Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apricot Gelée

Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert of silky, sweetened cream set with gelatin, is all at once simple, classic and elegant.  It is, at its best, subtle, not overly sweet, and the perfect way to end a meal on a light and refreshing note.
Panna cotta comes together quickly and can be molded in any type of vessels you choose -- from ramekins to demitasse, martini glasses to mason jars.  I like to compliment my panna cotta with a thin layer of gelée -- a gelatin stabilized glaze made from fresh fruit.  Apricots are in season right now, and are bursting with summer sweetness, so I chose to do an apricot gelée.  You can use my recipe with any type of fruit you'd like.  
Here are some photos of panna cottas I've made in the past with a variety of gelées and vessels:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Honey Gelée and Bee Pollen
Lemon Panna Cotta, no gelée
Meyer-Lemon Panna Cotta, Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelee

I like to decorate my desserts with edible flowers, especially in summer and springtime. My theme fo…


Rook No. 17 was there to check out the first trunk show from Sprout Boutique. They have a wonderful selection of unique apparel and gift items for babies and toddlers. Have you experienced the new fabrics being spun from Bamboo? Yes, bamboo, that stuff that Pandas eat. This new fabric is simply incredible! It has the softness of silk, but with excellent washability and durability ~ a dream fabric for children's clothing. Sprout Boutique is carrying an exceptional line of chic bamboo clothes from Kicky Pants.

Sprout Boutique is now carrying the following product lines:
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Check out the Kicky Pants Spring line: (No pandas were harmed or malnourished in the making of these oh-so-cute clothes).

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