I went to the doctors recently and was told that I needed to eat more fruit…that I needed to ease off the sweets. So I do what any foodie would do in a situation like mine. I went to the markets. Picked up the fruits that were on sale. Then ate them with dessert! Don’t judge me…some habits are hard to break. This Orange Scented Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta is one of the three…the other two needs some tweaking but will be up next week!
The last orange recipe I made had no oranges in it. Sorry about that…consider this my redemption. If you made the orange blossom hot chocolate then you would understand…orange and cream is a match made in foodie heaven. Well, that recipe was foreplay…this is full-on, unsolicited, hardcore…erm…you get the idea. Flavors hit you like…Boom! Creamy! Salty Crunch! Citrus! Spices! ORANGE EXPLOSION WITH EVERY BITE!!!…..Actually, now that I think about it, it’s a pretty velvety smooth dessert. Softcore? Please disregard the previous statements.
Orange Scented Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta tastes exactly like you think it does…but better. The panna cotta has a hint of citrus from the orange blossom water but not enough to make this dessert one dimensional (ie. too orange-y). The oranges are segmented to remove the bitterness and give this dish a little color.
Now…why is there whipped cream? Isn’t that too much creaminess for a single plate?…Um, NO! Everything looks and tastes better with whip…EVERYTHING! Feel free to email me if you have a different opinion, I am prepared to debate this until I die (most likely from overdosing on whip). Plus, this isn’t just regular whip…this is cinnamon spiced cream whipped to perfection (fancy way of saying that I tossed in some cinnamon powder). Seriously though, the panna cotta has a jello like consistency and is complimented beautifully by the whip. As for the salted almonds…it’s the perfect finish! That salty crunch makes it all come together flawlessly!