Dessert can be delicious and sinful at the same time. Beautiful to look at and admire but a bit dangerous some may say for the waistline. All in moderation I say. I believe dessert can be soothing, relaxing, comforting, and for me…is the whole point of the meal. You can’t very well sit down and eat a rich buttercream filled chocolate cake all by yourself or a bag of chocolate chip cookies in one day. Eating veggies, drinking plenty of water and of course exercising is important for anyone but even more vital when you have any kind of health issue.
That being said, there are times you crave something simple and sweet to unwind from a long week of work or another senseless fight with your significant other. This creamy Italian dessert contains Lavender which is used in many things such as candles, lotions and body mists to calm the mind, sooth the senses and relax the body.
At first, my family was skeptical about actually ingesting Lavender as a tea let alone in a dessert but once they tasted this they were hooked. This dessert is not only very easy to make, but it’s like a blank canvas you can add any flavoring to it that you desire.
Lavender Panna Cotta w/Strawberry Coulis (serves 4)
1/2 tsp dried lavender or a lavender teabag
1 cup light cream
1 cup whole milk (cold)
1 tsp unflavored gelatin 3tb sugar or 4 packets Splenda
Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold milk and let it sit for a few minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom. Meanwhile, heat the cream with the lavender and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for a minute. Remove from heat and let the tea steep in the cream for a couple of minutes. Strain the lavender leaves out or just throw away the teabag and whisk the cold milk and gelatin into the hot cream. Make sure the gelatin dissolves completely or else there may be setting issues. Divide the mixture into 4 small porcelain ramekins or disposable ramekins and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm to the touch.
For the Strawberry Coulis
1 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries
1/3 cup sugar1 tablespoon lemon juice
In a saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let it cool then transfer to a blender. Puree until smooth, strain and then drizzle a little over the panna cotta. NOTE: If you want to make it easier on yourself, you can use strawberry syrup to drizzle over it or even chocolate syrup and enjoy!