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…

BACK-TO-SCHOOL GIVEAWAY -- Adorable Egg & Sushi Rice Molds

I hope you've enjoyed the past two weeks of BACK-TO-SCHOOL features at Rook No. 17.  Yesterday, I introduced the concept of the LUNCH LAUNCH PARTY -- like a cookie-exchange, but with healthy foods geared toward a child's lunchbox.  

I love using these molds and this
sweet little Kawaii bunny is one of my favorites!
Speaking of school lunches, hard-boiled eggs make a great high-protein snack to pack in your child's lunchbox. Have you seen these adorable Egg/Sushi Molds making their way around the blogosphere? These little plastic molds easily transform a simple hard-boiled egg or sushi-rice ball in to a charming treat. Simply boil your eggs, peel while still hot, and enclose inside the molds. Chill, then serve!

An egg shaped as a car --
WholePort has generously offered to give TWO lucky Rook No. 17 followers a set of molds of their choice.  If you're a crafter or baker, you'll want to check out WholePort. They have an incredible selection of craft, sewing, art and baking supplies at terrific prices. 

Earlier this month I entered their "Creativity Expo" with my Shabby Chic Mob Cap Shower Cap Tutorial.  Did you see it?  You can check out the tutorial HERE, and if you're so inclined, "LIKE" it HERE to vote for my project in their contest.


Mandatory to enter:
1.  Follow Rook No. 17 and leave a comment saying that you:
2.  "LIKE" WholePort on Facebook and say hello on their wall -- or --
3.  "FOLLOW" WholePort on Twitter

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each):
1.  "LIKE" Rook No. 17 on Facebook
2.  "FOLLOW" Rook No. 17 on Twitter
3.  Tweet about the giveaway:  Have you seen the adorable egg/sushi molds being given away at Rook No. 17?

TWO lucky winners will be drawn at random using on Thursday, August 18 at midnight PST.

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