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…

How to Make Adorable Pompom Easter Chicks from Adventures in Pompom Land (DIY, Review & Giveaway)

I LOVE making cute things!
Do you LOVE making cute things?


If you're a fan of the sweet, the fuzzy,
the soft, the cuddly, the diminutive
and the adorable,
You're going to LOVE
(new this March from Lark Crafts)


Later in the post I'm going to show you how to make this sweet little chick.  At the end, you can enter to win your own copy of Adventures in Pompom Land. But first, let me tempt you with some of the other incredible step-by-step projects from Adventures in Pompom Land:

 Pompom Mouse

Don't ewe love it?
Pompom Lamb

A Pompom Pony and
A Huggable Hedgehog!

There's an Elephant, Snowy Owl, Fox, Bunny and many more!
Where does the cuteness end?
(The last page of the book, page 128) 

 Spring Chick
(adapted from the Yellow Chick & Bluebird projects in Adventures in Pompom Land) 

  • 100% wool yarn (yellow) 
  • 5"x3" piece of heavy cardboard, wrapped in packing tape
  • sharp scissors
  • waxed twine
  • small square of orange felt for the beak
  • 2 black glass or plastic eyes (10 or 12 mm)
  • 2 long sewing or floral pins
  • wire cutters
  • 24" 18 gauge floral wire
  •  yellow or orange embroidery floss
  • Tacky glue 
  • a small millinery flower

Step 1:  Make the pompom for the head by winding the yarn around the cardboard sleeve approx. 115 times.  Slide off of the sleeve, tie tightly in the middle with waxed twine, then cut the loops. 

Step 2:  Using sharp scissors, begin trimming the pompom into a 1.5" ball.

Step 3:  Make a pompom for the body by winding the yarn around the cardboard sleeve approx. 150 times. Slide off of the sleeve, tie tightly in the middle with waxed twine, then cut the loops.

Step 4:  Using sharp scissors, trim the pompom into an egg shape, roughly 3" from end to end.  Leave a tuft of yarn a little longer on the tapered end for the tail feathers.

Step 5:  Put a nickel-sized amount of tacky glue where you want the head.  Tack head into place with long pins until dry.  

Step 6:  Part the yarn and put dabs of tacky glue where you want to place the eyes.  Insert eyes.  Cut a small diamond of orange felt for the beak.  Fold, then part the yarn where you want the beak to be.  Glue in place.

Step 7:  Make legs by cutting wire into (8) 3" pieces.  Take four pieces of wire, hold them together and lightly coat the bundle with glue.  Working from top to bottom, wind the embroidery floss tightly and uniformly around the wires.  Stop approximately 1" from the bottom.  Bend each of the four wires out at a 90 degree angle to make individual toes.  Three will face forward; one will face backward to provide the support needed for the chick to stand.  Continue wrapping each "toe" wire individually with embroidery floss to cover the floral wire.  Tuck any loose ends under and affix with glue.  Repeat with remaining wires to create the second leg.  Use wire cutters to trim legs or toes to achieve the look you like.
Step 8Put a dab of glue on the top of each leg, then part the yarn and insert in the body of the chick.

Step 9:  To finish, glue a small millinery flower on one side of the chick's head.

Lark Crafts is giving Rook No. 17 readers a chance to win a copy of Adventures in Pompom Land.  Enter below.  Good luck!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure:  I received a review copy of Adventures in Pompom Land from Lark Crafts.  
All opinions are genuine and are my own.

This project has been linked-up with:
The Spring Fling Party from Flamingo Toes & Homework 
The Say G'Day Saturday Linky Part at Natasha in Oz

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