Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apricot Gelée

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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

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Personalized Fabric Mason Jar Label Tutorial


Summer fruit and vegetables are at their peak!  Will you be making jam, jelly, preserves or pickles to put up for the winter or give as gifts?  If so, here's an easy tutorial for making personalized fabric labels for your mason jars.


Of course, the technique of using your home printer and a roll of freezer paper to print on fabric is nothing new.   I didn't invent it.  This tutorial shows how to use the popular technique to make custom labels that will give your canned goods an extra touch of charm.

Fabric Mason Jar Labels
-with printable fabric DIY-
(makes 4 labels)

1 12"x 18" sheet of Freezer Paper
(Can be purchased in the food wrap section of grocery stores)

1 piece of fabric, slightly larger than the freezer paper sheet
(I use inexpensive drop-cloth from the hardware store)

Label template - Download HERE
(the frame came courtesy of The Graphics Fairy)

Ribbon or jute


Step 1:  Iron fabric on dry setting to remove any wrinkles.  Place freezer paper on top of fabric, shiny side down.  With iron set on medium, dry, iron paper until it adheres to fabric.  The result is fairly instantaneous.


Step 2:  Lay a piece of printer paper on top of the fused paper as a template and trace with a pencil.  Repeat.  You'll be able to get two 8.5" x 11" sheets.


Step 3:  Use sharp scissors to cut along the inside of the pencil line.  You now have two sheets of printable fabric.

 

Step 4:  Insert in your printer so that the fabric side will receive the ink.  Personalize the label template in MS Word. ( I used the word art function and the Pea Johanna Script font from Kevin & Amanda).  Print.  Repeat with second sheet.


Step 5:  Cut out the labels along the line with sharp scissors or pinking shears. 


Normally, when printing on fabric, the next step is to peel off the freezer paper.  However, for this application, I like to leave the freezer paper on.  It gives the fabric a more rigid structure that makes it form and fold over the mason jar lid nicely. The peach preserves below are wrapped with the label where I kept the paper on (and used pinking shears).  You can see the way the label on the strawberry jam, where I peeled the paper off, has a softer more frayed look.  You can do it either way depending on the desired look.


Step 6:  Tie the fabric label in place with a piece of ribbon or jute twine.

 
You can find my recipe for Vanilla Bean Peach Preserves HERE 

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