Written By Guest Writer Dessert / Edibles / Recipes Jul 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestStory and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful fruit, and so many ways to enjoy it, especially since we are extremely fortunate on Vancouver Island to have multiple local farms producing the sweet berry.One of the recipes that goes best with strawberries is panna cotta, a dessert of Italian origin that is easy to make. Its texture is incredibly smooth and creamy and it is often served in restaurants as a delicacy. Like a small masterpiece, the panna cotta is removed from its cup, placed in the centre of a plate, and covered with berries and their syrup. Here I propose a homemade option in little pots, covered with balsamic roasted strawberries and sprinkled with basil sugar. Perfect for any dinner you are hosting or for bringing to a summer potluck. It will certainly be a big hit! Panna CottaMakes 4 cups¼ cup warm water2½ tsp unflavoured gelatin2 cups plain whole-milk Greek yogurt½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped2 cups heavy cream, divided¼ cup white monk fruit sweetenerJuice of ½ freshly squeezed organic lemon Place the water in a small bowl and add the gelatin, stirring quickly. Set aside for about 10 minutes.In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vanilla extract, and one cup of the cream. Set aside as well.In a small saucepan, bring the remaining cream and sweetener to a low heat. Gently stir in the water-gelatin mixture; it will dissolve as you stir. Remove from the heat when well combined.Whisk this cream mixture into the yogurt mixture, then stir in the lemon juice at the end.Pour the mixture into small cups and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results. Roasted Strawberries300 g strawberries, washed in cold water and hulled¼ cup white balsamic vinegar1 Tbsp pure maple syrupPinch of saltPinch of pepper Adjust oven rack to the middle position and preheat to 375°F (190°C). Cut each strawberry in half and place in a mixing bowl. Add the balsamic vinegar, syrup, salt and pepper, and stir gently to combine. Place the strawberries, in a single layer, in a baking dish that can hold the juices.Place in the oven and roast for 30 minutes until the berries are tender and soaked in bright red juice.Once cooked, remove from the oven and let berries cool down. Serve over the panna cotta along with a drizzle of the baking dish juices. Basil Sugar½ cup white monk fruit sweetener¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves1 Tbsp lemon zest Process sweetener, basil, and zest in a mini food processor until basil is fully incorporated into sweetener. Refrigerate covered until ready to use. berriesDessertpanna cottarecipestrawberries SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored July 18, 2017 Summer’s Ice Cream wishes you a Happy National Ice Cream Month! This month, dessert lovers across Canada will be raising their bowls and waffle cones in delicious recognition of NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH, with ... Read More Dessert / Recipes June 26, 2017 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Lemon Meringue Pie Lip-smacking looks and punchy lemon flavour result in a seriously delicious gluten and dairy-free dessert. If you’re not up for making a ... Read More Dessert / Recipes February 28, 2016 Sunday Baking Project Recipe selection for you Sunday baking project: Broma Bakery’s White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Fresh Blueberries. These cookies are ... Read More Beverage / Dessert / Main course / Recipes December 4, 2015 A main course, dessert and a cider float using local apples Autumn has officially arrived and so has apple season! One of the most cultivated fruits; the apples bears a bountiful harvest. A diverse fruit in ... Read More Dessert / Main course / Recipes September 23, 2015 Sweet and Savoury Galettes: Free-Form Rustic Tarts If there’s one thing I love about the end of summer, it’s harvest-time. The trees are ripe with fruit and the gardens are bursting from ... Read More Comments are closed.