Let’s talk about how I just spent almost half an hour trying to pinpoint the crackling sound coming from the freezer only to realize it’s coming from a wood-wick candle I left burning on the bathroom counter.
And now my kitchen is littered with frozen food and I get to play my favorite-ever freezer game “hide the banana(s).” Except it’s not nearly as fun or dirty as it sounds and more like I really, really need to make banana bread some time in 2015.
Yikes. A. Bee.
Now (Bachelor spoiler) let’s talk about how Farmbeezy Chreezy almost totally redeemed himself this week by ditching not one but TWO girls in the Badlands and then flying away in a helicopter all double-oh-seveny!!! Those girls, though. Kelsey, though. How likely is it that she’s gonna pull a real life Gone Girl on some poor dude? I feel like VERY LIKELY is the only answer. She got that special kind of Calculated Crazy going on that you just don’t fuck around with. Super scary.
Ok, now let’s talk about panna cotta. It might seem like kind of a goofy stretch to jump from The Bachelor to Valentine’s Day, but real life, Chris and I watch The Bachelor together every week, and it’s maybe the cutest thing ever. I was so anti at first, you guys. I just didn’t get it. But I think watching it with a spouse is the way to go. It 1) makes you feel like the luckiest bastards ever, because even reality TV dating looks like the total pits, and 2) judging crazies with your boo is a super special bonding experience.
Me: Babe look, Barbie Eyes is shooting guns aaaaand riding horses. She is definitely headed for the Fantasy Suite! Buh-bye, VeeeeeCaaaaaard!!!!
Chris: Oh, definitely.
Me: OMG I LOVE YOU ALL OVER AGAIN.
So squishy romantic, I don’t even know.
So these panna cottas — we did a little his n’ hers dance because Chris likes things manly and conventional and I like things light and fluffy and Asian flavored…or something. And treating your speshul someone to their own little VDay sweet just seems kind of cute. (Little known fact: I love cute. I don’t do enough cute. See those li’l strawberry hearts? Stupid cute. I love them. Never again, but I mean kyoooot, right?)
For the His version, we’re talking about a denser, coconut cream base simply flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. Maple syrup and a warming, cinnamon-bourbon whip over the top and — BOOM — you’re sitting in a room that smells like leather looking at little ships in glass bottles. Also, there might be a hidden gun vault behind a painting of a stag. MAN. LY.
And for the Her version, sweetened strawberries are whirled with light coconut milk, kissed with fragrant sesame and topped with a bright matcha whip. It’s mousse-y and cloudlike and not at all too sweet. Plus more berries on top because pretty.
Having diplomatically eaten more than my fair share of both versions, I can attest that you can’t go wrong with either. (Ok, Chris is not a fan of sesame-flavored anything, so he might argue that you can kiiiinda go wrong with the lady ‘cotta if you’re not into that. If, on the other hand, you dig subtly sweet, kinda-savory, Japanesque desserts, your boat will be fully floated.)
Sorry I said lady ‘cotta.
And then said it again.
While I’m saying weird things, I’ll mention that we’re coconut milking all over the place, so both these guys are dairy free. Yahoo.
Ok, I’m done.
His n’ hers panna cotta, peeps!!!
Seriously, frozen bananas everywhere!!!
Happy Valentine’s Day. ♥ ♥ ♥
- 1 can coconut cream (readily available at Trader Joe's)
- 1.5 tsp gelatin
- ¼ cup packed coconut sugar
- 1.5 tsp good ground cinnamon, divided (plus more for dusting)
- 1 tsp Mexican vanilla
- good maple syrup
- ½ recipe basic coconut whip (see recipe below)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp bourbon
- Scoop coconut cream into a small saucepan and whisk over very low heat until smooth. Turn off heat and evenly sprinkle over gelatin, whisking to combine. Allow mixture to sit for 10 minutes so gelatin can bloom.
- When gelatin has bloomed, turn heat to medium low and whisk in coconut sugar; continue to whisk until gelatin and coconut sugar are mostly dissolved. DO NOT BOIL.
- Transfer warm mixture to blender. Add ½ tsp cinnamon and vanilla and blend on low speed until all ingredients are thoroughly combined and fully dissolved.
- Pour mixture into ramekins and allow to chill for 4 hours or overnight.
- To make cinnamon-bourbon whip, whisk remaining 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp bourbon into basic coconut whip.
- Top panna cotta with a drizzle of maple syrup, a dollop of cinnamon-bourbon whip and a dusting of cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy!
- heaping 1.5 cups strawberries, quartered
- 6 T coconut sugar, divided
- ¼ cup water
- 1 packet powdered gelatin
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp Mexican vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- ½ recipe basic coconut whip (see recipe below)
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- sliced strawberries and sesame seeds (white and/or black) for serving
- In a medium bowl, mix strawberries with 2 T coconut sugar and stir to combine. Set aside for at least 15 minutes to macerate. (Can also be done the night before.)
- Meanwhile, add ¼ cup cold water to a shallow bowl. Evenly sprinkle over contents of gelatin packet. Allow to sit 10 minutes to bloom.
- Transfer macerated strawberries and all accumulated juices to a high-powered blender. Add coconut milk, remaining 4 T coconut sugar, sesame oil, vanilla and pinch sea salt and blend until completely combined and smooth. Add bloomed gelatin and blend again, increasing to high speed, until very smooth and slightly frothy, about 10-15 seconds. DO NOT LET MIXTURE BOIL IN BLENDER.
- Pour into glasses or ramekins of choice and chill until set, about 4 hours or overnight.
- To make matcha whip, whisk matcha powder into basic coconut whip.
- Top panna cotta with matcha whip, sliced strawberries and sesame seeds. Enjoy!
- 1 can coconut cream (available at Trader Joe's), chilled overnight
- 2 T maple syrup (or more/less, to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch sea salt
- Scoop out contents of coconut cream into a large bowl. It will have a shortening-like consistency.
- With an electric mixer or by hand, whisk until smooth and light and fluffy in texture.
- Whisk in maple syrup, to taste, vanilla and sea salt. Adjust for sweetness, if necessary, and add additional flavorings, if desired. Use anywhere you'd use whipped cream!
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Those are adorable Emily! And sound sooo yummy. Chris was shocked (and maybe a little horrified) when I told him I have never seen the Bachelor! Also, my favorite thing to do with frozen bananas is banana blueberry pancakes!
I’m shocked, too, Alice! It’s such a fun guilty pleasure — but probably not a habit you need to form if you’ve resisted for this long. 🙂 And bread, pancakes — those bananas have got to find their way into something some time soon! I’m afraid of losing a toe to a rogue one every time I open the door!
Genious recipe! Will be able to eat panna cotta again + with coconut whip and matcha is just naughty! Thank you so much 🙂
You’re so welcome, Joana! We can’t have you going without! 😉
Bahahaha I love this so much. “For the His version, we’re talking about a denser, coconut cream base simply flavored with vanilla and cinnamon. Maple syrup and a warming, cinnamon-bourbon whip over the top and — BOOM — you’re sitting in a room that smells like leather looking at little ships in glass bottles. Also, there might be a hidden gun vault behind a painting of a stag. MAN. LY.” = I’m not sure food writing can get any better than this. These look soooso good, Em!!!
That’s me, food writer extraordinaire! I really aim for prose that brings a tear to the eye, don’t I? 😉 Hope you and B2 had the loveliest Valentine’s Day, Cynthia! <3 <3 <3
SWEETS from the sweets savory lover around. I love this so so much and the his n hers descriptions were amaze!! <3 hope you guys had an awesome vday filled with tons of Bachelor talk. xo
Thanks Alana! There was so much Bachelor talk, it was the mooshiest. 🙂 <3
Do you think this would work subbing agar agar for the gelatin?
Hi Steffany! You know, I’ve never used agar agar so I can’t say for sure (sorry!), but if you give it a shot, I’d love to hear how it turns out!
tried this today after buying a whole flat of berries at the farmers market (oops). it didn’t quite set up (my fault because i didn’t have enough gelatin in my house and was too lazy to go to another store when i struck out at the first place), but i loved the flavor! it was really sesame-y on the first bite, but then the strawberry kicked in on the second and the mix was so delicious.
Hey Heather! So glad you liked the flavor! My husband I s not a huge fan of sesame, so I feel like I was testing these over and over in kind of a vacuum. (Tough job, I know…) Gelatin is kinda goofy stuff, too, so sometimes you can kinda wing it and sometimes you can’t. Sounds like you ended up with maybe more of a pudding? Not a bad thing! Thanks for checking ’em out!