In Italian, panna cotta means "cooked cream," but the persimmon purée outshines the cream in this dish.
The fruit ripens in the fall, and if you freeze the purée in individual portions, you can enjoy it through the winter. While Bread pudding is the traditional way to enjoy persimmons, this panna cotta gives you another tasty use for "the fruit of the gods."
This recipe is especially handy if you're looking for something light for the end of your meal. Since it is thickened with gelatin and not eggs, it's lighter than a custard or Crème brûlée.
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cups persimmon purée
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Sweet Seasons Spice Blend
- Pinch salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon gelatin powder
- 1/3 cup water
- Heat heavy cream, persimmon puree, sugar, cinnamon, sweet seasons and salt and pepper together. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat.
- Strain persimmon cream mixture through a china cap (or mesh strainer).
- Meanwhile, allow gelatin powder to bloom in water for approx. 5 minutes. Then warm gelatin mixture over warm water.
- Add to persimmon cream, whisking to make sure gelatin is completely incorporated.
- Portion into individual cups and place in refrigerator to set.