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Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce Panna Cotta (Italian for "cooked cream") is a delicious, smooth, custard-like dessert. The description I gave my husband (who had never heard of panna cotta) was that it's like a cross between jello and pudding. One of my favorite things about panna cotta is that it can be flavored and dressed countless ways. I've had delicious variations that were flavored with orange, lemon, and as I'm sharing today, blueberry. I'm sure you'll be seeing a few more variations from me soon, as I had forgotten until recently how delicious and refreshing panna cotta can be. Yogurt Panna Cotta Adapted from Italian Food Forever 3/4 cups skim milk* 1/2 cup heavy cream* 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4- 1/3 cups honey (or sugar) 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (I used non fat) *I used both skim milk and heavy cream because that's what I had on hand, you can use all skim milk (a total of 1 1/4 cups, 2% milk, or whole milk) Directions ~ 1. Place 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl and sprinkle the packet of gelatin on top. Set aside while the gelatin becomes moist. 2. In a saucepan, warm the remaining 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup of cream until simmering, but not a full boil. 3. Add vanilla and 1/4 cup of honey, stir and (carefully) taste. If you would like, add a bit more honey. (I used 1/3 cup total) 4. Add the bowl of gelatin, and whisk until the gelatin has fully dissolved into the hot milk mixture. 5. Remove pan from heat, and stir in 2 cups greek yogurt. Stir until fully combined. 6. Pour final mixture into small glasses, bowls, or ramekins. Place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours. The panna cotta will keep well for 2 days. (Make sure they are covered, and that there are no strong odors in your refrigerator to absorb) *If you are making the blueberry sauce (as shown), I added a bit of blueberry sauce into the bottom of each glass, and let it set a bit before adding the panna cotta. When you pour in the panna cotta, pour very gently and slowly at first, to not displace the sauce too much. Fill your glasses or dishes about 3/4 full with panna cotta, then put in the refrigerator to set. Top with a little additional blueberry sauce and fresh blueberries before serving (or anytime after the panna cotta has set). Blueberry Sauce *This is what I used, but there are about a thousand different ways to dress panna cotta. Feel free to experiment. 1/2 cup good quality blueberry jam (I like Trader Joe's store brand) 3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (if using fresh, add about 1 Tablespoon water) Warm jam and blueberries in a small sauce pan. Mix until fully combined and hot. Allow to cool slightly before using. This yogurt panna cotta could be a delicious treat for breakfast, or as a cool and refreshing dessert. Enjoy! You might also like: {Recipe} Cream Cheese Pie Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes {Recipe} American Buttercream Frosting {Recipe} LinkWithin Posted by Glory at 11:22 AM 19 comments Labels: Recipes Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Monday, January 9, 2012 Sweet Heart Cupcakes The title of this post has a bit of a double meaning... this post is about these sweet, heart cupcakes, but it's also about A sweetheart! I first saw this creative cupcake idea on Just Jenn Recipes several years ago. I made them a couple times pre-blog and I had this idea on my "future post ideas" list for this year. Then, last week Kristan of Confession of a Cookbook Queen posted an utterly delicious looking cherry frosting and I knew it would be the perfect filling for these sweet treats. Kristan also recently mentioned that she has become a "Valentine's person"... it may have something to do with wanting gifts of candy and flowers, but we wont mention that to her hubby. So, when I knew Kristan's birthday was on it's way (it's today!), I thought these would be the perfect cupcakes to send her (virtual) birthday wishes! Although I've been reading Confessions of a Cookbook Queen for quite some time, I was first able to meet Kristan last spring at the Wilton Blogger's Workshop. Then, this past fall on my drive to Cookie Camp, we made a stop off in Kristan's hometown for a visit. Kristan is just as sweet, funny and beautiful as her blog and I feel lucky to count her a friend! Happy Birthday Kristan! Now let's have a cupcake! These fun cupcakes are quite easy to create! First, bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes. I used my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, but feel free to use any recipe or box mix you prefer. The only special instructions would be to make sure to fill the liners just a bit more than you might normally (about 1/2 inch below the top of the liner), because you need to have a bit of a dome above the top edge of the liners. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare of batch of delicious Cherry Frosting. You can use the recipe below, or you could use my simple American Buttercream, or Cream Cheese frosting, and simply tint it pink with some food coloring. Canned (pre-made) frosting would work fine for these as well. Maraschino Cherry Frosting 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 4 cups powdered sugar 4 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries pinch of salt Directions~ 1. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat butter until smooth. 2. With the mixer running, Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, one cup at a time. 3. Add 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice, one tablespoon at a time. 4. Continue beating, and add the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, and chopped maraschino cherries. If desired, add a drop of pink food coloring (I used Americolor electric pink). 5. Beat until fully combined. Refrigerate until ready to use. Recipe source- Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Heart Cutout Cupcake Assembly (idea source- Just Jenn Recipes) 1. Use a serrated knife to cut off the top of the cupcake, using the top of the cupcake liner as a guide. 2. Use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape from the cupcake dome. 3. Spread frosting onto the cupcake base, in a mounded shape. 4. If desired, sprinkle the cupcake dome with powdered sugar. Place top back on cupcake and press down a bit. Share these sweet treats with someone you love! Several other bakers have created special birthday treats for Kristan, be sure to check them out! Cookies and Cups Sweet Sugar Belle Baking in Heels Bakingdom LilaLoa Sprinkle Bakes You might also like: Valentine's Sweets, Treats and Ideas Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes {Recipe} Chocolate Rolled Cookies {Recipe} LinkWithin Posted by Glory at 5:00 AM 64 comments Labels: Cupcakes, Recipes, Valentine's Day Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Friday, January 6, 2012 Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip {Recipe} In my opinion, beautifully prepared food is always more appealing than food that is haphazardly served. For me, this is especially true when I'm trying to eat a bit healthier. If I still get to enjoy beautiful food, and hopefully a few sweet things too, I don't feel deprived. This delicious Strawberry yogurt fruit dip is sweet and delicious and is a great choice as a snack or light dessert. Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese (regular or reduced fat) 1- 6 oz container Strawberry yogurt 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen- I used frozen) 1/2 cup marshmallow cream (sometimes labeled marshmallow fluff) Finely chop/blend frozen (thawed) strawberries in a food processor or food chopper. You could also do this by hand if needed, although in that case I would suggest chopping them while still partly frozen. If chopping by hand, chop on a paper plate, or something to catch the extra juice, so you can use that too. Using a stand mixer, or hand mixer, beat cream cheese until fully smooth. Add strawberry yogurt and blend until smooth. Add chopped strawberries (with juice). Add marshmallow cream. Blend until fully combined. Put dip in the refrigerator to set up for at least 30 minutes. Serve with fresh fruit of your choice. Dip will keep well in the refrigerator for 2 days. Recipe Source- My version of a recipe found in A Little Taste of Heaven, by Philadelphia brand cream cheese, 2001. Create a beautiful fruit platter to serve your family, or take to a party. For a more formal affair, you can create beautiful individual fruit plates (as shown below) using mini dessert dishes (these are Libby brand, bought at Target) and place the fruit on small wooden skewers. Enjoy! You might also like: Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe Aloha Smoothies Taste the Rainbow... Jello! LinkWithin Posted by Glory at 10:03 AM 21 comments Labels: Lighter treats, Quick and Easy, Recipes, Summer Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Tuesday, January 3, 2012 Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe Let's start the year off right... with chocolate! As many of us adjust our eating habits a bit, this simple treat could be the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth without falling off the wagon entirely. Mix this delicious chocolate syrup into a glass of skim milk, and you have a sweet, yet still light treat. I love when I can re-create a recipe at home that is as good or better than the store-bought version, and this homemade chocolate syrup makes the cut! I have recently had a hard time finding store bought chocolate syrup that doesn't contain overly processed sugars (high fructose corn syrup), preservatives and artificial flavors. A simple look in my old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook revealed an easy recipe that sounded like it could be a great solution. Of course the real test is, does it actually taste good... and I'm very pleased to say, yes! In fact the flavor and thickness of this homemade syrup is extremely similar to that familiar brown bottle of Hershey's. I would even go so far as to say this taste better! Homemade Chocolate Syrup 1 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Ghirardelli) 1 cup water dash of salt 1 teaspoon vanilla In a small saucepan, add sugar, cocoa, and salt. Whisk together gently. Add water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Cool. Store in the refrigerator. For delicious chocolate milk, add 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup to 8 oz. of milk. Heat for hot chocolate. For milk shakes, combine 1 cup cold milk, 1/4 cup chocolate syrup and 2 cups (1 pint) of vanilla ice cream to a blender. Blend. This syrup would also make a delicious dessert garnish or ice cream topping. Recipe source- Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 1968. I put the cool syrup into a icing bottle I already had on hand (available at craft stores in the cake decorating department). A bottle designed for ketchup or dressing could also work. {Prop notes: The large bottle I have the milk in I bought from Cost Plus World Market, but they are also sold at Farmhouse Wares. The smaller bottles I put the chocolate milk in I bought on Etsy a while back, and the shop is no longer open. I also own a few I've bought at antique stores and on Ebay. Shop Sweet Lulu has some similar, smaller ones.} Enjoy! You might also like: S'mores Pops Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip {Recipe} Delicious Chocolate Mousse {Recipe} LinkWithin Posted by Glory at 2:11 PM 40 comments Labels: Chocolate, Lighter treats, Quick and Easy, Recipes Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Older Posts Home Subscribe to: Posts (Atom) Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... Foodieblogroll Pages Home Recipes Cookie decorating Cupcake decorating Parties Crafts and How-to's Featured About Me F.A.Q. 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