While traveling in South America I decided to make strawberry panna cotta for the first time. I made a large batch (as pictured) so I will explain how to scale down the recipe.
750 mL of heavy whipping cream
1 cup granulated sugar (you can add more or less, depending on your sweet tooth)
2 lbs strawberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 packets of unflavored gelatin (approximately 21g)
8 tablespoons of cold water
*to scale down divide everything by 2
In a large bowl add the 8 tablespoons of cold water and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow to sit until the gelatin dissolves into a large blob.
Finely chop 1lb of strawberries and place into a sauce pan. Add the 1 cup of granulated sugar and mix well. Turn on the stove on high heat and allow the sugar and strawberries to come together for 2-3 minutes. You want the sugar to draw out the sweetness of the strawberries. Add the heavy cream to the compote and allow to come to a mild boil while stirring continuously. You want the mixture to be warm enough to melt the sugar, and later the gelatin. Once the mixture is nice and hot (but not at a full boil), remove from heat. Using a handheld mixer, blend the mix to remove big chunks of strawberries. Pour this mixture onto the gelatin and mix until gelatin is dissolved. Pour the panna cotta into your desired bowl- it’s easiest to pour into small dessert bowls or champagne glasses (presentation is very important). Try to make a clean pour so the sides of your glass/bowl don’t get stained with the panna cotta (again, presentation is important). Place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
note: when you remove from the refrigerator condensation will form along the glass flutes or the bowl. Using a paper towel to carefully remove the condensation drops! 🙂
Vertically slice the remaining strawberries and place into a bowl. Add the sugar and uniformly mix into the strawberries. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the sugar to draw out the juices from the strawberries- about 1 hour. Garnish your panna cotta with the compote for a beautiful presentation and voila!