I made this for a friend’s birthday. This was my first time cooking with lavender or making panna cotta. Now knowing how easy panna cotta is to make, I will never be able to bring myself to pay for it at a restaurant. It’s basically milk jello with whatever flavor you want to add (although, the flavor usually is something fancy). This was really good and easy, and makes people think you can make highfalutin desserts!
1/2 0.25-ounce package of powdered gelatin, about 1 1/2 teaspoons
2 tablespoons cold water
1 cup half and half or cream
1/4 cup wildflower honey
1 teaspoon dried lavender
1 cup milk
Strawberries or other berries, to serve
In a small bowl sprinkle the gelatin over the 2 tablespoons of water and let soften for at least 5 minutes. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan heat the cream, honey, and dried lavender to a light simmer then turn off the heat. Whisk to incorporate all the honey evenly, then strain into a mixing bowl. Whisk in the gelatin. Whisk for at least a minute to make sure it is very evenly distributed and that no lumps remain. Whisk in the milk.
Pour into the ramekins, and put in the fridge to set. The panna cotta will need at least 2 hours to set; we prefer to wait at least 4, especially if the puddings will be unmolded.
To unmold lightly run a knife around the edge of the chilled pudding and invert onto a chilled plate. Garnish with sliced strawberries and serve.