the zest, juice and 25g sugar either in a pan or if the oven is on put it in there. It doesn’t take very long but I wouldn’t put the oven on just for this. When soft and juicy have a taste, you might need some or all of the extra 10g of sugar, then leave to cool. To serve, dip each ramekin briefly into hot water before turning out onto a plate and serving with a spoonful of the rhubarb. Serves 4.