I browsed for lemon panna cotta images and found this one. Yup, lemon based panna cotta topped with passionfruit curd. It looks refreshing and appealing. But I did not want to take the passion fruits I bought for pleasing mum. How about lemon curd? Is it too much lemon, both base and the topping? Suddenly, an idea of green tea red bean flashed my mind. OK, let’s give it a trial. I love the lemony pudding with the red bean which added a special texture. Yeah yeah! Just the portion was not small. It filled 6 cylinder glasses + another 4, larger and smaller glasses.
I served 3 of my cell group members and one from another group before our bible lesson. As the other friend has her few friends attending the class, I gave her the biggest portion for her sharing. Amazingly, this little lovely dessert blessed her distressed friend and became her encouragement. I was astonished.
Buttermilk Lemon Panna Cotta
1 cup milk with 1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
zest from 2 lemons
3½ cups whipping cream
200g cups sugar
In a large bowl, combine buttermilk, lemon juice and zest, whisk to combine. Set aside.
Bloom the gelatin with ice water. Set the bowl aside.
Combine whipping cream and sugar in a medium sauce pot. Over medium heat, warm the cream and sugar to just below a simmer, stirring continuously to dissolve the sugar. When the cream is just around 70C, turn off heat and gently whisk in the bloomed gelatin until incorporated.
Pour the hot cream into the buttermilk-lemon mixture and gently stir. Carefully transfer the mixture and pour into individual cups, transferring the cups into the refrigerator until set. This takes about 3-4 hours.
Mine was a bit grainy. Not sure if I should add the green tea powder at the end.
Pipe the green tea cream on top of the panna cotta.
Red Bean paste
130g soaked red bean
30g rock sugar
Cook the soaked red bean till reaching the boiling point. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add and dissolve rock sugar. Simmer it until most of the moisture has evaporated.
Spoon the red bean paste on the green tea cream.