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…

Happy Easter!
Show and Tell ~ Homemade Chocolate Bunnies and Treasure Box Eggs

Happy Easter, friends!
I hope you're enjoying the day and are feeling blessed!

I haven't been online much lately.  At this time of year, I get especially kid-centered, so I've been spending extra time reading to my girls, snuggling, having adventures, and devising sweet surprises for them for Easter day.  Even though I'm juggling work and school into the mix, I'm grateful to have found the time to create some whimsical treats:  Solid Chocolate Bunnies and Polka Dot Chocolate Treasure Eggs...

I posted a tutorial a few years ago.
I'll be adding a few tips and new techniques shortly.  
(You can find the DIY post by clicking HERE)

I started by molding the egg halves and bunnies.
I use the Wilton Easter Egg Candy Mold Set and a vintage bunny mold. 

Then I filled the eggs with jellybeans and fuzzy chicks.  The small eggs got chenille chicks and the big egg (for my girls) contained plush chick finger puppets from Folkmanis.   

Then I sealed the boxes with melted chocolate, wrapped them up in cello bags, and embellished with ribbon and vintage millinery flowers.

I made the bunnies to fill the time in between egg castings.
I used trimmed mini cupcake liners for their collars.

Don't they look dapper? 

What have you been up to?

Be sure to drop in next week.
I'll be sharing another fabulous craft book review and giveaway and have more fun crafts and recipes to share.

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