Buttermilk panna cotta || toasted coconut & lime zest

I love to order Panna Cotta for dessert … and I was always thinking that because it is so good it must be really hard to make …. HA! They had me fooled! It is so easy! SO EASY that even on my first attempt I gave it a twist with coconut & lime [inspired by ‘Ruxbin‘]… Only drawback – it takes at least 8 hours for it to set …. Here is how it is done!

PART ONE: Gelatin – Start with 1 satchel of gelatin dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water let it set for 3-5 minutes.
PART TWO: Cream & Sugar – Gather 1 cup cream and 1/2 cups of sugar. Shove it all in a pot on medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved and then remove from heat.
PART THREE: Buttermilk & Vanilla – Add into the cream sauce the gelatin mixture until it dissolves … and then add in 2 cups of buttermilk and vanilla to taste [scraped seeds or extract] … you might want to strain to get any bits of undissolved gelatin out … but pour into 12 small dessert cups or 4 – 6 ramekins. Refrigerate over night!
PART FOUR: Coconut & Zest – Heat the oven to 380 F. Spread 1/2 packet of coconut onto a silpat sheet & add a little lime zest. Toast for 3-5 minutes until golden.
PART FIVE: Assemble & Eat – Add some additional fresh zest if you like … but most of all enjoy these creamy, crunchy and zesty desserts.

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