Mascarpone Pannacotta is amazing with salted caramel and hazelnuts. And you can make it the day before!
Summer has now past us by in the Southern Hemisphere, but of course it is only just beginning in the North….. lucky you. It is now quite cool and a tee-shirt is no longer enough clothing required when leaving the house in the morning. In Australia, as a rule the sun is very strong whether it is summer or winter, we coat our children in sunscreen and dress them in sleeves and shorts for swimming, trying to protect them as long as we have control. During the years when they think they are bullet proof, and summers seem endless, we usually have to remind them on a daily basis to cover up, and sometimes need to remind ourselves to be vigilant checking our skin for growths and marks.
Several of my friends have found marks that have resulted in scary surgery in the last couple of months. One has had a large section of her forehead cut out and the other a large patch of skin on her arm. With this in mind I booked an appointment at the skin clinic with a small mark on my arm that has been there for a while…… it was definitely skin cancer ( in my mind).
After a busy week I got a reminder on my iphone…… Skin Clinic appointment 4pm (and it was 3pm). I rushed off to have my spot checked…… and this is where this story becomes quite alarming…….for the doctor.
The Doctor was a very presentable looking fellow, middle aged but well built, good looking but not overly handsome. After a handshake he had me behind a curtain getting undressed. The curtain had a gap at the bottom. It was enough of a gap so that you could see half of the shins of the person sitting on the bench facing his desk after declothing. As I sat on the bench, just before the curtain was pulled back I looked down at my hairy legs and nearly died. How had I imagined that a trip to the skin doctor would actually pan out?. How had I neglected to be properly presented ?. The curtain was drawn, and as I stood there in my underwear, my furry legs keeping me warm, I imagined that the floor would swallow me up.
The good news of course was that the small growth I have on my arm is a perfectly normal flat skin wart that grows on people as they age. ……. oh yay, hairy legs and an arm wart as I age !
This is a dessert worth eating when you want to celebrate life…ie …..all the time…..and especially when you want to move on from alarming experiences
Mascarpone Pannacotta with Salted Caramel and Pears
Panna Cotta makes 6
- 250 gm Mascarpone
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of thickened cream (150ml)
- 40 gm caster sugar ( 2 Tablsp)
- 2 sheets of gelatine ( 8 gm )gold or titanium
- 1/2 scrapped vanilla bean
- 250 gm caster sugar
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 drops of lemon juice( add to water)
- 150 gm chopped cold butter ( can be salted but watch the amount of salt you add later on)
- 150ml ( 1/2 cup) thickened cream
- 1/2 teaspoon flaked ( maldon ) sea salt
- 1 cup of caster (granulated) sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of wine ( white is best or red)
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- Orange and lemon peel slices rind only
- 2 large firm Pears
- 100 gm lightly roasted peeled hazelnuts
- 2 Tablespoons of oil ( or less if you prefer)
- 2 Tblspns of caster ( granulated) sugar
- 100 gm (3.5oz )good quality dark chocolate ( preferably 70 *).
Melt the chocolate gently over a double boiler, til just melted. Spread onto a baking paper lined tray with a pallet knife and cool. Break into pieces and keep in the freezer till needed.
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