Panna cotta with peaches is exquisitely creamy and smooth. Made with heavy cream, yogurt, honey, fresh peaches, and a little bit of lemon thyme, it’s refreshing and oh so lush.
This panna cotta with peaches recipe features a soft pudding-like base mixed with almond and honey that’s topped with peaches that have been infused with lemon thyme.–The Editors of Gourmet
DO I HAVE TO UNMOLD PANNA COTTA?
Here’s what the awesome editors of Gourmet, God rest its soul, had to say about the eternally perplexing question of whether or not to unmold panna cotta: “The translation from Italian—cooked cream—doesn’t begin to convey how luscious the gently gelled sweet cream mixture called panna cotta is. The amount of gelatin determines how tender the results will be. If you don’t plan to unmold the dessert, you can play a bit with the gelatin, lowering it to a point where the panna cotta is set so softly that it holds its shape on a spoon but dissolves into a puddle on your tongue, like this one. If you want to try unmolded versions, be sure to lightly oil your molds first and chill the panna cotta well, at least 6 hours. When it’s time to turn them out, dip each mold for about 10 seconds in a bowl of warm water, then dry off the bottom before inverting it onto a plate.” We say just use pretty bowls and grab a spoon.
Panna Cotta With Peaches
This panna cotta with peaches recipe features a soft pudding-like base mixed with almond and honey that’s topped with peaches that have been infused with lemon thyme.
Make the panna cotta
Sprinkle the gelatin over the water in a small heavy saucepan and let it stand for 1 minute to soften. Stir in the cream and salt, then heat gently over medium-low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove from the heat.
In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey, and almond extract, then whisk that into the cream mixture.
Pour the mixture into 4 small bowls, cover, and refrigerate until set, at least 6 to 8 hours and up to 3 days.
Make the peaches
Just before serving, mince the lemon thyme with the sugar on a cutting board. Plop the peaches in a large bowl, sprinkle with the sugared thyme, and toss. Let the peaches rest at room temperature, stirring them and their juices occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Assemble the panna cotta with peaches
While the peaches macerate in their juices, remove the panna cotta from the refrigerator, uncover, and let stand at room temperature.
Don’t unmold the panna cotta. Instead, simply top each bowl of panna cotta with some of the peaches and juice. Drizzle with additional honey, if desired.
Serving: 1servingCalories: 427kcal (21%)Carbohydrates: 36g (12%)Protein: 9g (18%)Fat: 29g (45%)Saturated Fat: 18g (113%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 105mg (35%)Sodium: 128mg (6%)Potassium: 297mg (8%)Fiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 32g (36%)Vitamin A: 1618IU (32%)Vitamin C: 12mg (15%)Calcium: 134mg (13%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
Originally published July 18, 2014