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Panna Cotta with Spiced Pear
Total 2 hours and 35 minutes (includes cooling time)
Active 30 mins
Makes 6 servings
  • Panna Cotta
    • 2 cups half-and-half
    • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin (two .25-ounce packets)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup buttermilk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Spiced Pear Topping
    • 1 tablespoon salted butter
    • 1 bosc pear, peeled, cored and diced small
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a large saucepan, bloom the gelatin by sprinkling it evenly over the half-and-half. Quickly stir to combine and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Gently warm the gelatin mixture over medium-low heat just until the gelatin dissolves, but the milk does not boil, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar, reduce the heat to low, and stir just until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. You don’t want the mixture to get too warm.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the heavy cream and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Let cool slightly, 5 minutes.
  5. Add the buttermilk and vanilla bean paste.
  6. Pour into six 6-ounce glasses of your choice and chill in the refrigerator until firm, 1 to 2 hours.
  7. For the pear topping: In a medium nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the pear and sugar and cook until the pear is just softened, about 2 minutes. The goal is to keep some of the crunch from the pear, so we’re left with a nice texture.
  8. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Cook until the flavors meld, 1 minute. Let cool slightly, 5 minutes.
  9. Serve the panna cotta topped with the spiced pears.