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

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

Snowman Bagels ~ An Adorable & Easy Holiday Party Food for Kids




Quick, Easy, Adorable, and Delicious...


Snowman bagels are a fun little project to have in your repetoire when planning for kid-friendly snacks for the classroom or holiday celebration.  Everything you need can be picked up from the grocery store and they come together in the wink of a snowman's eye.  Kids have fun making them too!



Snowman Bagels
Makes 24

  • 1 dozen mini bagels
  • 16 oz. whipped cream cheese
  • 1 can large pitted California Black Olives
  • 24 baby carrots

Step 1:  Cut the bagels in half

Step 2:  Spread with cream cheese

Step 3:  Insert carrot nose

Step 4:  Chop olives in small squares for the mouth and in large squares for eyes (I used a pair of kitchen shears to get the nice round shape).  

Step 5:  Put eyes and mouth pieces in place.

Step 6:  Serve 


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